Audi’s latest A5 bodystyle, the Sportback, offers a stylish and slightly more practical alternative to the recently released Coupe. Could its blend of slinky styling and four-door versatility make it a hit with UK buyers? Read on for full details…
Not only has the Sportback’s body been heavily refreshed, but a range of efficient engines and a more spacious interior should help it keep pace with the likes of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Volkswagen CC.
2017 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback styling
The new Sportback takes the latest A5’s handsome front end and grafts on a pair of additional doors and a noticeably bigger rear. The strong crease that runs the length of the car remains, however, as do the angular brake lights and the subtle rear spoiler.
The Sportback’s more curvaceous roofline and sharp tail do a good job of disguising its more spacious cabin – from some angles you might not notice the additional pair of door handles just above the rear wheels.
2017 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback interior
Front seat passengers will benefit from slightly more knee and shoulder room than in the coupe but the basic cabin design remains mostly unchanged. Despite its more bulbous shape, the Sportback can only carry a modest 15 litres more luggage than the standard car with most of the extra space given over to passengers.
For the odd trip to the tip, the rear seats can be folded to create a more practical 1,300-litre load bay with a completely flat floor. Unlike the A5 coupe, a 40:20:40 split in the rear seats is offered at no extra cost. An 8.3-inch touchscreen with Audi’s MMI infotainment system comes as standard but the excellent 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display will be an optional extra.
2017 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback engines and driving
The Sportback will be offered with the same selection of two petrol and three diesel engines as its coupe brother. Lesser models will come with a 2.0-litre petrol or 2.0-litre diesel engine, both capable of producing 187hp – more powerful versions will be treated to as much as 282hp from a 3.0-litre diesel V6.
The range-topping S5 version comes with a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 producing 349hp – allowing you to thoroughly scare your passengers by blasting to 62mph from rest in just 4.7 seconds.
2017 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback price and release date
The new A5 Sportback will go on sale in mid-October following a public appearance at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Entry-level models will set you back approximately £30,500 – slightly undercutting the £32,000 Coupe. High-performance S5 versions will cost closer to £44,000, however.
Save money on your new Audi A5 Sportback
Before the new car goes on sale, use our Audi A5 configurator to view the best deals on the outgoing model from our network of trusted dealers – many will be keen to clear space in their showrooms. If you’re not sure what to buy, check out our car chooser tool and deals page or use our PCP calculator to get a better idea how much your new car could cost.