Order books open for new Audi A5 Sportback
The Audi A5 Sportback has long had a reputation for bringing elements of elegance, functionality and comfort to roads.
Seven years after the first model was unveiled, Audi has premiered the all new Sportback at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, bringing with it a completely new platform as well as the very latest engines, transmissions and Quattro all-wheel-drive developments we’ve come to expect.
While the second-generation Sportback will retain the original’s good looks, the five-door coupe design is something that is familiar yet contemporary.
The A5 Sportback’s elegant stance is apparent from the pictures, and the wave-pattern is even more strongly accentuated than on the previous models. The pronounced bulges over the wheel arches underscore the Quattro DNA and the rear-end gets the same, ultra-precise styling details, too.
Customers will be able to choose between two TFSI and three TDI engine versions for the Sportback. These produce between 187bhp and 284bhp, and Audi has reduced their fuel consumption by as much as 22% while increasing power output by up to 17%.
Taking the 2.0-litre TFSI as an example, it can sprint from 0 to 62mph in six seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Up to 47.8mpg combined is achievable, which corresponds to 136 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
The four-cylinder TDI in the new Audi A5 Sportback develops 187bhp, and with Quattro all-wheel drive and the seven-speed S tronic, 0-62mph is dispatched in 7.4 seconds.. In combination with the seven-speed S tronic and front-wheel drive, the 2.0 TDI returns 67.3mpg, while a lowly 109 grams of Co2/km is emitted from the exhaust.
Whichever engine you choose, there’s a six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission or eight-speed tiptronic option, ensuring a tailor-made drivetrain technology is available for every engine version. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Quattro all-wheel-drive available as an option on two versions. However, it’s standard fitment for the range-topping V6 TDI diesel.
Inside, the second-generation A5 Sportback has grown significantly, with the interior length coming in 17mm longer, shoulder room growing by 11mm and rear passenger leg room growing by 24mm. On top of this, there will be 480 litres of luggage space, meaning it offers one of the best in its class.
The cockpit brings with it various options including free-text search, instrument dials and convenience, all displayed on a high-res 12.3in monitor. On top of this, there will be an optional display which projects relevant information onto the windscreen as easily comprehensible symbols and digits, ensuring the driver keeps their eyes on the road.
The driver assistance systems cover a wide range of functions in the new Audi A5 Sportback and this enhances safety, comfort and efficiency. Playing a central role is the adaptive cruise control (ACC) Stop&Go system which relieves drivers in slow-moving traffic up to a driving speed of 40mph by assuming the tasks of braking and accelerating the car. It also temporarily takes charge of steering it on better roads.
Collision avoidance assist intervenes if the car needs to drive around an obstacle to avoid an accident. Based on data from the front camera, ACC and radar sensors, it computes a recommended driving line within a fraction of a second.
The line-up is rounded out by other assistance systems such as turn assist, park assist, cross traffic assist rear, exit warning, camera-based traffic sign recognition, Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist.
Order books are now open for the Sportback, but deliveries will not commence until February 2017. List prices begin at £39,575 and work their way up to £47,000 if you want a fire-breathing S5 variant.
We’ll have to wait and see how lease prices reflect this, but traditionally executive models like the A5 Sportback are attractively priced. If you don’t want to wait until next year, here’s the best online personal lease deals for its sibling – the A5 Coupe.