The Audi A5 Sportback is a stylish five-door coupe with room for a family of four and a lovely interior. It’s comfortable and easy to drive, but alternatives are more fun
If you’re after a stylish family car that has an expensive-feeling interior and space for four adults then the Audi A5 Sportback should be on your shortlist.
True, it might not be quite as fun on a country road as a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, but it’s so close you won’t really care – it has plenty of grip and doesn’t lean much in corners.
Whichever model of Sportback you choose, you get an interior that makes a similarly priced BMWs look a little bit dated. The Audi’s large infotainment screen means there are few conventional buttons, which shows off the A5’s excellent plastic quality, consistent gaps between trim pieces and expensive-looking finishes – in short, it makes you feel pretty good about life when you’re behind the wheel.
It’s just as well-built as the similar-size Audi A4 saloon, yet the A5’s driving position feels lower and sportier. A wide range of adjustment for the steering wheel and driver’s seat means you’ll find it easy to get comfy regardless of how tall or short you are.
That goes for your rear-seat passengers too, who get plenty of knee room and a decent amount of headroom – but things start to feel a little crushed if you stick three people back there.
The Audi A5 Sportback is an A4 saloon in lycra – it’s essentially the same car underneath, but the slinky body makes it look sportier
In town, the Sportback’s light controls make it easy to drive and its suspension is comfortable so long as you don’t go for the optional sportier setup. It’s even quiet on the motorway, which makes long journeys relaxing.
If you mostly drive on the motorway, it’s worth choosing the 190hp 2.0-litre diesel engine that’s quick but also very frugal on fuel. If you do shorter journeys and fancy something a bit more sporty, choose the quicker 252hp 2.0-litre petrol.
The standard six-speed manual gearbox is slick, but the optional seven-speed automatic takes the stress out of town drive. If you often drive on wet, slippery roads it’s worth considering the optional quattro four-wheel-drive system.
If it’s going to be carrying you and your family it’s good to know the A5 Sportback was awarded five stars when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP.
In fact, if you want a car that looks stylish, feels premium, is decent to drive and has space for the family – few cars fit the brief as well as the Audi A5 Sportback.
You can read more detailed and in-depth analysis of the Audi A5 Sportback in the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of offers you can get on an Audi A5 Sportback, visit our deals page.