Craig Thomas’s Audi A5 Sportback road test | 17/05/2010

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Audi A5 Sportback

road report


The A5 Sportback with a choice of seven a 2.0-litre TFSI with two ratings (177 and 208bhp), 3.2-litre FSI petrol unit and 4.2-litre V8 in the S5, or 2.0, 2.7 and 3.0 TDI diesels 167, 187 and 236bhp outputs 258, 295 and 368lb-ft of torque), All the engines are excellent, with the diesels, in particular, pulling in the middle of the rev range, making cruising a breeze.

The 3.2-litre V6 is and sounds great, but the other units are perfectly adequate for is essentially a cruiser, rather a performance car. The 2.0-litre has a stop-start system to increase consumption and reduce emissions, cuts the engine when in traffic and the gears are disengaged This system means a six-speed manual gearbox is the transmission option, but other in the range either have a automatic gearbox either as standard or as an option (Ј1,450).

Ride Handling

As we said the A5 Sportback is a cruiser rather a performance car. It’s at home on motorways or major A eating up the miles. The reason for is that the handling, while adequate, is not hugely involving or

The steering is light and lacks any feedback, so you’re not going to like chucking it into That said, it’s balanced, body roll is and there’s plenty of grip, to a new electronic differential lock on models and a new sport differential on quattro models: both devices redistribute the drive to the wheels with the best of grip, helping to stabilise the

The ride quality on the SE model too bad: it does feel a unsettled on poor road and urban environments, but it’s fine on the open road. If you up to the S-line trim, though, it all falls apart, thanks to a sports suspension and larger wheels.

Build Quality

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Audi A5 Sportback

The pick of the engines in the A5 are the 2.0-litres, whether you’re for a petrol or a diesel. For petrol the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine in 177- and 208bhp forms and deliver strong acceleration the gears.

From rest to 62mph in the model takes 8.1 seconds, the more potent 208bhp-engined need just 6.7 seconds if you go for the manual gearbox shared the 177bhp unit, or 6.5 seconds if you opt for S-Tronic seven-speed double-clutch that is a manual transmission but a clutch pedal. This is one of the double-clutch gearboxes around and quick, seamless changes you use the steering wheel paddle gear lever or let the gearbox as an automatic.

The 208bhp 2.0-litre engine is with Quattro four-wheel as standard for better traction off the but if you don’t want it the 0-62mph this engine takes a longer at 7.1 seconds. There’s a 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine 261bhp, four-wheel drive and the double-clutch gearbox that 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds but feel and strained as it works through its

Better is the 141bhp 2.0-litre though it’s undermined by a CVT variable transmission). It might not be as at 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds but it makes for a far all-round experience thanks to its mid-rev muscle. The 167bhp turbodiesel is an even better offering 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds in guise or 8.7 as a front-drive only

Either way, this is the of the Sportback range of engines as the V6 and 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel simply feel as swift as their suggests. The 2.7 is hampered by its CVT gearbox and the is quick but uninspiring.


Could do better is what the A5 report card would from the school of dynamics. ample grip in corners, but a shortage on feel through the or in the way A5 Sportback behaves and responds. The car curiously detached from is going on in a way that doesn’t in a BMW 3-Series saloon or estate.

The A5 Sportback also needs to more suppleness in its suspensions in most models. The 2.0-litre and diesel models are acceptably when fitted with suspension, but avoid the optional Select system that selectable suspension and steering as its all fall into gaps where it needs to be. The S Line of the A5 Sportback also miss targets by being too rigidly set and into potholes.

All in all, the smaller-engined, more basic redeem the A5 Sportback from less well here.

Quality Reliability


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