Review

Audi A5 Sportback hatchback

£30,035 - £44,065

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.