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Audi A5 Sportback

Overall verdict


The Sportback definitely says something about you... we’re just not quite sure what.


Firm ride on S-Line models, not the most exciting car to drive, not long for this world
Beautifully built and beautiful to look at. But we have a question for Audi. What's the point of the A5 Sportback?

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3.0 TDI 245 Quattro SE 5dr S Tronic


What we say: 

Good to look at and beautifully built, but let down by a dull drive and soon to be replaced

What is it?

It’s the five-door hatch alternative to the A5 Coupe, and is a fine example of Audi’s model proliferation strategy hitting the spot. But Audi is about to release the new A5, which means there’ll be a new one of these Sportbacks along soon, too…


Somehow in the transition from A4 saloon to A5 Sportback, things have gone a bit soft. There’s more body roll than in the A4/A5 and a floaty feeling on motorways, which on our test route, were as smooth as boiled sweets. Audi reckons the spring and damper rates are identical to the coupe, but it doesn’t feel like it.

Four engines are available: three petrols (1.8, 2.0 and 3.0 TFSIs) and two diesels (2.0 and 3.0 V6). None of them throw up any surprises. The two-litre TDI is as strong and refined as ever, however the two-litre petrol is so much smoother and quieter it’s enough to put you off diesel for life, especially if you don’t notch up too many fuel-consuming motorway miles.

On the inside

Swing open a rear door and all seems pretty normal. Legroom is the same as the old A4 saloon and headroom is down by just 5mm, which isn’t a bad payoff for that sloping roofline. But look closer and you’ll notice the lack of a middle seatbelt. Audi is selling this thing as a four-seater, which would be fine if the rear seats were artistically sculpted to cuddle your torso. But they’re not. It’s just a regular bench with a raised cushion where the middle seat would usually be. Despite the new arty silhouette the boot has a wide and unobstructed aperture through which to load your stuff. At 480 litres, luggage space is exactly the same as the old A4 saloon, only more accessible as the hatch opens its big, yawning mouth.


The 2.0TFSI and TDI models are reasonably cost effective to run. Expect 42.8mpg from the petrol and 55.4mpg from the diesel. However, if you’re after more power, go for the 3.0-litre TDI or even the sprightly S5.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
S5 Quattro 5dr Tiptronic
4.7s 170g/km 37.7 354 £46,645
The cheapest
1.8T FSI 177 SE Technik 5dr [5 Seat]
8.2s 141g/km 46.3 177 £29,835
The greenest
2.0 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
7.9s 109g/km 67.3 190 £36,425


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BMW 2 Series

Who cares about the kids? If you want a coupe, go right ahead and get one. How about a 2 Series?