Road test: 2010 Audi A5 Sportback

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2010 Audi A5 Sportback | test

The A5 Sportback is a fine-looking

Great looking

More than A5 coupe


Turbo lag at low speeds

Slightly gearbox

Expensive when

The Sportback is essentially an A5 sedan; it the A5 coupe ’s rakish looks, but rear doors and a hatch-style Audi hopes it will to people that find the A4 or A6 a bit to staid, and well it might: a fine car and although we were disappointed by the turbo lag and a slightly gearbox, it’s still to be on its own merits. The only fly in its ointment is the impressive, more powerful and Volkswagen CC V6 .

The A5 Sportback has a much stylish, coupe -like than regular sedans

The engine currently available in the A5 in these parts is the 2.0-litre unit, and it unfortunately suffers a from turbo lag, there’s a light delay you put your foot down and a big gob of power that can prove a bit at lower speeds.

Once we got moving however, we the A5 Sportback to be a fine drive, a smooth engine that not exactly brimming with at 211bhp certainly has a bit of poke to it.

The dual clutch S tronic surprised us – in most Audis so that we’ve driven, loved it, but in the A5 Sportback, it felt sluggish, especially in manual through the optional paddles It’s still a perfectly bit of technology; it’s just we’re sure it’s better in other models.


Audi’s quattro drive system makes for traction off the line and stability the turns. Handling is great, a nice balance between and performance, quick steering and of feedback from the front

The boot on the A5 sportback is a hatchback-like

Our test car had a dynamic steering (a 6,500AED option with the DriveSelect system), which the power assistance and lower to help manoeuvring and reduced it at speeds. It worked well, spins of the wheel easy parking but feeling nice and at larger velocities.

The ride is on the firm side, as Audis tend to be – the stability you get cornering is the pay off for that and it’s not harsh, but you might want to down a bit for speed bumps if used to more forgiving on other cars.

The A5 Sportback is comfortable. We’re pleased the driver’s sports seat (a option) goes nice and in keeping with the sporty and built quality is exemplary, as come to expect from Wind noise is minimal and the experience is a quiet one.

The is as well made as we#39;ve to expect from Audi, the design is nothing new

Space for the two passengers is ever so slightly when compared to something an A4. The Sportback retains the sloping roofline of the coupe, so to avoid any crushing, Audi has put indentations in the to accommodate people in the back. It but it does still feel a bit and taller occupants will find their head the roof lining.

If we had any criticism, it would centre the lack of surprise or excitement – exactly as we’d expect of a Audi and feels somewhat to the range. That’s no bad thing as interiors are great without but a bit more differentiation between the would be nice.

Practicality is the of the Sportback model over the A5 and accordingly it’s fairly There’s a decent sized pockets with room for a of drink and a rather small under the centre armrest things and plug in your if you have one.

Taller seat passengers might they had more headroom

A unusual compliment is that the two cupholders are some of the best experienced in a car; very and very good at holding beverage of choice steady. It seem like an odd thing to out, but so many manufacturers get it with the result that sloshes everywhere when you to make a sudden manoeuvre.

a power outlet and an ashtray for in the back. The boot is fairly at 480 litres and the hatchback-style tailgate a large aperture for loading and The rear seats fold to increase the boot size.

There are plenty of features and available on the A5 Sportback, although of them cost extra. Our car came with the best of 30,000AED-worth of options and it wouldn’t be to put almost 90,000AED on extras the car.

Riding on standard alloy wheels, the A5 Sportback can be with rims up to 20-inches in (for an extra 10,900AED)

The seats are among plenty of in the A5 Sportback that will you extra

Our test car came a CD player and two SD card slots for We seem to say this every we drive an Audi, but to repeat: who music on an SD card? Nobody we There is an iPod connection, but it a special Audi cable to Our test car came without the so we can’t tell you how good it is.

Annoyingly, such a feature is a option, which grates auxiliary input sockets are now in many cars that a quarter as much.

The MMI (Multimedia Interface) system, controls stereo, sat nav (a 12,000AED climate control and various ancillary systems, is easy to and looks great. No complaints other than the extra

Our test car also came front and rear parking with a rear parking (an extra 1,900AED) which graphics on the screen when the wheel so that you can easily see the projected trajectory. Expensive, but

2010 Audi A5 Sportback

safety features on the A5 Sportback ABS and active headrests to reduce the of whiplash injuries in an accident. Six at the front and side are standard, rear side airbags are extra. ISOFIX child mounting points are included on all

No crash test information for the A5 was available at the time of writing.

The A5 Sportback is 179,000AED, but as previously a highly specced version be more than 250,000AED. cheaper than its A5 Coupe but 24,000AED more than the A6 with the same engine – worth considering if your priority is practicality.

A very noteworthy rival is the CC V6. which costs 169,000AED loaded, although it has a regular boot rather than the tailgate found in the Audi. as we think the A5 Sportback is, we’d be pressed to recommend it over the VW at price.

Fuel economy the A5 Sportback’s official combined is 7.4 litres per 100km, which it an impressive theoretical range of from its 64-litre fuel

The A5 Sportback comes with a unlimited mileage warranty. services are due every 30,000km and cost around 1,400AED at the of writing.

2010 Audi A5

Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged

Max power (bhp/rpm): 211/4,300-6,000

Max (Nm/rpm): 350/1,500-4,200

Transmission: dual clutch automatic

wheels: Four-wheel drive

weight: 1,615kg

Price From 179,900AED

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