Audi A5 Sportback hatchback

Price  £30,035 - £44,065

Audi A5 Sportback hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Stylish looks
  • Great engine range
  • High-quality interior
  • Firm ride
  • Expensive options
  • BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is better to drive

At a glance

The greenest
SE 2.0 ultra 136PS 5dr £30,435
The cheapest
SE Technik 1.8 TFSI 177PS 5dr £30,035
The fastest
3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 5dr £42,990
Top of the range
Black Edition 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 5dr £44,065

"The Audi A5 Sportback combines the appeal of a practical saloon with the desirability of a coupe, but it’s starting to show its age."

The Audi A5 Sportback is a car that balances executive-saloon luxury with large hatchback practicality. With four doors and a huge boot, it competes directly with the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes CLA-Class in the niche 'executive sportback' class.

Compared to these worthy competitors, the A5 Sportback looks good. It's arguably the most attractive-looking of the three, with familiar Audi lines arranged in an aerodynamic shape. The interior is just as good – conventional, yes, but with all the trappings of luxury you'd expect from an upmarket Audi.

Downsides to the model include the ride, which is firm as standard and firmer still with the addition of S line suspension and large alloy wheels. And if you think that means amazing handling, think again – both the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the regular Audi A5 Coupe are more fun to drive than the Sportback.

The A5 Sportback comes in SE, SE Technik, S line and top-of-the-range Black Edition Plus trims. There's also the Audi S5 Sportback, which is an extremely fast – and much more expensive – version of the car that puts the emphasis firmly on performance and will attract driving enthusiasts.

The A5 Sportback is beginning to feel a bit long in the tooth. Having been in a class of its own for so long, it's now up against the newer BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes CLA-Class – although we think the A5 still looks better than its younger competition.

There are plenty of engines to choose from, ranging from a 1.8-litre petrol (which will return a claimed 48.7mpg and has a 0-62mph time of under eight seconds) to a 3.0-litre diesel that'll do 46.3mpg and has a rapid 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds.

But our favourite version of the Audi A5 Sportback is the 175bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which is enthusiastic enough for everyday driving while being quite economical (a claimed 61.4mpg). The SE trim should be enough for most buyers – it's good value and relatively well equipped, so you shouldn't have to dip in to Audi's notoriously expensive add-on list.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

Diesel engines in the Audi A5 Sportback have impressive fuel economy

Engines, drive & performance

3.7 / 5

Almost all Audi A5 Sportback models are quick

Interior & comfort

3.7 / 5

The Audi A5 Sportback interior is high quality, but the design is starting to look dated

Practicality & boot space

3.8 / 5

The Audi A5 Sportback comes with plenty of storage and a very useful boot

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

The Audi A5 Sportback is very well built

What the others say

3.9 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
"It's neither sporty enough to be exciting to drive nor sufficiently comfortable to be truly relaxing. You won't like the offset pedals."
4 / 5
"Take a look at the Audi and it's easy to see why the car is in such hot demand. The stylish exterior hides a spacious, well equipped cabin, a huge load area and a fuel-efficient diesel engine."  
4.5 / 5
"It may have four doors and look similar to the A4 saloon, but the A5 Sportback is designed to be quite different. For starters it's actually a hatchback – giving it extra practicality."
3 / 5
"You get a finely detailed, driver-focused cockpit, and as long as you’re prepared to sacrifice a little headroom, the legroom in the back is the equal of an A4."
What owners say 
4.1 /5 based on 29 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
28 Sep 2015
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