American Audi enthusiasts are currently overjoyed with the fact that the four-ringed brand now offers more interesting cars in American than ever before. We now get the RS3, albeit in sedan form, an A3 Sportback, albeit only in e-tron variant, and, most importantly, an A5 Sportback. While Europe got the first-generation A5 Sportback, America was left without one. Now, we get one and we can’t get enough. So TFLC recently put out this video review of the newest four-door Audi.
Basically, the Audi A5 Sportback is a four-door Audi A5. It sits on the same wheelbase as the Audi A4, but it gets the same suspension, steering and body lines as the A5 Coupe. From the B-pillar back, though, it’s completely unique. It sports an aggressively raked roofline and a hatchback trunk. This makes it far more practical than both the A5 Coupe and A4 Sedan. Plus, it has the sexy looks of a coupe. So it’s win/win.
Inside, it’s all Audi A4/A5, with the same fresh dash layout, MMI screen and Virtual Cockpit. It’s very slick and very good looking while being extremely well built. All of the Audis in the segment share the same interior but that’s not such a bad thing as it’s the best interior in its class. Not only is it good looking, it features great technology, impressive ergonomics and surprising comfort. It’s just a fantastic place to spend long periods of time.
Under the hood is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the same one shared with its coupe counterpart. So it makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, both class-leading. That engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and powers all four wheels. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard on the A5 Sportback and there is no front-wheel drive option, in America at least. With a good launch, Audi claims the A5 Sportback can get from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. That’s not bad and is about as fast as a MKVII VW GTI. It’s not crazy quick but it’s fast enough to be fun.
TFLC’s Roman Mica gives it a test drive and seems to be impressed with the Audi A5 Sportback. He likes the way it looks, drives and how much practicality it has. According to him, if it were his money, he’d but the Sportback over the Coupe and over the Audi A4.