Audi A5 Sportback
The soul of a sports car with the practicality of a hatch. Anthony Caggiano takes a look inside
What we drive is often about practicality, but it is design that differentiates A-to-B cars from pure automotive expression.
With a nod to both the practical and the expressive, Audi is stepping into the mixed-genre market with the release of the A5 Sportback.
Based on the A5 coupe architecture, the car’s extra 81mm length gives more room for rear passengers.
From the back seat, the roof’s taper does not impede on headspace unlike other mixed-genre cars of such ilk. You sit further forward and lower than in the A4 – but as it is a four-seater – and there is plenty of shoulder space and ample legroom.
One can select either aluminium or a selection of timbers from walnut brown or grain ash almond beige to the car’s interior, accenting the black leather and brushed aluminum rings of the instrument cluster and air vent surrounds.
Bang & Olufsen’s association with Audi sees 505w pump through 14 speakers.
Audis have traditionally not been the best on Australian roads, but the Quattro all-wheel-drive, and extra 120-odd kilos over the coupe, means the car’s better balanced than a two-door.
The cars have an extensive standard equipment list including eight airbags, rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps, daytime running lights, iPod connectivity and 3-zone air conditioning.
The petrol is available from $78,400 for the petrol and $89,100 for the diesel.
With the unique configuration of a hatch/coupe, the Sportback’s extra set of doors maximises rear passenger access while remaining true to the A5 line’s driver appeal.