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Audi A5 Sportback interior, tech and comfort

2017 onwards (change model)
Comfort rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

Written by Keith Adams Published: 16 January 2023 Updated: 18 January 2023

  • Virtual Cockpit nice to use and looks great
  • Interior quality is first rate, despite advancing years
  • Infotainment easy to use, slick and responsive

How is the quality and layout?

The A5 is a real masterclass when it comes to interior quality and design. Yes, it’s getting on a bit, but the controls are simple to use, the design looks classy and understated, while all of the controls operate with a precision that cars from other firms can only dream of.

The use of materials, combined with that slick design and a user-friendly media system make the A5 Sportback a superb place to while away seemingly endless motorway trips. All the materials feel tactile and solid and the design – closely related to that of the A4 – seems somehow more upmarket in this low-slung four-door coupe with its sleek roofline.

Infotainment and tech

There’s a choice between large, clear analogue dials and a fully digital ‘virtual cockpit’ in its place – which lets you customise the display, for instance with a large sat-nav map and small speedometer and rev counter. Whether you pay extra for the latter or not, the main instruments are easy to read on the move, with simple steering wheel controls that make it easy to navigate between trip computer, phone, radio and navigation displays among others.

The central media system, is similarly accessible, thanks to a rotary control at the base of the gearlever and logically arranged menus. The row of horizontal switches for the climate control system is a bit trickier to use, however, as it’s hard to get the right button by feel, but this is rarely problematic, and is still infinitely preferrable to stabbing a badly-designed screen-based set-up that’s sadly becoming the norm.

The voice control set-up works very well indeed, as does the wireless integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which work flawlessly unlike some rivals.

Audi A5 Coupe review (2022)


  • Excellent sports seats with lots of adjustment
  • Front of cabin spacious but lacks headroom
  • Rear seats generous but saloon rivals roomier

With welcoming seats, compliant suspension and very little wind, road or engine noise making itself heard inside – in both petrol and diesel form – the A5 Sportback is a very comfortable car indeed. You can read more about the latter in the ‘How does it drive?’ section of the review.

But in terms of static qualities for the driver and passengers, the Audi A5 really does come up trumps. Despite the sleek styling, there’s just enough headroom for anyone under about 6’2″, you won’t be revelling in lounging room. Also, if you choose a dark trim, it can also begin to feel claustrophobic, especially in the rear.

We also found the optional sports seats very comfortable indeed, with good back and side support. They’re firm and will take a little time to get used to but once you do, they’re perfect for ache-free long-distance trips. Throw in the S Tronic automatic gearbox and the A5 is a very relaxing car to drive, capable of absorbing the bumpiest of country road without fuss.