2018 Audi A5 Sportback

Pros: Cargo versatility of hatchback-sedan body style; satisfying acceleration; ride and handling balance

Cons: Complicated infotainment controls; pricey options and packages drive up bottom line; rear-seat space is a bit stingy

CG Says: Audi’s A5 lineup is redesigned for 2018, and it expands to include a new 4-door hatchback-sedan body style named A5 Sportback (there is also a high-performance S5 version). The A5/S5 Sportback is on a slightly longer wheelbase than the A5/S5 coupe and convertible (reviewed separately)—111.2 inches versus 108.8 inches. The 2018 Audi A5 Sportback is powered by a 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. The S5 has a 354-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 mated to an 8-speed automatic. (A high-performance RS 5 Sportback with a 444-hp twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 is expected for 2019.) All A5 and S5 Sportbacks have standard all-wheel drive. Available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, vehicle-exit assist (a feature that warns of approaching cyclists or vehicles when occupants exit the vehicle), and turn assist (a feature that can detect approaching oncoming traffic when making a left-hand turn). Other available features include a surround-view camera system, head-up instrument display, heated/ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate controls, and Audi’s “Virtual Cockpit” digital gauge cluster. The Sportback is a fine addition to the Audi lineup. Though it’s pricier than a comparably equipped A4 or S4 sedan, an A5/S5 Sportback offers dynamic, fastback-esque styling and added cargo-carrying versatility that makes it worth the extra cost for the right luxury-vehicle shopper.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices A5 2.0T quattro Premium: $43,575
A5 2.0T quattro Premium Plus: $46,575
A5 2.0T quattro Prestige: $51,175
S5 3.0T quattro Premium Plus: $55,375
S5 3.0T quattro Prestige: $59,775

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (A5)
Horsepower
252
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (S5)
Horsepower
354
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

2018 Audi S5 Sportback
2018 Audi S5 Sportback
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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