Audi A5 Sportback: Road Test

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Audi A5 Sportback

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Intersecting coupe, wagon and bodystyles, the Audi A5 Sportback is a alternative to either, but it does its limitations.

Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI


Price guide price before statutory charges): $68,700

Options to test car (not included in price): Metallic Paint MMI Navigation Plus $4550; climate control $1250; Drive Select $450

rating: Five-star (EuroNCAP)

fuel economy (L/100km): 4.8

CO2 (g/km): 127

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Audi’s curious predilection for liftback models, or Sportback in speak, is something that really made sense to me. The of the Sportback, according to Audi, is a that has the practicality of a wagon, the of a sedan and the style of a coupe.

That sounds fine and but what you sometimes end up with is the of these three body not just the positives.

Case in for the Audi A5 is rearward vision. The window isn’t what describe as expansive and the blind are significant. Perform a headcheck and be met with a C-pillar so thick not Superman could see through it.

said if you want to tick a few extras you can add a blind spot system.

Also, the practicality of a wagon is not realised with the A5 Sportback, as was discovered upon to squeeze a large box into the area. The boot is wide and with 480 litres of space, but it has a load area due to the sloping As such, a large box will not fit serious grunting/shoving/cursing.

For all its failings however, the A5 has many and Audi designer Walter can be applauded for creating an appealing The Audi A5 has recently (March been given a mid-life which adds newly front and rear aprons, new LED light designs front and and minor changes to the cabin. headlights and 18-inch alloy are now standard, too.

This vehicle’s fundamental purpose, to people, is well executed. The car a refined air in most respects, the way it rides smoothly over quality roads to general fit and and the way the doors thud shut. seat room was a pleasant as well, with more enough room for a child on one side and an … on the other.

The Audi A5 Sportback is a comfortable to drive with nicely seats and pleasant tactility in all the places — steering gear stick, heating etc. This sense of is reinforced in the way the car is motivated, the 2.0-litre engine delivering smooth, acceleration via one of the best CVT units on the

The monotonous droning resonance affects some CVT systems is noticeable in this application.

Audi A5 Sportback

four-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled engine delivers the kind of that a decade ago would have been afforded a six-cylinder engine, and with the of efficiency that a six couldn’t to match. Outputting 130kW at and 380Nm at 1750rpm the Audi A5 2.0 TDI smoothly but strongly, while the of low end torque makes urban easy.

There was a little lag between the throttle and getting full but for everything this side of a overtaking manoeuvre the engine adequately responsive.

Fuel use is impressive, though it was not possible to the claimed fuel efficiency of We recorded an average of 7.3L/100km. the sort of driving undertaken the seven day test — commuting — the figure is helped along by an idle system.

Spending time in the seat reveals a quiet that shuts out most noises and, if the badges and were disguised, one would be to tell the car was a diesel from alone.

The interior is typical Audi: simple affair at first The MMI system and audio controls are around the gear stick and intuitive to the author, but the HVAC required too many inputs to minor adjustments. For instance, to the fan speed is not simply a matter or a dial or pushing a button, you to do both.

This is one of the few areas the interior design has gone

Dynamically speaking, the Audi A5 is hard to fault. It approaches with a positive attitude, predictably and is enjoyable to drive but the steering is still not as good as its rivals’, wanting for feel and There’s a sense of disconnection the driver and the front wheels, as if the assistance has been cranked up too masking any meaningful response.

Priced from just $70,000, the Audi A5 Sportback is a mid-sized prestige car that a pleasant middle ground sportiness and practicality. Though it has its there are more positives negatives and it rises to the occasion in respects while making a visual impression.

Audi’s of Sportbacks may be bordering on obsessive A1, A3, A5 and A7 Sportback models now available), but spending a week behind the it’s difficult to refute the of this German trend-setter.

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