Review

Audi A5 Sportback hatchback

Price  £30,035 - £44,065

Audi A5 Sportback hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Stylish looks
  • Great engine range
  • High-quality interior
Cons
  • 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 represents a successful attempt by Audi designers to blend the practicality of a large hatchback with the luxury of an executive saloon. The four-door A5 counts the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes CLA-Class as its main rivals, in what is a relatively small sector of the market.

We think the A5 Sportback is the best-looking of the three, combining trademark Audi styling cues with a sleek aerodynamic shape. The interior is what we’ve come to expect from Audi, so the inside of the A5 is smart and luxurious.

Though the car is aesthetically pleasing inside and out, it does have some downsides. The ride is firm and only gets firmer with the sporty S line suspension and bigger alloy wheels. Sadly this doesn’t result in outstanding handling either, as both the standard Audi A5 coupe and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe are actually more fun and rewarding on an open road.

The A5 Sportback comes in four trim levels; SE, SE Technik, S line and range-topping Black Edition Plus. A standalone version of the car called the Audi S5 is also available and it's significantly more powerful than the standard A5 models in order to attract driving enthusiasts. It's significantly more expensive than the rest of the range too.

The A5 is scheduled to be replaced soon, and it's a timely update since both the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes CLA are now significantly newer. The A5 has aged well generally but an update will give it a fresher and more up to date look next to the rest of the Audi range.

The range of engines to choose from when buying an A5 is pretty varied. The entry-level engine is a 1.8-litre petrol, which claims 48.7mpg in economy and a 0-62mph time of just under eight seconds. The engine range tops out with a powerful 3.0-litre diesel engine that's capable of 46.3mpg and a quick 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds.

If you’re considering buying an Audi A5 Sportback, our pick would be the 175bhp 2.0-litre diese, which packs plenty of punch for everday driving but also manages very reasonable economy of 61.4mpg. Standard equipment across the A5 range is good, so entry-level SE should suit most buyers – it's good value and comes with virtually all the most essential kit for a car of the A5's price.

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 
4.13
4.1 /5 based on 30 reviews
67%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
1 Dec 2015
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