Ahead of its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, the 2017 Audi A5 Sportsback has been revealed. The all new four-door model provides more cabin space than the preceding coupe equivalent, while sharing the same line-up of engines.
Due to its elongated rear section, the interior cabin space of the A5 Sportsback is 17mm longer than the coupe’s. The body shape is more practical and offers passengers 11mm additional shoulder space plus 24mm of extra knee room.
Boot space has been increased by 15 litres to 480 litres. When the rear seats are folded, the capacity increases to 1300 litres.
Engines and gearbox
Mirroring the coupe, the Sportsback has 2.0-litre TFSI petrol and 2.0-litre TDI diesel turbocharged four-cylinder units in various states of time and the range is topped by a 282bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder TDI diesel.
The A5 Sportsback is available with the option of a 6-speed manual or 8-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox. A performance-focused S5 model is an option with a 3.0-litre TFSI petrol unit that produces 349bhp. A g-tron model that can be run on natural gas is offered on the European continent, but not in the UK due to a lack of refuelling infrastructure.
The model has four wheel drive as standard, but Quattro four wheel drive is offered as an option and comes as standard on the 282bhp 3.0-litre and S5 variants. Both these models have optional sport differentials to further boost traction.
The entry-level car has 17in wheels, with 18in provided as an option on higher-spec models. Top of the range A5s and the S5 get 19in wheels.
As standard, the A5 Sportsback includes variable suspension utilising continuous damping control technology. The system works in conjunction with the car’s four driving modes: Comfort, Dynamic and Efficiency.
Like the coupe, the A5 Sportsback gives buyers the option of a Virtual Cockpit system, which includes a 12.3 in high-def digital instrument panel. There’s naturally an Infotainment system and optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a wireless Smartphone charging pad and a Bang & Olufson sound system.
Driver assist programmes include collision avoidance, auto braking, adaptive cruise control capable of stopping the car, traffic jam assist, park assist, cross-traffic assist rear, exit warning, turn assist, collision avoidance assist and camera-based recognition of traffic signs.
Audi hasn’t confirmed the car’s price yet. A small increase can be expected over the current model which starts at £30,035. Order books will open during the autumn, just after the car has been officially unveiled in Paris.