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Audi A5 Sportback hatchback (2009-2016) - Interior & comfort

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

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3.4 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.7 out of 5

Audi has deservedly acquired a reputation for high-quality interiors that are great to look at and simple to use. The A5 Sportback is no exception, with an interior that’s attractive and luxurious in almost all trim levels.

Audi A5 dashboard

This car is now more than five years old and the design of the dashboard is starting to show its age, particularly next to the one in the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Infotainment screens are larger in newer cars and their design is generally more modern-looking. It’s not that Audi doesn’t realise this (the interior of the latest Audi TT is one of the most innovative around), it’s just indicative of the A5’s age.

Good-quality leather seats come with all A5 Sportback models and they’re very comfortable. Audi’s MMI multimedia infotainment system is as easy to use as the BMW iDrive system, too.

Equipment

The A5 Sportback is available in three trim levels, starting with the entry-level SE Technik specification and moving up to S line and Black Edition Plus.

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SE Technik includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone connectivity, stop-start technology, split-folding rear seats, leather seats, sat nav, climate control, cruise control and a power-operated bootlid.

S line cars expand on this with sports suspension, sports seats, a bodykit, bright xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, an S line multifunction steering wheel and higher-grade leather trim.

The Black Edition Plus is the top-of-the-range trim for the A5 Sportback and is essentially the S line specification with a styling pack. It includes 19-inch alloy wheels in a gloss-black finish, tinted windows and many pieces of exterior trim finished in gloss or matte black for a sporty, aggressive look. Also included is a Bang & Olufsen 14-speaker stereo system.

We recommend the SE Technik, as it manages to be well equipped, luxurious and comfortable without breaking the bank.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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