Review

Audi A5 Sportback hatchback

Price  £26,780 - £43,940

Audi A5 Sportback hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

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

At a glance

The greenest
S line 2.0 ultra 136PS 5dr £33,305
The cheapest
1.8 TFSI 170PS 5dr £26,780
The fastest
3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 5dr £42,865
Top of the range
Black Edition 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 5dr £43,940

"The Audi A5 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 practical and stylish executive car that's also the most user-friendly model in the A5 range. It joins the A5 coupe and A5 cabriolet editions, but adds the flexible appeal of four doors and a spacious boot, which is accessed through a large hatchback that's easy to load items through.

Audi claims the A5 Sportback has no direct rivals in the executive class, but both the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes C-Class coupe provide healthy competition. Plus, while there's much to recommend about the A5 – not least its beautiful design and roomy interior – you might not like the firm ride (especially in models fitted with larger alloy wheels and S line suspension) and the Sportback is not the most fun version of the car to drive.

The A5 Sportback comes in five main specifications – entry-level, then mid-range SE and SE Technik, higher-spec S line and top-of-the-range Black Edition Plus. Buyers looking for an extremely quick version of the Sportback are catered for by the standalone S5 model.

As with the two-door A5 coupe, there's a wide range of diesel and petrol engines on offer, while most models are available with Audi's quattro four-wheel drive system. The Audi A5 has sat at the top of the executive coupe tree for a long time, but it's beginning to show its age. It's not as good to drive as the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, nor as smart inside, plus it's arguably not as stylish, either.

If you’ve decided the Audi A5 Sportback is the car for you, then we’d recommend the 175bhp 2.0-litre diesel model in SE trim. In this form, the A5 Sportback packs plenty of punch, is still very economical and has almost all the equipment you could want – without it costing a fortune to buy.

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

4 / 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 off-set 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."

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What owners say

4.1
4.1 /5 based on 29 reviews
66%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
22 Jan 2014
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