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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.

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