Audi A5 (2017) overview: Sporty appears to be like, refined drive

(Pocket-lint) – The Audi A5 was launched in 2007 and revised in 2009 to place doorways into the again of the Coupé model for a extra typical five-door association, the Sportback as Audi calls it. So strong was the A5 that the second-generation A5 has solely simply appeared, launching late 2016.

The Audi A5 has at all times been one in every of our favorite Audi fashions. These Coupé appears to be like and that sporty stance stand it apart from lots of the saloons that dominate this automobile section. Flanked by the Audi A4 and the Audi A6, the A5 additionally affords higher appears to be like than the Audi A7 in our opinion (the manager sports activities saloon nearing the highest of Audi’s fashions). 

There’s simply one thing concerning the A5’s proportions that we have at all times appreciated, though we’ve got to confess, the charms of the Coupé appears to be like are outweighed by the traditional practicality of the Sportback. 

Our fast take

The Audi A5 delivers precisely what it guarantees: sporty appears to be like, sporty-ish drive, leaving you with a automobile that is just a little simpler to like than the marginally extra atypical Audi A4. The query is whether or not the Audi has the attract to divert you from one thing just like the BMW 4 Collection Gran Coupé or Mercedes C Class.

However even at its lowest trim, you are getting a very good spec on your cash and a top quality of inside, with plenty of choices so as to add ranges of sophistication to a automobile that is splendidly comfy to drive and, boy, does not it look good?

Audi A5 (2017)

4.5 stars – Pocket-lint beneficial


  • Sporty appears to be like
  • Cabin high quality
  • A lot of know-how out there

  • Value rapidly escalates
  • Fifth seat just a little cramped

Audi A5 Sportback overview: Identical profile design, all new automobile

Quite than being a facelift mannequin, this new model of the Audi A5 Sportback is all new. It is constructed on the identical platform as the brand new Audi A4; it is just a little longer, just a little decrease but in addition just a little narrower than the outgoing A5 mannequin.

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However Audi’s goal was to maintain that particular profile, with the sweeping, dropping roofline. The Sportback loses these lengthy entrance doorways of the Coupé and eats additional into the rear pillars so there’s extra facet window. The rear seats are extra accessible right here, however they’re nonetheless not massively spacious and the centre is slightly small. 

The largest visible change is the rise in creases and folds throughout the physique of the automobile, notably alongside the bonnet. This offers texture to what was beforehand a largely flat hood. The white mannequin we have pictured right here maybe does not present this to finest impact, however a few of the darker colors are extra muscular and menacing because of this added element.

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One other change on this automobile is that it is about 80-85kg lighter than the automobile it replaces (relying on the mannequin you select), concerning the weight of an grownup passenger. That is good for quite a few causes: not solely is the design sharper, however the energy and effectivity improve, too, whereas emissions are decrease.

Audi A5 Sportback overview: Inside know-how and comforts

Slip into the driving force’s seat and you would be forgiven for questioning which automobile you are sat in. With many fashions within the Audi vary and a uniformally top quality of inside spec, there’s a variety of familiarity right here. We’re effective with that because the trim of the S line mannequin – Audi’s greatest vendor – provides you an opulent end, nice consideration to element and loads of toys.

S line comes with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and sports activities suspension, however even should you had been to go for the SE mannequin (the most affordable choice) you get heated entrance seats, automated lights and wipers and Audi Smartphone Interface, which supplies you Android Auto or Apple CarPlay connections.

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Following the pattern of latest Audi upgrades, one of many large choices right here is for the Digital Cockpit. This fully-digital 12-inch driver show provides you customisation so you may change the scale of the dials, swap to expansive mapping, in addition to skipping via issues like your leisure or calling choices. 

Digital Cockpit is not normal within the A5, nonetheless, it is a £250 improve and it is solely out there should you take the Know-how Package deal. That is a reasonably hefty hit of improve price (over £1,000 relying on trim), however you get a bigger central show and all of the controls you want, just like the contact MMI controller, mapping and a 10GB jukebox you may retailer your music on, along with SD card slots.

We predict that is definitely worth the punt should you’re a know-how fan, as the mixture of all these components (not forgetting the USB connections, Bluetooth, DAB radio and CD participant) lifts the Audi to a degree of sophistication that affords you nearly all the pieces you may consider.

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All of Audi’s programs will work in tangent together with your related telephone too, so you probably have your iPhone related, it takes over the central show, but you continue to have entry to varied car-based options too. A better of each worlds, resulting in issues like Google Maps on your show, whereas streaming music from Spotify. 

Audi A5 Sportback overview: On the street

Know-how is not restricted to the inside and there is a full vary of tech to help the driving force too. You get cruise management as normal in addition to pre sense metropolis, the system designed to cease you driving into obstructions that instantly seem, detected by the entrance digicam. Parking sensors are additionally normal, with the choice to improve to full 360 diploma cameras.

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If you wish to go additional, the driving force help pack incorporates an entire vary of security programs that may detect vehicles and junctions, provide you with adaptive cruise management, detect pace limits, establish lanes and assist you keep away from crashes in any respect speeds. This is not autonomous driving, nevertheless it makes use of a variety of the identical applied sciences with the goal of conserving you secure.

Whisked away in consolation, one in every of Audi’s goals within the A5 was to cut back the noise ranges within the cabin. Having pushed the 190bhp diesel, the 252bhp petrol and the 354bhp petrol of the Audi S5 there’s not a variety of engine noise – though that final engine on the S5 has an exhaust word that’ll make you smile while you put your foot down and tear via the upper rev ranges, even when it is a bit of a drone at low rev ranges. 

Within the mannequin that may promote probably the most – the two.0-litre 190bhp TDI – you will not know you are sitting behind a diesel. However the one factor that each one these fashions appear to endure from is a few of the hissing street noise. You in all probability will not discover that while you’ve obtained a automobile full of individuals and the radio on, nevertheless it’s one thing we seen cruising alongside different street surfaces on our Cotswold check route.

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That apart, with comfy seats (numerous varieties of leather-based are normal as you progress via the trim ranges), the Audi affords sports activities suspension as normal that does preserve issues agency, nevertheless it’s not overly harsh. That matches the sporty positioning of this automobile, mixed with Audi’s acquainted drive choose choices that may change the automobile’s setup primarily based on the driving fashion you need.

Choose Dynamic and knock the 7-speed S tronic gearbox into S and you will be revving excessive with weightier steering and a extra responsive throttle for a extra attractive drive. That double clutch gearbox is fast to hop up and down gears with barely a pause for breath and whichever mannequin you select, the A5 is pacey sufficient.

The diesel manages to hit 62mph in 7.9 seconds, the petrol will get there in 6 seconds. The Audi S5 is an entire totally different beast hitting 62mph in 4.7 seconds. There may be additionally a 6-speed guide choice (that we did not check) and there is the choice for Quattro all-wheel-drive as an improve to the front-wheel drive normal, par for the course that Audi made its identify on.

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The lighter steering that it defaults to at decrease speeds in auto mode can really feel just a little disconnected, one thing that is prone to push you towards a customized mode with heavier steering, however that is frequent to many Audi fashions.

To recap

Whereas the Audi S5 delivers extra pleasure, the common A5 feels assured and guaranteed, an awesome place to spend these lengthy motorway hauls or lengthy commutes. However even on the lowest trim, you are getting a very good spec on your cash and a top quality of inside, with plenty of choices so as to add ranges to sophistication to a automobile that is splendidly comfy to drive and boy, does not it look good?

Writing by Chris Corridor.

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