Audi’s New 2017 A5 & S5 Sportback Family Revealed Before Paris Debut

The veils has been lifted off the brand new 2017 Audi A5 Sportback and S5 Sportback ahead of the model’s launch at the Paris Auto Show next month.

The styling of the new A5 Sportback range closely mimics that of the Coupe, updated and revealed just a few months ago. As such, the front end of the car is dominated by the German marque’s trademark hexagonal grille and complemented with a redesigned bumper incorporating a different lower lip and fog light clusters.

Compared to the outgoing model, the headlights have also been thoroughly revised and now incorporate a slight curve on the upper edge. Other styling changes over the current model include a reshaped hood with prominent creases, tweaked styling down the vehicle’s sides as well as a refreshed rear end with different taillights.

Underpinning the new A5 Sportback range is the same MLB platform as the Coupe. However, the wheelbase has been lengthened from 2,764 mm to 2,824 mm, increasing legroom at the back.

In terms of powertrains, the 2017 A5 Sportback family is available with the same array of engines as the coupe. The entry-level model, dubbed the g-tron, is therefore powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine delivering 167 hp and 270 Nm of torque. It is then joined by two additional variants with the same engine, with 187 hp/320 Nm and 248 hp/370 Nm of torque respectively. The final petrol-powered model comes in the form of the 2017 S5 Sportback. Its 3.0-liter TFSI engine pumps out 348 hp and 500 Nm of torque.

As for the diesels, there are four models on offer. Both the 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI ultra have 187 hp and 400 Nm of torque on tap while the base 3.0-liter TDI is driven by 214hp and 400 Nm. Finally is a more powerful 3.0-liter TDI with 281 hp and a monstrous 620 Nm of torque.

Front and all-wheel drive models are available, depending on the selected engine, and can be mated to either a six-speed manual, seven-speed dual clutch or an eight-speed auto.

Inside, the same array of features welcomed by the new A5 Coupe range are found within the Sportback. That means entry-level models have a 7.0-inch infotainment system while high-end models utilize an 8.3-inch screen and the company’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display. A 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround sound system is available as an option.

All up, the interior of the new model has grown by 17 mm in length while shoulder room is up by 11 mm and there is now 24 mm of additional leg room at the rear. Additionally, luggage capacity sits at 480 liters which Audi claims is the best in its class.

One particularly interesting addition to the new A5 Sportback is an advanced Stop&Go adaptive cruise control system. In slow-moving traffic at up to 65 km/h (40 mph), the car can brake and accelerate by itself and on good roads, even take control of the steering.

German pricing for the new A5 Sportback starts at 37,800 euros ($42,500) and 62,500 euros ($70,285).

2017 Audi A5 Sportback

2017 Audi S5 Sportback

  • matrem

    How…meh.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I dunno…it’s more attractive than the BMW 4 GC I think…more substance, more presence. Perhaps the most attractive in the segment. There is no competition really.

      • mas921

        Ditto!

  • ErnieB

    Holy cow that looks like a Ford Fusion.. But nicer! I actually like it😂

  • Six Thousand Times

    What’s up with ze Germans and the white leather? I like my Audi interiors black as the other side of the moon. Decent enough car, I’d go for a diesel – problems and all.

    • rodriguez256

      I’m sure you can get a black interior.

    • BGM

      The sandstone leather though is very pretty. I’ve always wanted a car with that color seat.

  • klowik

    the best looking liftback ever since the first gen Mazda 6.

  • MarkoS

    Wow! Your kidding me right? How disappointing! Audi’s design dominance days are over. BMW’s Gran Coupe is much more appealing and we have cars like the Jaguar XE and the Alpha Romeo Giulia s as well. Audi can’t afford flops like this.

    • Matt

      This won’t be a flop. VAG doesn’t make cars that don’t sell.

      • MarkoS

        We will see.

  • Matthijs

    It looks a bit overweight. And I really really hate the nose of the A5 family, mostly cause of the headlights and the curved hoog. The interior is still great though

  • Kash

    I like it, but I can’t help but see the Impala in the rear part of the shoulder crease, and A3 from the rear 3/4, but it’ll definitely give the 4-Series Gran Coupe some competition especially here in the states and especially since you can tell the difference between this and the A4.

  • Ary Wisesa

    I like it, especially with its hatchback rear. I wish they could reduce the lines on the bonnet a little bit, because it looks a little crowded. But overall, it’s a good looking car. Good job Audi! 🙂

    • BGM

      Speaking of the rear: can we FOR THE LOVE OF PETE get the EU rear light cluster with the yellow turn signals instead of the US crapfest of brake and turn signal all in one?

  • TheHake

    MUCH better than the A4!

  • roy

    now thats a clean and beautiful if not exciting design

  • Meethinks

    Look okay – like a Mondeo / Fusion… but does this A5 handle any better…?? meethinks not!

  • Vassilis

    Hm, I don’t like those wheel arch humps. Must say I prefer the previous model.

  • funfun

    Love it, much better than Coupé

  • Oumar DiAllO

    I think they should’ve sculpted the car better rather than add character lines. The lines don’t really add to the design, they make it look worse.

  • Enter Ranting

    I hate the huge, crooked character line they gouged down the side. It looks like it was keyed with a pickaxe. Audi design has really taken a dump. Their cars look like bigger Volkswagens, and that’s not a compliment.

  • Winning! Im diggin’ this car, they did a good job I say.

  • Love it. I know it’s just evolutionary, but I always liked the original A5 Sportback… it was a shame Audi did not sell it in the States; I’ve had the chance to check them out in Germany and Mexico (yes, Audi sell it just across the border). Lovely car to see and drive.

  • TheBelltower

    I guess it slots somewhere in the lineup, somewhere in the world. The differences between the A4/A5hatch/A6/A7 are way too nuanced for anyone but the most hardcore audi enthusiast to notice or care. I mean, I’m a huge Audi fan and I get the difference. But I still don’t see the point of this.

    Oh, and Audi really needs to stop it with that plastichrome “vent” on the front panel. My Mexican landscaper buys these thirty cent pieces of crap at AutoZone and tacks them on his vehicles. It’s not as fancy as Audi thinks it is.

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