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Audi A5 DIESEL SPORTBACK 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic

Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
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Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic
Audi A5 35 TDI Sport 5dr S Tronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG62.80
  • 0-62mph9.1 secs
  • Top Speed135 mph
  • C02118 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque226 lbs/f
  • P11D30%

Review

When it comes to prestigiously-badged compact executive German cars, traditional thinking suggests that estates are fine but five-door hatchbacks aren't. Audi however, hasn't made it to the top of the pile by traditional thinking and their second generation A5 Sportback continues to turn such thinking on its head, with coupe styling married to a couple of rear passenger doors and hatchback practicality.

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Audi's second generation A5 Sportback may be hard to pigeonhole but it's a tempting proposition. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Back in 2010, the original version of Audi's A5 Sportback was the first hatchback in the compact executive segment, the area of the market dominated by models like Audi's A4, BMW's 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class. Previously, we'd seen estates in this sector, but never a hatch. The A5 Sportback changed that - and was so successful that BMW was forced to copy its concept with subsequent 3 Series Gran Turismo and 4 Series Gran Coupe models. Audi though, reckons that the original is still the best and aims to underline that perspective with the second generation version we look at here. Like the MK2 model A5 Coupe which shares this car's underpinnings and engineware, this Sportback is sharper-looking, more efficient and lighter than its predecessor. It's also much better equipped and more technologically advanced. Time to check it out in a little more detail.

Driving Experience

This second generation A5 Sportback sits on an all-new platform with a wide track and a comparatively long wheelbase, all ingredients that should provide for composed, agile handling. There's a more sophisticated suspension set-up too, with a more sophisticated five-link system replacing the trapezoidal link rear suspension used previously. As you'd expect, there's an adaptive damping option you can control through the standard 'Audi drive select' vehicle dynamics system that all A5 Sportback models get. At its simplest, this set-up allows you to control all the usual things - throttle response, steering feel and, on S tronic auto models, gearshift timings too. You'll want to know about engines. Petrols first: there's an entry-level 150PS 1.4-litre TFSI unit in the base '35 TFSI' variant, then a couple of 2.0 TFSI petrol options, with a choice of either 190PS (in the '40 TFSI') or 245PS (in the '45 TFSI quattro'), the latter variant able to reach 62mph in just 6s. Most will want a diesel though. There's a base 150PS 2.0-litre unit in the '35 TDI'. And a 190PS version of that engine in the '40 TDI'. There's also a six cylinder 3.0 TDI variant offering 286PS and a mighty 620Nm of torque in the '50 TDI quattro' model, so it should feel genuinely quick. As should the S5 version, which gets a mild hybrid 347PS version of that 3.0 TDI. This develops 500Nm of torque and sprints to 62mph in just 4.9s on the way to an artificially governed top speed of 155mph. The top RS5 Sportback uses a 450PS 2.9-litre petrol V6. As usual, quattro 4WD is either optional or standard-fit on more powerful models.

Design and Build

Audi designers have brought together dramatic shapes and taut surfaces to update this A5 Sportback, creating a familiar yet very contemporary silhouette for the five-door coupe design that retains the original's handsome good looks. The stretched wheelbase, short overhangs and long, wraparound bonnet featuring a power dome emphasise the sporty silhouette. And the three-dimensional Singleframe grille is significantly flatter and wider than on the previous model. In profile, the wave-pattern shoulder line is a key contributor to the A5 Sportback's elegant stance. And inside? Well it's significantly more spacious. The interior length has gained 17mm, the shoulder room for driver and front passenger is up 11mm and the rear knee room is up by 24mm. The horizontal architecture of the instrument panel creates a sense of spaciousness too and the optional ambient lighting system with 30 colours to choose from should evoke a fitting interior mood. There's 480-litres of luggage capacity, which is close to the best in this class. Plus Audi also offers the option of sensor control for opening and closing the standard-fit electric luggage compartment lid. The rear seat back splits 40:20:40 as standard. The load-area width measures exactly one metre and the rectangular-shaped layout of this compartment makes it practical to use. With the rear seats folded down, the car can accommodate 1,300-litres.

Market and Model

Expect pricing to sit in the same £34,000 to £45,000 bracket as rivals, though you can pay up to £55,000 or more for an A5 Sportback in its fastest or best equipped forms. As usual, there's a premium of around £3,000 to pay if you want to switch from any given petrol variant to its diesel alternative. Only the '40 TFSI' petrol variant can be had with manual transmission. A 7-speed S tronic auto gearbox is optional and all other mainstream A5 Sportback models have to have that auto transmission as standard. Quattro 4WD costs around £1,800 more on the '40 TDI' diesel and is standard on the fastest petrol and diesel derivatives. All models come well equipped, every trim grade featuring xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, an 'Audi MMI radio plus' infotainment system with a 7-inch colour display, Bluetooth, a three-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel, a front centre armrest, a folding rear seat back with a 40:20:40 split, and LED interior lighting. Also standard are the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, the Audi pre sense city and multicollision brake assist safety systems, and a variable speed limiter. Many buyers will want to add in the desirable 'Audi Virtual Cockpit' TFT instrument binnacle, with its 12.3-inch screen and advanced graphics. A Head-up display can be ordered at extra cost. Also popular as an option will be Audi's top infotainment set-up, 'MMI navigation plus with MMI touch'. It includes such features as 10GB of flash storage, a DVD drive, Audi connect services for three years and an 8.3-inch monitor.

