2017 Audi A5 Sportback Review Brings A Not-So Surprising Verdict

Unveiled at last year’s Paris Auto Show, the new generation Audi A5 Sportback is a more practical take on the A5 Coupe, but is it worth over the A4 sedan?

With this question in mind, CarWow’s Mat Watson set out to test drive the sleek looking liftback, and immediately came to appreciate its longer body that translates into better rear legroom than in the two-door model, and the useful tailgate, which allows loading larger cargo.

Depending on the version selected, the Germans can throw in some useful features, including the Audi Connect Services, which allows users to monitor their fuel consumption and find out where they parked their car. All grades come with standard sports seats and a 7-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, but the larger 8-inch system is recommended for its more generous size and faster processor.

Audi offers a selection of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, with the model tested featuring a 190 horsepower 2.0-liter diesel, which returns in the high 40s and low 50s mpg UK (33.3-41.6 mpg US 7.1-5.6 / l/100 km), in real world driving, slightly off the official number of 68 mpg UK (56.6 mpg US / 4.2 l/100 km).

The new Audi A5 Sportback is not only good to look at, but also a pleasure to drive, despite having a stiffer suspension than the new A4. However, the automaker’s list of offerings is wide enough to allow the purchase of optional adaptive dampers, for a £900 ($1,113) premium in the UK, which come with a Comfort mode. The steering is said to be precise, but not as sporty as a BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe, while the car has some flaws, such as the 40-liter fuel tank offered for the 2-liter diesel, which can be overcome by switching to a 2-liter petrol, and its 58-liter tank.

But should one consider spending at least £30,000 ($37,115) for the A5 Sportback? Well, according to this review, the answer might surprise you.

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  • Mark S

    I am so disappointed in the styling of this car.

    • SteersUright

      Agreed. This and the A5/S5 took a serious turn for the worse. A4 looks sharper, though already a bit dated due to utter lack of really updating the design in any meaningful way. Audi’s lineup is getting quite boring to look at without a single gorgeous vehicle arguably outside of the R8.

      • MultiKdizzle

        Even the R8 sort of blends in.

        • SteersUright

          The R8’s low & wide proportions always impress me when I see one and I think it will age well. But you’re totally right. At this point its not a new and refreshing design by any means and just another pretty nice design. Well, Japanese cars are bought for reliability and German cars because of design and prestige. Audi will soon realize their customers are people of means (not Corolla buyers) and will defect to the best offering for their money.

    • U8INIT

      Yes me too. Looks wise it went downmarket to me.

    • dzankizakon

      Those headlights are horrible. Last year I was planning on buying the new A5, but it’s definitely not happening.

  • dtd

    Will Audi bring it to the U.S ?

    • Skip

      yes, which is nice.. too bad its not a bit more special… give me the S5 version with a manual and I’m in.

  • Skip

    s5 is single turbo, not twin right? I so want to like it, but its just too blah. Love the S7, but not getting a slush box auto in the S5 regardless.

    • trentbg

      Its a charger actually.

      • Spinnetti

        No. Old s5 was supercharged, new one is single turbo

        • trentbg

          Oh snap, not the greatest decision I guess.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    Zzzzzzzzz

  • chippers

    I guess each to his own – I love it.

  • TheBelltower

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but it looks very Hyundai-ish. The jowls on the lower sides of the front, the headlights, the color and the wheels… very low rent. Audi is not a leader anymore. They are resting on their laurels lately.

  • Karl

    Nice Fusion/Mondeo you got there Audi… Only a few years ago Audi was cutting edge but now they are just cutting corners. You guys need new designers and a new design language.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    This just gave Blah a whole new meaning…what a waste of R&D.

    • donald seymour

      You stole my words. Your simple statement sums up this car completely.

  • BlackPegasus

    Rearview camera isn’t standard on all models? Rear cameras are standard on Toyota Corollas and Nissan Altimas at Enterprise Rental Car 😆.

  • D.

    I’m really disappointed in the 40-liter fuel tank offered for the 2 liter diesel. Is there a hope that Audi is going to develop the same model with a bigger fuel tank? The old model has got 25 litres more =(

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