Some would argue the A5 Sportback is a redundant product since it’s essentially an A4 Sedan with a different body. Audi would beg to disagree and show you the sales chart to prove introducing this niche model has turned out to be a wise decision. In the first quarter of the year, Audi delivered 12,056 units of the swoopy hatchback, making it the third most popular car in the A4/A5 family.
The A5 received a facelift last year that came along with a major change for the hot S5 model. It lost the V6 gasoline engine in Europe to make room for a diesel rated at 342 horsepower and 700 Newton-meters (516 pound-feet) of torque. It was a rather bold move from Audi to ditch the 3.0-liter TFSI altogether on the Old Continent, with the U.S. and other parts of the world keeping the gasoline-fueled powertrain.
Auditography recently had the opportunity to spend a few hours with the facelifted model in Euro apparel in Warsaw, Poland. It was a Turbo Blue example with aluminum accents that looked like a million bucks. We’d argue it’s one of the most attractive cars to carry the Four Rings these days and we’ll forgive it for having fake exhaust tips on the right side. Why? Because you can’t really tell unless you look closer, plus the sound the exhaust makes has more appeal than a usual TDI.
Aside from filming the S5 Sportback diesel, Auditography also had the opportunity to experience its acceleration. As with many other Audis, the official numbers regarding acceleration are turning out to be understated. The Ingolstadt-based marque may say it takes 4.9 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 km/h), but a Vbox mounted inside this car registered a 4.76-second time.
The S5 looks like the whole package and a worthy adversary for the BMW 440i Gran Coupe, yet another sedan turned into sleek liftback. Mercedes might jump on this bandwagon in the years to come as we’ve heard through the grapevine the CLC could return, but with an extra pair of doors.