2018 Audi A5 Sportback Review

A5 Sportback

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2018 Audi A5 Sportback Overview

The all-new 2018 Audi A5 Sportback finally brings a 5-door 5-passenger hatchback to Audi's A5 family. It benefits from the same styling, technology, and safety redesign as its A5 and S5 siblings, and it’s also available in a sportier S5 Sportback variant if you want more power.

Mimicking the distinctive design of the A7 Sportback, the A5 Sportback showcases its sleek appearance and low, wide stance with low hood lines, pronounced “wave-design” shoulder lines, and big wheel arches. Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights offset the flat, elongated Singleframe grille at the front, and the rear reveals slender LED taillights with dynamic turn signals.

The interior of the A5 Sportback has seating for 5 passengers and a generous cargo capacity of 35 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Its futuristic dashboard layout with integrated controls is intuitive and easily accessible, and the numerous included and available features ensure that the A5 Sportback lives up to its luxury-car standards. The cabin comes equipped with a multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, 3-zone automatic climate control, 12-way power front seats with 4-way power lumbar adjustment for the driver, a panoramic sunroof, and ambient LED lighting.

Under the hood of the A5 Sportback is a 2.0-liter TFSI 4-cylinder engine good for 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and boasts a 0-to-60 time of 5.7 seconds. Quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) comes standard, with a self-locking center differential and wheel-selective torque control for optimum handling no matter the road conditions. The redesigned multi-link suspension is designed to provide better steering and handling without sacrificing passenger comfort, and an adaptive damping suspension is also available.

The 2018 A5 Sportback delivers the latest in infotainment technology, like the available Audi virtual cockpit with its 12.3-inch color display screen and Google Earth navigation. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, and options include a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system and MMI touch, which adds handwriting recognition and a unique function-key layout with 2 touch-keys to the standard MMI infotainment system. The latest in connectivity is provided through the Audi connect subscription service, which includes online traffic information, weather updates, fuel prices, read-aloud headlines, Twitter alerts, and safety features like automatic crash notification, manual emergency call, stolen-vehicle locator, online roadside assistance, and service notifications.

A full set of advanced driver-assistance technologies are available for the A5 Sportback—Audi “pre sense basic,” for example, comes standard, and in the event of an imminent collision, it will close the side windows and sunroof and pretension the safety belts. Also standard is Audi “pre sense city,” which operates at speeds up to 52 mph, detects pedestrians and other vehicles, and will initiate full braking if it anticipates a collision. Available safety features include rear cross-traffic assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and traffic-jam assist, traffic-sign recognition, and active lane assist.

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Nicole Wakelin's passion for cars started on the day she went for a ride in a bright red Ferrari as a teenager. She writes reviews and covers everything cars for CarGurus, The Boston Globe, BestRide, and Be Car Chic and blogs all things geek over at TotalFanGirl.

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