Cost of Ownership

The body of this MK2 model Audi A5 Sportback is the lightest in the segment and the car's overall weight has fallen by 85kgs to just 1,470kg. That's equivalent to asking your partner and smallest child to get out and walk and it has predictably positive effects on the car's efficiency figures. Also helpful is the optional 'Predictive efficiency assistant' which evaluates GPS information from the car's immediate surroundings and helps to save fuel by giving specific driving advice. We'll get to the efficiency figures - which Audi says have improved by up to 22% across the line-up in this second generation range, even though power outputs have risen by 17%. In its 190PS guise, the 2.0 TFSI petrol unit is reasonably frugal, in S tronic '40 TFSI' form managing up to 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and 135g/km of CO2 (on 18-inch wheels). The 190PS 2.0 TDI '40 TDI' diesel improves that to 62.8mpg and 117g/km.

Summary

Audi has already proved with the A5 Sportback that there's room in the market for a compact executive model with a fifth door and an added dose of charisma. Whether the people buying it are actually conquest customers is another issue entirely of course, but when you're offering cars to suit every conceivable market niche, you can never be quite sure of that. What's certain is that this second generation model represents a decent step forward from its predecessor, lighter, more sophisticated and eminently more desirable. Which makes it even harder to ignore if you're target market for this kind of contender. One thing's certain: here's another very desirable Audi.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control + speed limiter
7" Colour driver information system
Audi connect
Audi drive select
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
Audi smartphone interface
Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme
Bluetooth interface
Electro-mechanical power steering
MMI Navigation
Power tailgate
Service interval indicator
Voice control system
Entertainment
Audi sound system
CD player
DAB Digital radio
Two SDXC card slots
Exterior Features
Electric folding door mirrors
Solid paint
Towbar preparation
Xenon headlights with LED Daytime running light
Air inlets in titanium black with matt aluminium inlay
Aluminium roof frame and window trim
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Body colour bumpers
Body coloured door mirrors
Chrome plated exhaust pipe
Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Electric front windows
Front fog lights
High gloss black B pillar trims and triangular rear door trim
Rain and light sensors
Rear diffuser strip in matt aluminium silver
Twilight grey matt radiator grille in matt aluminium inlay
Windscreen with acoustic glazing
Interior Features
Heated front seats
Manual seat adjustment
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Twin leather upholstery + front sports seats
2 x USB charging port with aux input socket
3 spoke multi-function leather steering wheel
4 way electric lumbar support
40/20/40 split folding 3 seater rear bench seat
Adjustable steering column
Aluminium door sill trims
Centre console with cupholders
Cloth headlining
Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
Front centre armrest
Front head restraints
Front/rear floor mats
Gearshift paddles
ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
Jack and tool kit
Luggage compartment mat
Rear headrests
Titanium grey headlining
Packs
LED interior light pack - A5/RS5
Non Smokers pack
Technical
Comfort dynamic suspension
Diesel particulate filter
Trim
Aluminium ellipse silver trim
Wheels
18" 5 arm star design alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
Electromechanical parking brake
Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Hill hold function
Multi-Collision braking
Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
Pre sense city
Seatbelt monitoring
Tyre pressure warning
Variable restraint system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Anti theft alarm system
Anti theft wheel bolts
Immobiliser
Keyless Go
Remote central locking
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 118
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1968
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 7 SPEED
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 62.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 67.3
EC Urban (mpg) 56.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 49.6
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 150
Coin Description TDi
Coin Series Sport
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 27E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 9000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.1
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 3250
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 226
Engine Torque - MKG 32.6
Engine Torque - NM 320
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 135
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 245/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 245/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5 ARM STAR DESIGN
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1386
Length 4733
Wheelbase 2824
Width 1843
Width (including mirrors) 2029
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 40
Gross Vehicle Weight 2120
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 480
Max. Loading Weight 580
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1900
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1515
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.7

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £536.99 p/m £17.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £581.99 p/m £58.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £623.99 p/m £91.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £446.99 p/m £25.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £486.99 p/m £69.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £534.99 p/m £109.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £403.99 p/m £45.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £442.99 p/m £83.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £481.99 p/m £124.99 p/m
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Audi side assist + pre sense rear £775.00
Head up Display £900.00
Rear view camera £450.00
Exterior Features
Deletion of engine designation at rear FOC
Deletion of model + engine designation at rear FOC
Door mirrors folding with auto-dimming and memory function £125.00
Foldable tow bar £900.00
High beam assistant £150.00
LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators £1,050.00
Metallic paint £675.00
Panoramic glass sunroof £1,250.00
Side and rear windows privacy glass £375.00
Interior Features
Electrically adjustable front seats - driver seat with memory £950.00
Heated front and outer rear seats £300.00
Milano leather upholstery with front sports seats £750.00
Packs
Comfort and sound pack - A5/RS5 £1,295.00
Driver assistance pack - A5/RS5 £1,250.00
Extended LED interior light pack - A5/RS5 £100.00
Storage pack - A5 Sportback £175.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Floret silver £675.00
Metallic - Glacier white £675.00
Metallic - Gotland green £675.00
Metallic - Manhattan grey £675.00
Metallic - Matador red £675.00
Metallic - Monsoon grey £675.00
Metallic - Mythos black £675.00
Metallic - Navarra blue £675.00
Metallic - Tango red £675.00
Solid - Brilliant black FOC
Solid - Ibis white FOC
Safety
Rear side airbags £330.00
Technical
24 litre AdBlue tank FOC
54 Litre Fuel Tank FOC
Sports suspension £325.00
Trim
Milano leather - Atlas beige/Black + front sport seats £750.00
Milano leather - Black + front sports seats £750.00
Milano leather - Nougat Brown/Black + front sports seats £750.00
Milano leather - Rock grey/Black + front sports seats £750.00
Piano black finish inlay £200.00
Twin leather - Black + front sports seats FOC
Twin leather - Nougat brown/Black + front sport seats FOC
Twin leather - Rock grey/Black + front sport seats FOC
Wheels
18" 10 parallel spoke design alloy wheels £250.00
* option prices shown are estimated