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Audi A5 S Line

"The A5 S Line is proof that Audi's sporting pedigree can trickle down the model line-up."

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The Audi A5 in S Line trim is the mid-range model, providing you with plenty of standard equipment – so much so that very few features on the options list remain unticked. Brand image also remains on point with the S Line model, as it shows that the sporting pedigree from Audi's S and RS models has can trickle down the model line-up with ease.

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You can tell the difference between the S Line trim and other models in the range thanks to a subtle bodykit and distinct alloy wheel designs. The lowered ride height only helps to separate the sporty trim from the rest of the range, too.

Given the S Line's sporting intentions, its suspension set-up may not appeal to everyone. Designed to ensure top-notch handling, these firmer springs keep the A5 from leaning too much in corners. It'll surely entertain on a country road, but may annoy drivers who simply want to make progress in comfort and with little fuss.

The S Line is available as either a two-door coupe or five-door Sportback model, with a wide range of engine choices from a 1.8-litre TFSI petrol to a 3.0-litre TDI diesel. However, the lack of a super-efficient Ultra model in this trim may be a little off-putting if you're looking for a company car.

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Good points

Engine choice is vast, and the option of either coupe or a five-door Sportback models, plus Audi's quattro four-wheel-drive system means you should easily be able the find the perfect A5 for you.In S Line trim, the A5 is a very attractive car. The addition of that restrained bodykit adds a dab of extra style, and the huge number of S Line badges dotted inside and out will be a constant reminder that you're driving an upmarket Audi.

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Bad points

The S Line's standard sports suspension can become irritating on long drives – it helps the A5 to perform better on a quick country-road blast, but on a motorway or in town, it makes small potholes feel like craters.Particularly in the coupe, rear-seat passengers will feel quite cramped. Granted, the low roofline makes it fairly obvious that this will be the case, but there really is only room back there for a couple of children. Adults, particularly tall ones, won't have nearly enough space to be comfortable.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Electric folding wing mirrors
  • Alarm
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Auto climate control
  • Full leather seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Single CD player
  • AUX stereo input
  • DAB Radio
  • Cruise control
  • Sat nav
  • Stop/Start
  • Automatic wipers
  • Sports suspension
  • Sports seats
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Convenience Package

Our choice

The 2.0-litre TDI diesel is the best engine option with the S Line trim. The 174bhp on tap is enough to propel the car from 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds, while the 61mpg fuel economy figure and CO2 emissions of 120g/km mean it has the best overall running costs in the range.

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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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