En­gine, horse­power

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Automotive -

The A5 Sport­back fea­tures a 2.0-liter, four-cylin­der en­gine that is paired with a 7-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. Out­put is 252 horse­power and 273 lb.-ft. of torque.

If you de­cide to boost up to the more pow­er­ful S5 vari­ant, you get a 3.0-liter turbo V-6 of­fer­ing 354 hp.

The Audi Qu­at­tro all-wheel drive sys­tem comes stan­dard on the A5 Sport­back.

Like all Audis, the ride is tremen­dously re­spon­sive and en­joy­able all around. Ve­hi­cles with au­to­matic trans­mis­sion in­clude pad­dle shifters that make it even more fun if you choose to use them. A tra­di­tional man­ual trans­mis­sion is not of­fered on the A5 Sport­back, but is avail­able on the coupe and con­vert­ible ver­sions.

Once you get mov­ing in the A5 Sport­back, it’s pure joy of driv­ing. The ve­hi­cle hugs the cor­ners, of­fers tremen­dous ac­cel­er­a­tion and re­spon­sive­ness to driver in­put, and is one of those ve­hi­cles that you can tell wants to go fast at all times, and you’ll have to rein it in at times. This essence of driv­ing en­joy­ment is one of the core rea­sons why peo­ple love Audis and spend the amount of money they do on them.

You can choose how the drive goes via Audi drive se­lect, op­tions be­ing: Com­fort, auto, dy­namic and in­di­vid­ual. You’ll want to stay on dy­namic for best drive en­joy­ment. But some sce­nar­ios call for di­al­ing back the fun.

A start/stop sys­tem is in­cluded on the A5 Sport­back, and while some may not like it, it will help you save on gas.

Tech­nol­ogy, safety

The A5 Sport­back fea­tures a top-notch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, con­trolled by a cen­ter dial. One nice fea­ture is that it tells you what song is play­ing be­fore you open sta­tion, sav­ing you time from click­ing on the sta­tion if it’s some­thing you’re not in­ter­ested in hear­ing. The screen is well-placed, cen­tered in mid­dle of dash, plus there are in­for­ma­tive screens in front of driver con­trolled by steer­ing wheel di­als.

I also had an ex­cel­lent ex­pe­ri­ence with the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, which di­rected me ef­fec­tively and was re­spon­sive to voice com­mands, too

All 2018 Audi A5 Sport­backs of­fer for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing with au­to­matic brak­ing as a safety fea­ture. An­other cool fea­ture on the safety sys­tems is traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion.

The A5 Sport­back con­tains eight airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake as­sist, Audi pre­sense city (low-speed col­li­sion as­sist), child safety locks on rear doors, and elec­tronic sta­bi­liza­tion con­trol with sport mode.

An op­tional Bang and Olufsen sound sys­tem is fea­tured that is more tre­ble-heavy, less bass-ori­ented, but very clear. You also get LED day­time run­ning lights, LED tail­lights with dy­namic turn sig­nals, rearview cam­era and tire pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing.

MPG, price

The of­fi­cial fuel mileage num­bers on the A5 Sport­back are 24 city/34 high­way/27 com­bined.

I av­er­aged 27.1 mpg dur­ing my time in the ve­hi­cle, so the num­bers checked out.

The A5 Sport­back I tested was just over $52,000; base price starts about $43K.

It’s im­por­tant to rec­og­nize that an Audi is not cheap to buy or main­tain, for the sim­ple rea­son that it is an Audi. But you will un­der­stand why when you drive it. Audi does of­fer a four-year, 50K new ve­hi­cle war­ranty, and one-year, 10K of free main­te­nance.

Bot­tom line

One of most sat­is­fy­ing ve­hi­cles in the lux­ury realm, both in terms of per­for­mance and looks, the A5 Sport­back does not dis­ap­point. And with its four-door de­sign, it’s also more fam­ily-friendly.

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