For the uninitiated, the redesign 2018 Audi A5 Sportback based on the A4 sedan. And it’s sold as a coupe as a convertible and as this new variant which called the sport better. The A5 isn’t the same as the A4, but it is quite similar. The Audi A5 costs more to the tune of about $1,900 of the three available body styles. The Audi A5 Sportback is the most affordable version of the A5 a five-door hatchback offering greater cargo space and utility. If you’ve seen my review of the redesigned 2017 Audi A4 on bestcar2018.com, you know that I love just about everything about it, and that adoration also applies to the new Audi A5 Sportback, it looks unique. And when you get inside of it you feel special like somebody thoughtful has anticipated your every need.
I’m not even reviewing the top-of-the-line Prestige trim level. This is the mid grade premium plus equipped with metallic paint wood trim 19-inch wheels, navigation package and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. But even with all that stuff the price tag only comes to $52,100. And all it lacks to achieve perfection is the warm weather package, which would install a set of ventilated sport bolstered front seats. And that would add about 1,300 bucks to the price tag. Standard seats are comfortable, and the standard driver seat did not do an excellent job of holding me in place but when you’re not exploring the 2018 Audi A5 Sportback limits of adhesion the seats quite comfortable the steering wheels pleasing to hold. And the adjustable center armrest helps to perfect your driving position.
You face a gorgeously rendered dashboard that exudes attention to detail. The latest version of Audi’s Multimedia Interface infotainment system is easier than ever to use, and the available outside virtual cockpit instrumentation is sensational. There are a few quirks to the controls the shifter takes getting used to an observation I noted about last year’s A4 sedan. Also, it takes some memorization before you can operate the center console controls purely by touch. Otherwise, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to figure out how to use the Audi A5 instruments.
Rear seat room is feeling more confining than the A4 sedan, once you’re inside the car which sits quite low to the ground. You’re happy enough especially because there’s a triple zone climate control system as standard equipment. But getting in and getting out is not easy. Of course, the 2018 Audi A5 Sportback sleek appearance is just one benefit of this design. Approach the other is extra cargo space and utility.
At first, the cargo space doesn’t look all that large. But it’s useful shape helps you to maximize its potential. Audi says it holds 21.8 cubic feet of cargo, and with the rear seat folded down, it provides a maximum of 35 cubic feet of space.
There are two versions of the 2018 Audi A5 Sportback from which you can choose this one the A5 has a turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder engine. The other one which is called the S5 has a turbocharged 3-liter V6 engine. If maximum acceleration and handling are important to you, then you should get the S5. But that’s not to say that the A5 won’t throw you.
I was driving the Audi A4 about this time last year. The turbocharged 2-litre generates 252 horsepower between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm, and it will sub 273 pound-feet of torque between 1600 and 4500 rpm. Now what that means is that basically across nearly the entire rev range the engines either making maximum torque or maximum horsepower.
And the result of that is speed Audi claims that 60 miles an hour will arrive in 5.7 seconds the same as the A4 sedan. Despite the fact that the Sportback extra 122 pounds of weight Audi 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission distribute the power.
And every A5 is equipped with standard Quattro all-wheel drive. Paddle shifters come in handy when you’re hustling the car which is likely going to be most of the time.
My test vehicle also has an optional set of 19-inch wheels that includes 250 535 r19 summer performance tires and a sport-tuned suspension.
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