American Audi enthusiasts are pretty miffed that they don’t get the opportunity to buy some of Audi’s best cars. Sportbacks, wagons and many RS models have all been kept out of the North American market and it’s upsetting to many NA enthusiasts. However, one previously European-only model that is very likely to make it the US shores is the brand new Audi A5 Sportback. Car and Driver recently tested the new hatchback A5 and say that its journey to our shores is a likely one.
This is good news and news that we know will boost the moral of many Audi enthusiasts in North America. Especially considering that, after driving it, Car and Driver says it’s pretty damn good.
We already knew that the new, second-generation Audi A5 was a good car so it’s really no surprise that the A5 Sportback is equally as good. Being that it uses the same MLB chassis, which gives it a light, stiff and dynamic handling, the A5 Sportback is every bit as good as the standard coupe. In fact, its better looks, extra practicality and hatchback charm make it even more lovable.
In terms of driving dynamics and performance, the A5 Sportback is basically identical to the coupe. With the same 2.0 liter turbocharged TFSI four-cylinder engine, the A5 Sportback makes 252 hp, which makes it good for 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Its sole transmission option is also exactly the same, with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that makes rapid-fire shifts while being just as smooth as a standard torque-converter automatic. However, its shift-logic is so clever that you could leave it in regular automatic or sport mode and it will always have you in the right gear, whether you’re driving normally or sporty.
Now, Audi hasn’t said outright that the A5 Sportback would be making it across the Atlantic. However, the folks at Car and Driver seem to be pretty confident that it will be. Considering their sources and experience in the industry, we’re inclined to believe them. This is good news and should make hopeful American Audi enthusiasts very happy.