Audi has begun taking orders for its new A5 and S5 Sportback, in addition to the most recent two-door coupe. Ranging from £38,005, it goes on sale only a month after its Paris Motor Present debut.
That base worth is a whopping £7,305 greater than the most cost effective A5 Coupe, however that is as a result of pricing for entry stage SE variations of the four-door have but to be introduced. For now, that will get you a 187bhp 2.0 TDI diesel in quattro Sport trim which spec-for-spec is precisely the identical worth because the Coupe.
An additional £1,570 will get you a 248bhp 2.0 TFSI with a seven-speed DSG autobox. Additionally accessible is a 268bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine (although costs have but to be introduced for that), whereas S-Line spec begins from £38,130 with a non-quattro 187bhp 2.0 TDI. The 344bhp S5 Sportback begins from £47,000. Deliveries on the Sportback model will begin in February 2017.
The brand new five-door coupe variations have not modified a lot from the usual A5 coupe, however these new automobiles have a hatchback as a substitute of a saloon-like boot opening. The side-on form is far curvier than the A4 saloon on which it is primarily based, with a swooping profile, rising shoulderline and wider wheelarches.
Frameless doorways additionally set the A5 Sportback aside however look straight-on on the rear finish and also you’d wrestle to inform it aside from the two-door A5. The S5 efficiency model’s extra muscular styling is once more carried over from the 2-door A5. The Sportback additionally retains the hatchback bootlid of the outgoing automotive, giving it a practicality benefit over the coupe and A4 saloon.
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The A5 Sportback physique itself is just fractionally longer and wider than the A4, nevertheless it’s 41mm decrease and has a wider observe. The wheelbase is 2,824mm, round 4mm longer than the A4, so Audi is claiming significantly higher accomodation for entrance and rear seat passengers plus a 480-litre boot. Regardless of that, it weighs as a lot as 85kg much less.
Inside, as anticipated, the entrance cabin is totally similar to that of the A5, with the identical digital cockpit digital devices and central MMI infotainment display screen. It additionally retains the identical stage of driver help gear. Within the again, there’s three seatbelts so the A5 is, in idea not less than, a five-seater. Count on headroom to be lowered by the sloping roofline, nevertheless.
The acquainted vary of 4 and six-cylinder diesel and petrols switch over to the Sportback, with a selection of six-speed guide and 7 or eight-speed auto gearboxes. The vary kicks off with a 188bhp 2.0-litre TFSI petrol, whereas 2.0-litre and three.0-litre diesels are additionally accessible in varied energy outputs from 187bhp to 282bhp. Gasoline financial system figures have but to be introduced, nevertheless.
The S5 makes use of the identical 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol with 349bhp, firing the Sportback from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, which is identical because the coupe. The S5 is quattro-only, whereas the remainder of the Sportback vary is front-wheel drive with quattro four-wheel drive as an choice.
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