The A5 Sportback combines the design of a coupe with the functionality of an Avant. The powerfully flowing outline with the characteristic waveform of the shoulder line makes it truly aesthetic. Under the beautiful shell, the five-door model impresses with newly developed chassis, powerful propulsion and innovative infotainment, as well as connectivity solutions.
The result is an A5 that is better than ever. It retains its aura as a style leader both inside and out, but now stands out for improved power and handling, a high-tech digital instrument cluster, and the new, more practical Sportback body style. With those strengths, we rate the A5 a 7.5 on our overall scale.
The A5 shares its running gear with the A4 sedan and Q5 crossover. All A5s come with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, though the coupe has the Quattro Ultra system, which can disconnect the rear axle to save fuel.
Sportier variants called S5 (in all body styles) and RS 5 (offered only as a coupe) are available as well, but we review them separately.
The A5 has one engine. It is a turbocharged 252-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 mated to either a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission or a 6-speed manual (the latter only in coupes). The A5 doesn’t want for power, with a 0-60 mph time in less than six seconds, and it cruises in relaxed comfort. Fuel economy is good, too, at 27 mpg combined.
The engine has moved farther back in the chassis and the car has cut a bit of weight, helping to improve handling. It’s a sportier car this time around, but the S5 and RS 5 are for those who want a true grand tourer (in the case of the S5) or even a track car (the RS 5). Even at the A5 level, though, a Drive Select system lets drivers harden or soften the edges.