2018 Audi A5 Sportback Reviews
During our compact Big Test compact sedan comparison, the Audi A4 won in almost every category, but could not win our hearts. Part of it has to do with its design, which showcases the precision and precision of Audi but is largely unemotional. For customers who would choose the A4 if it were not for its quiet appearance, there is now 2018 Audi A5 Sportback to consider.
2018 Audi A5 Sportback
2018 Audi A5 Sportback Overviews and Features
Audi helped pioneer the modern swoopy hatchback sedan with the A7 and followed with a four-door version of the A5 for Europe.We did not get the first generation A5 Sportback, but Audi has decided to bring its latest iteration in the United States, probably after seeing the success that BMW has with the Gran Coupe Series.
The A5 Sportback, along with its sporty S5 siblings, emits design cues from the A5 and S5 coupes. But Audi has done more than just stretch the roofline and add a few more doors. The greenhouse has been given a distinctive shape with a rear window that is not so subtle bite style BMW Hofmeister Kink. Original or not, I can not refute results because the Sportback profile is pretty.
These four doors have a sexy silhouette of the A4, but the driving experience is very similar-and that means very good. All-wheel drive comes standard on the Sportback, so the handling is great. The launch took place in Seattle, Washington, and the Pacific Northwest lived up to its reputation for wet weather by dropping rain on our driving routes.
But with a superb handle given the Quattro all-wheel drive, you can barely say the sidewalks are wet at all. Audi’s already-familiar Audi inline-four inline-four features 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque on the A5 Sportback, which is more than enough to keep the car moving down a wooded back track outside the city. The engine is powered by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that offers fine gear changes and an ever-present logical shift in the right gear. The tires were a bit noisy on the highway, but the ride was not quiet in all modes as I switched to S5 with the S Sport package available.
The package adds an adaptive suspension, Quattro sport differential, and a larger six-piston front brake, and this is necessary if you want the Audi dynamic steering speed parameters. The electronically adjustable damper is soft and fit when the straight way but tightened significantly for the angle. The sharp turn-in, and all-wheel drive allow the acceleration of the outburst from an angle. The sport suspension remains standard on the S5, but regardless of the choice of suspension, each Sportback is at least 0.9 inches lower than the A4.
Like the S4 and S5 coupes, the S5 Sportback gets a new twin-scroll, hot-V turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 mated to eight-speed auto. Producing 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of power, the single turbine plant is expected by Audi to accelerate the S5 Sportback to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
We’ll see what we can really do when we get a test, but it sure feels fast when taking off from traffic lights. The Quattro system is soon connected – even in wet currents – sending the car sliding forward quickly but smoothly. There is no real trick to launch a car.
It just takes off without drama and speeds it up easily. In Dynamic mode, the gear shift is somewhat more aggressive, transmitting a bit of violence to improve the sporty perception. In any mode, the paddle shifter switches off the gear at dual-clutch-like speed. Both cars, however, experience an unbroken steering feel just like the newest Audis we’ve sampled.Dynamic mode adds steering effort, but no additional feedback.
A5 Sportback ride with a slightly stretched A4 rear wheel version that is 2.9 inches longer than the A5 coupe. The increased length gives 2.4 inches more space than the coupe. On paper, the back seat is smaller than the A4, but that’s not a striking difference. I can sit behind my own driving position with empty space, and the headroom behind is sufficient for a higher journalist.
The standard seat on the A5 Sportback is quite comfortable and supportive, but the S sport seats S of Skate leather stitched with diamonds from S5 are more suited for winding mountain roads. With both seats, I can adjust it to a low driving position and get a decent H point.
The interior trim on the A5 looks pretty premium, with high quality plastic and metallic finishing that surrounds the driver and passengers. Things get very upscale on S5, though, with our tester coming with carbon fiber inlays on the dash and center console, Alcantara door panels, and contrast contrasting stitches everywhere. The MMI infotainment system with 7.0 inch center display comes standard, but a higher resolution 8.3 inch screen is available with navigation recognition capabilities and handwriting on the control buttons.
The Audi Cockpit instrument screen is available for A5 and S5, and looks just as impressive as any other. Also available is a colorful head-up screen, which can be placed high on your line of sight (or low, if you want) and has bright and easy-to-read characters.
Of course, one more benefit of choosing A5 Sportback over the A4 sedan is the rear liftgate. The cargo area offers 21.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat compared to just 13 cubic feet for A4 luggage. With the seat folded down, which expands to 35 cubic feet. The rear bench is a split 40/20/40 split design, so the cargo area can be configured in various ways. Audi says seating capacity is a big factor for customers during cross-shopping vehicles, so the A5 Sportback only offers seats for five people, unlike the A7, which offers four and five seater configurations.
2018 Audi A5 Sportback
2018 Audi A5 Sportback Price
The Audi A5 Sportback starts at $ 43,575, which is $ 3,225 more than the comparable Audi A4 price. But you get a power liftgate, more cargo space, a panoramic sunroof, and a much more interesting exterior to look at. The Sportback’s starting price is a key step with the BMW 430i Gran Coupe, but if you want the xDrive all-wheel drive you have to pay $ 1,620 more than Audi. The S5 Sportback starts at $ 55,375, or $ 3,880 more than the Gran x 440i Coupe, which makes power lower at 320 hp and 330 lb-ft.
A4 has many things to stimulate the left side of the brain, with a balance of performance, practicality, refinement, and luxury, but not much to satisfy the right side. The A5 Sportback offers an almost identical driving experience with the A4 wrapped in an exterior package that will make you look nostalgic every time you walk away from it-with additional cargo space being an added bonus.