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Looks familiar, this… Quite. You’ll recognise the Audi S5 Sportback from our regular Audi A5 review and Audi S5 Coupe review, the S4 Avant not long before that and indeed the old A5 and S5 Sportback. Audi surprised precisely nobody when it revealed this thing at the Paris Motor Show because it looks more or less identical to the Coupe on which it’s based (and the car it replaces), save for the extra pair of doors that signal a larger, more practical cabin. Conservative evolution is, of course, the German way. And we’ve no problem with that whatsoever because done correctly, it produces rather good-looking cars. And you can hardly blame Audi for broadly sticking with a design it knows that A) works, and B) sells cars. It’s just good business. So this is purely a four-door version of the S5 Coupe? Correct – the four-door version of a two-door version of a four-door car. A more practical S5/A5 Coupe, or much less practical A4 Saloon. It’s longer, narrower and lower than the car it replaces, but somehow more spacious. Audi claims there’s an extra inch or so of knee-room in the back, and a bit more shoulder room too. The A5 Coupe isn’t as spacious as a BMW 4 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe - a six-footer would struggle to sit behind another for long periods of time – but you’ve no such issues with the Sportback, which is 100mm longer and 15mm taller than the two-door. Leg room is ample – even behind the S5’s sports seats (which are set a smidge too high) – but the especially tall will suffer a lack of headroom. Dashboard looks nice.