The Audi A5 Sportback is great for anyone in the front seats, it’ll take a couple of adults in the rear seats and the boot is easier to load than a saloon’s, but three in the back is a bit of a squeeze
There’s plenty of space in the front of the Audi A5 Sportback. All models come with a driver’s seat that adjusts for height and a steering wheel that adjusts for height and reach, so even if you have long legs and short arms you should be able to get comfortable behind the wheel.
Upgrade from SE to Sport trim and you get sports seats with extra side bolstering to hold you in place during hard cornering. The seats are electrically adjustable, making it easier to make minor adjustments to your seating position, and also include lumbar adjustment to ease back ache on long journeys.
Further upgrades require a visit to the option’s list however, where you can get kit such as heated front and rear seats (£300) and electrically adjustable front seats with a memory function (£800). The latter option is handy if you share the car with someone else because the driver’s seat can glide back to your preferred position at the touch of a button.
Jump into the back of the Audi A5 Sportback and you’ll find the rear seat feels almost identical to the A4 saloon save for smaller windows that let in less light. In terms of space though, average-sized adults will have loads of knee room and a decent amount of headroom even if they sit up straight.
It’s not the best car if you’ll regularly carry three adults in the back though – the middle seat is narrow and high, and the large hump in the floor eats into foot room.
Mind you, fitting a child seat doesn’t cause a major headache. The rear doors give you decent access – especially compared to the two-door A5 – so it’s easy to get the base into place and the Isofix anchors are easy to see once you remove their plastic covers. Once it’s fitted, you shouldn’t have a problem slotting the seat on top.
The Audi A5 Sportback is as practical as an A4 saloon when it comes to interior storage. It has a large glovebox that’ll happily swallow a big bottle of water or two, massive door bins that’ll do the same and another smaller cubby under the steering wheel that can also tuck away a couple of smaller water bottles. The centre console has a couple of sunken cupholders that’ll keep your drinks from spilling even if you’re driving quickly and there’s a deep cubby hidden under the front centre armrest that includes a USB socket to charge your phone.
The A5 Sportback is proof that you don't have to sacrifice any degree of practicality to have a sleek Audi coupe
The Audi A5 Sportback has a 480-litre boot, which is the same size as the boot in the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe but quite a lot smaller than the Volkswagen Arteon’s 563-litre load bay. That said it has useful features such as a netted smaller cubby for keeping the boot tidy, tethers to strap your luggage to the floor and hooks for holding your shopping upright.
Surprisingly, the Audi A5 Sportback’s big boot lid means it’s actually easier to load than the A4 saloon’s boot and it opens electrically by holding a button on the remote control. Once opened, the boot has space for a baby buggy, a set of golf clubs or three suitcases.
The Audi A5 Sportback’s rear seats split 40:20:40 so you can carry a couple of people in the back and fold down the middle seat to let long luggage poke through into the passenger compartment.
Fold all the rear seats down and total boot capacity is 1,300 litres. While there’s a low load lip to negotiate when loading awkward items, the rear seats fold flat making it much easier to load something like a bike with both its wheels attached – not bad for a sporty coupe.