4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Stylish, comfortable, practical – a great premium hatchback

Audi A5 Sportback (17 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £39,015 - £89,320
Lease from new From £500 p/m View lease deals
Used price £14,650 - £75,680
Fuel Economy 28.5 - 57.6 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £490
Insurance group 24 - 48 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Comfortable, high quality interior
  • Practical boot and large hatchback
  • Super-slick S Tronic automatics
  • Strong petrol and diesel motors

CONS

  • More costly than similar A4
  • Only a four-seater realistically
  • Standard kit a little lacking
  • S5 a little disappointing

Audi A5 Sportback rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

Is the Audi A5 any good?

The Audi A5 Sportback is a clever car. Attempting to merge the sleek silhouette of a coupe, with the interior space of a saloon and the practicality of a hatchback, it slots above Audi’s A4 – offering more showroom appeal than a traditional-looking saloon, and more practicality.

This second-generation A5 Sportback was launched in 2017 tweaked in 2020, and shares engines, interior and kit with the A4. But it aims for a more upmarket feel, with its high quality interior, comfortable but sharp drive and steep pricing. .

With its genre-busting large luxury hatchback format, the Sportback has few rivals, though the brand-new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe targets exactly the same buyers. Aside from that, similarly priced upmarket alternatives include the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Jaguar XF. There's a price gulf between the five-door hatchback and the four-door saloon that spawned it – but we think it's worth it.

What's it like inside?

The A5 Sportback is attempting to be all things to all people, with the promise of coupe style, hatchback practicality and impressive roadholding – plus the option of all-wheel drive across the range. Its BMW alternative, meanwhile, focuses on providing a sharper drive though it exactly matches the Audi for boot space.

The Audi also boasts a slicker interior than its rival, with plush materials and a slick media system that is navigated using a rotary controller mounted behind the gearstick, rather than a more distracting touchscreen interface. Comfort levels are high, too, as is refinement, making the A5 a great long-distance cruiser.

What engines are available?

Power for the A5 Sportback comes from a handful of 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre petrol and diesel motors. The petrol motors start with the 35 TFSI (150hp), and rise through the 40 TFSI (204hp), and the 45 TFSI (265hp). Diesels drivers are also catered for in a pair of versions – from the 35 TDI (163hp) to the 40 TDI (204hp).

For those who crave more performance, you can move on to the more sporting S5 and RS 5 Quattro. The former boasts 341hp and has a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds, while the altogether more special RS 5 has 450hp and a 0-62mph time of  3.9 seconds.

What models and trims are available?

Three trim levels are available – alongside the S5 and RS 5 – Sport, S Line, Black Edition and Vorsprung. Standard equipment includes niceties such as heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors, though sat-nav is notable by its absence. Thankfully Sport includes this, though if you want sporty styling, firmer suspension and grippy sports seats you’ll need to pay more for S Line.

With decent refinement, impressive muscle and the prospect of 60mpg+ economy, it’s the front-wheel drive 2.0-litre diesel models that make the most sense.

Audi A5 Sportback rivals

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