Audi A5 Sportback 2016 – front cornering
We’ve only just driven the new Audi A5 in two-door form, but now the five-door Sportback version has been revealed ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut next month.
As expected, the design hasn’t changed much from the outgoing model, with a front-end that’s identical to the standard A5 coupe’s. The side-on shape is much curvier than the A4 saloon on which it’s based, with a swooping profile, rising shoulderline and wider wheelarches.
Frameless doors also set the A5 Sportback apart but look straight-on at the rear end and you’d struggle to tell it apart from the two-door A5. The S5 performance version’s more muscular styling is again carried over from the 2-door A5. The Sportback also retains the hatchback bootlid of the outgoing car, giving it a practicality advantage over the coupe and A4 saloon.
The A5 Sportback body itself is only fractionally longer and wider than the A4, but it’s 41mm lower and has a wider track. The wheelbase is 2,824mm, around 4mm longer than the A4, so Audi is claiming considerably better accomodation for front and rear seat passengers plus a 480-litre boot. Despite that, it weighs as much as 85kg less.
Audi A5 2016 – interior 2
Inside, as expected, the front cabin is entirely identical to that of the A5, with the same virtual cockpit digital instruments and central MMI infotainment screen. It also retains the same level of driver assist equipment. In the back, there’s three seatbelts so the A5 is, in theory at least, a five-seater. Expect headroom to be reduced by the sloping roofline, however.
The familiar range of four and six-cylinder diesel and petrols transfer over to the Sportback, with a choice of six-speed manual and seven or eight-speed auto gearboxes. The range kicks off with a 188bhp 2.0-litre TFSI petrol, while 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre diesels are also available in various power outputs from 187bhp to 282bhp. Fuel economy figures have yet to be announced, however.
The S5 uses the same 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol with 349bhp, firing the Sportback from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, which is the same as the coupe. The S5 is quattro-only, while the rest of the Sportback range is front-wheel drive with quattro four-wheel drive as an option.
The A5 and S5 Sportback range is expected to hit UK showrooms at the start of 2017 after the covers come off at Paris. In Europe, prices kick off from €37,800 (around £31,700).
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