Audi A5 Sportback review - Interior, design and technology
The Audi A5 Sportback raises the bar when it comes to interior quality, with plenty of technology and a logically laid-out cabin
There’s no arguing the fact that Audi’s A5 Sportback is a more desirable car than the A4 saloon on which it’s based. However, the sleek and aerodynamic body shell does mean you’ll need to make small compromises inside – where the sloping roofline eats in to passenger space.
From the front, the new A5 Sportback looks just like the coupe on which it is based, and is even rather tricky to distinguish from the A4 at first glance. SE cars come with 17-inch wheels and xenon headlights, but it’s the Sport version that we believe offers the best value for money – adding leather sports seats, sat-nav and a three-month trial to Audi connect. S line cars boast bigger 18-inch rims, though it’s worth remembering that these will adversely affect the car’s CO2 emissions. LED lights with scrolling indicators are also included on top-spec cars.
Inside, the A5 is a perfect example of Audi’s high quality standards and super classy interior design. It’s beautifully built and covered in soft-touch materials from top to bottom. The dials and buttons are clear and easy to read.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Spec a car with Audi’s optional 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit system and you’ll instantly feel like you’re driving a car from the future. Sitting in place of the conventional dials, the fully digital setup can display full screen sat-nav mapping, media data or trip information alongside the speedometer and rev counter. It’s super intuitive to use and looks great.
However, even those without the Virtual Cockpit dials have a high quality feel, with a classy fit and finish unseen on anything else in this class. A Mercedes C-Class runs the A5 close for solidity and elegant switchgear, but the Audi really does raise the bar.
Everything is easy to use, with the brand’s familiar scroll wheel controlling all the infotainment functions. Unlike the latest BMW systems, however, there’s no option for a touchscreen display, making flicking through the menus a slightly longer and more laborious affair.
In this review
- 1Audi A5 Sportback reviewThe A5 Sportback is the five-door version of the A5 Coupe which adds practicality to the stylish model range
- 2Engines, performance and driveA wide range of powerful petrol and diesel engines should mean there’s something for everyone
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe 2.0-litre TDI Ultra will make up the bulk of sales, and the low emissions mean it’s easy to see why
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Audi A5 Sportback raises the bar when it comes to interior quality, with plenty of technology and a logically laid-out cabin
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWhile the A5 Sportback is more versatile than the standard coupe, the A4 is more practical
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe A5 Sportback has the power of the VW Group behind it, meaning it comes loaded with safety kit