In America, the Audi A5 Sportback is like Bigfoot. You’ve heard about it and seen pictures of it, but have never actually seen one in person. Unless you’ve gone to Europe and seen one. So it’s not like Bigfoot at all. Scratch that last bit. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that the Audi A5 Sportback is a car that was never sold in America, unfortunately. It may be coming here with this generation but that has yet to be confirmed. However, Mat Watson from Carwow has reviewed it in this latest video review so let’s check it out and be jealous of our friends across the pond.
The model tested in the video is a front-wheel drive Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI with 190 hp and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. To be completely honest, this is probably the least enjoyable version of the A5 Sportback you can possibly drive, as it has the slowest diesel engine, paired to an automatic gearbox and is front-wheel drive based. However, despite that, it’s still a very good car.
While the 2.0 liter four-cylinder diesel engine is slow, it is quite economical, though it does lack range thanks to a small fuel tank. The ride is comfortable and smooth and the cabin is quiet. Speaking of cabins, the interior of the Audi A5, both Coupe or Sportback, is simply fantastic. Its design is simple and elegant, its layout is fantastically easy to use and all of the materials are nuclear-grade.
There’s also some great practicality. Unlike the Audi A5 Coupe, the Sportback actually has quite usable back seats for two adults. With significantly more knee and headroom, two average sized adults will have no problem traveling in comfort. Taller adults might struggle for headroom and three adults would be uncomfortable. But the trunk is far larger, thanks to its higher roofline and hatchback body style, with fold down seats for storing larger items.
Overall, Watson gives the Audi A5 Sportback a “Shortlist” grade, meaning keep the car on your shortlist of choices if you’re buying in this price range. However, if it was up to him, he’d save some extra money and buy the Audi A4 sedan.