AUDI HAS REVEALED the next-generation A5 Sportback ahead of its debut at the Paris show later this month. The new four-door offers more cabin space than its coupe equivalent while sharing the same turbocharged four and six-cylinder engines. Compared with its predecessor, the new A5 Sportback’s wheelbase has grown by 14mm, to 2824mm, while rear leg room is up by 24mm. Boot space has increased by 15 litres to 480 litres. Load capacity grows to 1300 litres with the 40/20/40 split rear seatbacks lowered.
Like the coupe, the Sportback gets 2.0 TFSI petrol and 2.0 TDI diesel turbocharged four-cylinder engines in various states of tune, with the range topped by a 282bhp 3.0 TDI V6 diesel. The car is offered with the choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic gearboxes. As with the coupe, a performance-focused S5 model is available, with a 3.0 TFSI petrol unit that produces 349bhp.
A g-tron model that can run on natural gas is offered in Europe but not in the UK, due to a lack of refuelling infrastructure. Front-wheel drive is standard on most models, but quattro four-wheel drive is offered as an option across the range. It’s standard on the 282bhp3.0TDI and S5, both of which are also offered with an optional sport differential to further boost traction.
The A5 Sportback features adaptive suspension with continuous damping control that works in tandem with the car’s Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Efficiency driving modes. Interior options include Audi’s Virtual Cockpit and the latest evolution of the Multi Media Interface infotainment system.
There’s also a wireless smartphone charging pad and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Driver assist systems include adaptive cruise, auto collision avoidance, park assist, cross-traffic assist and road sign recognition. Pricing hasn’t yet been revealed, but expect a small rise over the outgoing model, which starts at £30,035.