Audi A5| Sportback

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Audi A5 Sportback

First Drive: Audi A5 3.0-litre diesel

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Audi A5 Sportback

Audi A5

Luxury car buyers could be for suffering from niche If you believe the marketing hype, second new model has broken new or re-defined its segment. which us to the new Audi A5 Sportback, which the maker claims has forged a new segment.

Audi says the A5 is the best of three worlds: the of a luxury sedan, the emotional of a coupe and the practicality of a wagon.

The four-seater’s point of difference is a rear tailgate that to create a wide opening for similar to a wagon. The rear split-fold and when they’re flat, they more double the car’s luggage from 480 to 980 litres. In comparison, the A5 luggage capacity with the down is 829 litres.

The Sportback carries on the load-lugging with luggage tie-down shopping basket hooks, a shelf, rear light and 12 outlet. The overall luggage is only a fraction more an A4 sedan, but the liftback makes large items a lot more

Audi says the car will to people who currently own a wagon and like something sportier, but do without the extra space and

In the flesh, the Sportback certainly a more exciting prospect a conventional sedan. The swooping gives the car a distinctively sporty that is more A5 coupe A4 sedan.

Inside, though, the car offers more rear leg and head than the coupe. It is a genuine while the coupe’s rear is basically a kids-only prospect.

The gripe – and admittedly it come down to personal – is the four-seat layout. has done nothing special to the seats to justify not having a seatbelt in the back. Unlike four-seaters, there’s no centre console and no individual bolstering for the

Instead, there is a fold armrest (which most sedans have anyway) and simply looks like an middle seat.

Even outgoing managing director, Hofmann, admits he would preferred the car to have a fifth But the company’s general manager of Immo Buschmann, says the layout is another small of differentiation for the customer looking for a little different.

Elsewhere in the cabin, the A5 has Audi’s quality feel and attention to All the instruments are easy to read, the fall to hand easily, the system for air-conditioning, satellite and audio controls is easy to and the steering wheel controls you rarely have to take eyes off the road. Our test the 3.0-litre diesel version will make up 30 per cent of had optional two-tone leather tasteful wood inserts, created a feel of understated

On the open road, the 176kW was effortless and refined. With of torque available, it made work of overtaking and climbing while the seven-speed dual transmission shifted quickly and

Around town, the engine was quiet at idle, but the dual-clutch was a little jerky at times.

Audi A5 Sportback

At speeds, the A5’s ride is but comfortable, with good control over bumps. At low on rougher roads, though, it a little harsh at times.

The drive layout provides of grip, and the A5’s steering better as the car travels faster the bends. Overall, the car feels and surefooted, sitting flat corners and remaining composed corrugations.

As with all German brands, Audi’s A5 Sportback with some rude to the wallet. The diesel version $89,100, almost $11,000 than the 2.0-litre petrol. from the stronger and more engine (it’s half a quicker to 100km/h and uses 6.6 of fuel per 100km to the petrol’s the diesel version also front and rear parking larger 18-inch wheels and inlays.

Optional extras include navigation ($4550), blind and lane keeping assistance and Audi Drive Select, allows the driver to select different settings for the suspension, throttle response and gearshift On the petrol model, the feature $3500, while on the diesel, it with a sports differential and $7600. The sports differential the torque between the rear to provide better drive and understeer (where the car’s pushes wide) out of corners.

An pack, which includes wheels, sports seats, leather and 18-inch wheels, $6200 on the petrol and $4500 on the model.

Overall, the Sportback is a compelling for luxury buyers looking for that stands out in the carpark, but come with the usual of a sports car.

As an everyday it certainly outshines the A5 coupe, decent head and legroom for passengers and more luggage easily accessed from the back tailgate.

Unlike recent niche vehicles German luxury manufacturers, the does actually make as a niche vehicle.

Audi the Sportback to be the volume seller in the A5 and on initial inspection, it should hit the

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