Finally, thankfully, the Audi A5 Sportback is being sold in America. Even better still, it’s selling well. It seems that Americans are finally appreciating the charms of a four-door couple-like liftback…thing. However, European customers have long loved the A5 Sportback and get far more cars like it, such as the new Volkswagen Arteon (the Arteon is likely coming to America but nothing is certain as of yet). Said Volkswagen is very similar to the A5 Sportback, as it’s also a four-door coupe with a liftback tailgate that brings flash and style. But which one is better? Carwow finds out in this latest video.
The Arteon and A5 Sportback are quite similar cars, actually. Both have similar body styles, both come with similar four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines and both come with either front or all-wheel drive. The Volkswagen Group heritage is also shared, obviously. But the Volkswagen is a bit cheaper, so is it worth ditching some of the Audi A5 Sportback’s brand prestige for the cheaper Arteon?
According to Carwow, no.
While the Arteon is every bit as flash and stylish, possibly even more so, it’s not as good of a package, overall. It does have some redeeming features, though. The VW has far more rear passenger space, capable of even fitting an adult man in the rear foot wells. Not his feet, the entire adult man. It also can fit a bit more luggage in its trunk. However, as far as everything else is concerned, the Audi A5 Sportback is better.
Inside the Audi, not only is the design sleeker, it feels far more premium and has much better technology. It’s one of the best cabins in the business, so it’s better than the Arteons, despite the latter being quite good. It’s also much, much quieter on the inside. Audi has gone to extensive lengths to make its new cars quiet and it’s payed off. But, most importantly, the Audi A5 Sportback drives better. It’s sharper, more comfortable and more fun to drive, while also feeling more premium overall.
Sure, the A5 Sportback is more expensive than the VW Arteon but it’s worth it, according to Carwow.