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Adaptive damping is available on the TFSI for an extra $3500, while the TDI offers an optional full driver select package (sport differential, adaptive damping and dynamic steering) for $7600.
While both models come well specified with the full complement of electronic safety aids and eight airbags, leather trim and quality entertainment systems, the necessary reversing camera remains an option at $1165, while satellite navigation is an additional $4550.
On the road the A5 Sportback is . . . well, it’s an A5.
The A5 is a car you want to drive. It feels wellengineered and it is.
An almost exclusive use of aluminium for the suspension components, in turn mounted to an aluminium sub-frame, reduces the unsprung weight, giving a lower centre of gravity and noticeable poise.
Combined with the body rigidity provided by five grades of steel through to ultra-high strength, the Sportback has a comforting feel of solidity and balance.
The direct injection petrol TFSI is good for 155kW of power and a very handy 350Nm of torque across a vast rev range from 1500rpm through to 4200rpm.
The three-litre TDI oil burner’s 176kW and 500Nm give the Sportback a 0-100km/h sprint of 6.1 seconds — half a second quicker than the TFSI — while promising fuel efficiency of just 6.6L/100km.
That makes the A5 Sportback TDI the 23rd Audi model to benefit from the Government’s lower luxury car tax incentives for vehicles using 7.0 litres or less per 100km.
The A5 line-up will be completed towards the middle of the year with the arrival of the S5 Sportback, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.