What does it mean to be an A5? A lot it seems. Since its launch in 2007, the Audi A5 has been a huge success for the German manufacturer. First appearing in two-door coupé form, the range expanded to include convertibles and the Sportback. Based on the A4, the A5 is like its sportier cousin.
For the 2018 model year, expect an all-new A5. Its coupé line and huge hatchback-esque rear boot space might confuse you a little at first. Is this a coupé or sedan, you might ask? Well, it’s a bit of both; Audi has found the perfect middle ground for those who can’t decide between the two.
An amalgamation of the sporty two-door body style and a practical family car, the A5 sees the same coupé line that Audi has mastered so well, which swoops back to highlight a sensibly spacious boot that could rival a hatchback. Whether it’s their smallest engine model or their fastest, this car has that clean and sporty edge you look for in a class that’s otherwise over-run with wannabe small luxury execs. The A5, however, is the real deal; it has the charisma and quality to back it up.
As with every Audi — from the itty-bitty A1 to the limo-like A8 — it has superb interior quality. Audi isn’t known to compromise when it comes to material choices. Optional Nappa leather seats can be heated and ventilated, so you’re prepared for any weather mother nature throws your way. The new A5 is also roomier than its predecessor, with 11mm more shoulder room. If you’re seated in the rear, you’ll be able to stretch out more with the extra 24mm knee room. The boot sees an impressive 480-litres of cargo space with the seats up and 1,300-litres when they’re down.
There’s also a lot of technology on hand. Audi’s updated MMI (Multi Media Interface) is right next to the gear lever and linked to a large 8.3-inch colour display. A TFT screen features prominently, acting as the instrument panel directly in front of the driver on equipped models. This is similar to what you will find in the latest A4, TT, R8 etc. An optional head-up display means you’ll never have to take your eyes off the road. You’ll also find everything from Apple Car Play, Android Auto and a wireless smartphone charging pad to Bang & Olufsen audio, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, and even a personal WiFi hotspot amongst other entertainment features. The technology doesn’t just make your ride more fun it also makes it safer. An array of built-in sensors, cameras and computers help keep you on the roads with the most minimal of efforts.
So how about performance? Besides a 2.0-litre inline-four that delivers 190hp, there’s also a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel V6 option that manages an impressive 286hp. Depending on the model and where you live, you’ll be able to select between a six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S ironic dual clutch or eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission. Efficiency is improved across the range, so this means more economy for the wallet and less time spent at the fuel station. Like other Audis, the A5 Sportback is offered in front-wheel drive and Quattro four-wheel drive.