Many people have criticized Audi for introducing the A5 Sportback, saying it’s a redundant product and not much different than the A4 Sedan. The company proved them wrong as sales of the four-door coupe have been consistently strong, and we’d argue the car looks better than its conventionally styled sibling. Both of them received a nip and tuck last fall, bringing an assortment of well-thought-out tweaks perfectly illustrated in this lengthy 30-minute video of an S Line model.
Shot by crospotter13 / YouTube straight on the dealership floor at Porsche Inter Auto in Zagerb, Croatia, this fine specimen is in the 35 TDI specification. As per Audi’s latest and rather confusing nomenclature, it means the car is equipped with a 2.0-liter diesel engine delivering 163 horsepower and 380 Newton-meters (280 pound-feet) of torque.
We’re dealing with a front-wheel-drive car equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission and finished in Daytona Grey Metallic with Pearl Effect paint. While the local base price of the A5 Sportback 35 TDI is €43,647, this one has a ton of options that have raised the price to €57,576. One of them is the black optic package replacing all chrome accents with a more elegant dark finish. In addition, both front and rear LED lights come with dynamic turn signals sending out a premium vibe.
Not everything about the design is great, though. Around the 4:10 mark, you can see that while the left exhaust tip is functional, the one on the right is fake. It’s a bit of a disappointment seeing this on an S Line model, but even hot S models have a similar arrangement, so it’s not really a surprise anymore. The only ones that have managed to do without the faux exhaust tips are the RS cars with their beefy oval tips.
While the interior has been essentially carried over from the pre-facelift model, the central display now runs on Audi’s new quicker and more powerful MIB3 infotainment system. The touchscreen is also larger than before, at 10.1 inches, and this new setup has eliminated the previous rotary push button. Unlike the larger models with their lower positioned touchscreen for the climate controls, the A5 Sportback soldiers on with conventional buttons and knobs.
Overall, it’s a solid update for the car’s mid-cycle update to keep it fresh and competitive against the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Mercedes hasn’t coupe-ified the C-Class yet, but there are rumors suggesting it will do with the next-generation model by resurrecting the CLC while adding rear doors.