Audi A5 Sportback
Audi A5 Sportback
Audi A5 Sportback

2019 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: The 2019 Audi A5 line adds a high-performance RS 5 with a 444-horsepower twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6. Audi’s A5 lineup was redesigned for 2018, and it expanded to include a 4-door hatchback-sedan body style named A5 Sportback (there is also a high-performance S5 version). The A5/S5/RS 5 Sportback is on a slightly longer wheelbase than the A5/S5/RS 5 coupe and convertible (reviewed separately)—111.2 inches versus 108.8 inches. The 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. All 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 was a fine addition to the Audi lineup. Though it’s pricier than a comparably equipped A4 or S4 sedan, an A5/S5/RS 5 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 Premium: $45,195
A5 Premium Plus: $49,595
A5 Prestige: $53,295
S5 Premium: $53,395
S5 Premium Plus: $57,795
S5 Prestige: $61,495
RS 5: $75,195

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (A5)
Horsepower
252
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
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

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 (RS 5)
Horsepower
444
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

Audi RS 5 Sportback A5
2019 Audi RS 5 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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