You Can Now Have An Audi A5 Or S5 With Five Doors In America

Audi waited for the second generation of their A5 and S5 Sportback models to introduce them to the US market where they will compete against the BMW 4-Series GC, while also nabbing buyers from the likes of the regular Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and other premium compact sedans.

Like the new A5 Coupe range, the Sportback models made their debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and retain the updated design of the Euro-spec cars. They will arrive in U.S. dealerships in the spring of 2017.

In the States, the new Audi A5 Sportback will be offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine putting out 252 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. When joined with the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, it will accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds, just 0.1 slower than the A5 Coupe.

The more potent S5 Sportback features a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine delivering 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the A5, it has an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission that helps to achieve a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds.

Key mechanical similarities between the duo is quattro all-wheel drive, a self-locking center differential, wheel-selective torque control, redesigned front five-link suspension and an optimized position for the steering-rack.

Just like the variants offered elsewhere around the world, U.S.-bound A5 and S5 Sportback models are offered with the same 7.0-inch or 8.3-inch infotainment systems alongside Audi’s ever-impressive 12.3-inch virtual cockpit.


  • Filip Mertens

    *Writes cheque*

    Approved. 😀

  • ChrisInIL

    I prefer the exterior and interior look of the Audi over the BMW or Merc.

  • Imjus Sayin

    Hmmmm….very Genesis-ish. For some peculiar reason it has that G80 vibe.

  • vantageman1

    It looks alot like a Ford Fusion from the side in the dark colors, especially the cover photo

  • Henry Juliao

    Love it!

  • john1168

    I always loved the A5 sportback. I’m glad they’re finally bringing it to the USA. I wonder what the pricing will be???

    • Submarines

      Too much :

      I love this form factory but like always German luxury always carries a higher premium, it’ll probably cost as much as the bmw 4 series gran coupe though better equipped.

      I’m also interested in the Kia GT/CK/K8 coming out later.

    • Six Thousand Times


  • therealsybarite

    A5 gets a dual clutch transmission but S5 gets old school automatic? that seems backwards. what am i missing?

    Also, one attraction of hatchbacks is supposed increase in practicality. in this case however it seems the sportback has less trunk space then the a4 sedan (480 litres for sportback vs 500 sedan)

    all that to say, audi still does not have a car for me. i’m looking for practicality of a wagon, sports car handling and a manual transmission. i’ll keep my fingers crossed for golf r wagon in canada.

    • Stephen Sutherland

      They gave the reasoning to they wanted the S variants to have a trns with a torque converter or something to that effect. I already have my order in on a 2018 S4.

  • Nicomuna

    People need to realize that Ford, Hyunday, Kia …. are copying Audi’s awesome design and not the opposite !!!

  • Honda NSX-R

    4 door version of the 2 door version of a 4 door sedan

  • eb110americana

    Like the last one, looks sleek. I really like the fastback roofline. I just can’t stand the fascia, and ironically the headlights seem designed to announce the model as a cheap, inoffensive car (despite probably sporting some of the world’s most expensive optics).

  • BlackPegasus

    Looks sporty but it’s sure to be overpriced for what’s being offered. After traveling and having the opportunity to drive many rental cars I’m noticing the features that were once considered premium or luxury are showing up in Toyota Corollas and Nissan Altimas. As a result, I want more for my money when considering a premium or luxury car.

  • AstonMartin

    Very curious now to see the design changes slated for the A7/S7 as the A5/S5 overlaps enough that some prospective buyers for the top tier could choose the A5/S5 instead. Its my understanding that Audi aims to differentiate the A7/S7 model greatly in appearance and an A9/S9 is also in the near future product pipeline as the brand looks to cover every viable niche – including EV variants.

  • BGM

    And some people didn’t want Trump to win!

    • antbee

      Why do you have to ruin a beautiful automobile’s debut, with some bunk about that man? What does one have to do with the other? GTFOOH!!

  • MultiKdizzle

    The old A5 was better-looking, right? Or na?

    • antbee

      There’s a white one that breaks my neck every time I see it!

  • antbee

    What is the purpose of this car? What about the A7/S7, won’t it crib some of its sales?
    “Oh, look dear, there’s a smaller version of this S7, let’s go look at it. Oh, my, it’s 50Eleven dollars/euros/pounds less than the S7, let’s get it instead!”

    • Kash

      It won’t because of the same reasons that the E class doesn’t curb sales of the S or the C of the E, etc. People will still want the S7 because it is bigger and gives them a little more room. This will be for people who like the A5/C-coupe/4 series but realize the extra doors and liftback makes it easier to haul stuff. Like their dog or small child or shopping bags, or the people who just want a more practical A4 but not a full on wagon or SUV yet.

      • antbee

        I guess, I just wish Audi hadn’t watered down the beautiful A5/S5.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’d prefer an inline 5 like in the good old days.

  • Grumpy

    Just too much matte black plastic, and the silver trim looks like trash. Expect a bit more at this range. Exterior looks sharp.

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