Following the launch of the Coupe version a couple of months ago, Audi now complements the A5/S5 range with the introduction of a new five-door Sportback variant at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The last Audi A5 and S5 Sportback came out seven years ago and in that period it sold more than 340,000 units.
Design-wise, the 2017 Audi A5 and S5 Sportback are stretched versions of their coupe counterparts and boast a nice five-door coupe silhouette which is the meat of the whole Sportback concept. But that means these cars have the slightly peculiar face of the new A5/S5 including the headlights, so we don’t know if this model is going to age as well as the previous one. Things are better with the S5 since it comes with the S-specific black honeycomb grille, aluminium diffuser trim and the signature four tailpipes as well as aluminum look details.
The main reason for having the Audi A5 and S5 Sportback instead of the coupe model is the unique body style, but the increased interior space is a nice bonus. The cars offer plenty more space for the rear passengers and boast 480 litres of luggage capacity. The legendary Audi quality and high-end materials are all present and correct, but as always most of the good things, such as free-text search, large display, MMi Plus and head-up display, are all optional extras.
As for the powertrains, or the A5 you can choose between two TFSI and three TDI engine with powers ranging from 190PS to 286PS, and depending on your choice get a six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission or eight-speed tiptronic. The more desirable S5 Sportback comes with 354PS and 500Nm V6 turbo unit with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission which propels the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.