For The Audi A5 Sportback looks great, is almost as spacious as an A4 saloon and offers added versatility. It has some fine engines, too, with the four-cylinder diesel particularly tempting to fleet users.

Against The steering is numb, the pedals are heavily off set and it's a bit tight in the back. A BMW 3 Series will be cheaper to run, too.

Audi A5 Sportback
33 5stars

The Audi A5 Sportback feels old in a few areas, but still worth considering if you value style over practicality.

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There are 23 Audi A5 versions available

Sportback 1.8 TFSI 177 SE Technik 5dr £30,035
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 136 ultra SE 5dr £30,435
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 190 SE 5dr £30,940
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 136 ultra SE Technik 5dr £31,385
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.8 TFSI 177 S line 5dr £31,675
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 190 SE Technik 5dr £32,290
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 190 quattro SE 5dr £32,465
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 1.8 TFSI 177 Black Edition 5dr £33,175
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technik 5dr £33,340
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 190 S line Nav 5dr £33,930
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 190 quattro SE Technik 5dr £33,945
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro SE Techni 5dr £34,730
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 150 S line 5dr £34,980
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 190 Black Edition + 5dr £35,560
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 190 quattro S line 5dr £35,585
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro S line 5dr £36,370
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 150 Black Edition 5dr £36,610
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TDI 190 quattro Black Ed + 5dr £37,100
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 2.0 TFSI 225 q'ttro Black Edi+ 5dr £37,870
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Sportback 3.0 TDI 245 quattro S line 5dr £41,090
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Sportback 3.0 TDI 245 quattro Black Ed + 5dr £42,590
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Sportback 3.0 TFSI 333 quattro S5 5dr £42,990
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Sportback 3.0 TFSI 333 quattro S5 Black 5dr £44,065
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

For years there's been an unwritten law in compact executive cars that says hatchbacks are a no-no, while saloons, estates, coupes and convertibles are all fine.

Not any more - but ignore the marketing spin. The truth is that the Audi A5 Sportback is a hatchback, albeit with frameless side windows and a four-seater cabin to try to convince you it's a coupe. It's based on the longer version of Audi's medium-car platform, as used for the A4 saloon, so it has comparable passenger and luggage space.

Our favourite version is the 1.8 TFSI, which makes more sense than the diesel model. In everyday driving it’s plenty quick enough, yet it still averages almost 50mpg.

Leather upholstery is standard on SE models and above, but cruise control and satellite-navigation are desirable extras.

Reader test team says:

Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI 190 SE Technik 5dr

Got one of these for a company car and I am really impressed with it to be honest. The kit level is good with the DAB now included in the technik…

Stuart Kemp

5 out of 5 stars

Audi A5 Sportback 3.0 TDI 245 quattro S line 5dr

Opted for the Black Edition of this car brand new (in ibis white) 2013 which includes the black grill, titanium rotors, B&O system and AMI. It is an…

Anoop Aggarwal

5 out of 5 stars

Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI S line 5dr

I got the 2013 2.0 TDI S-line as a courtesy car when I took my 2011 A1 1.6 TDI S-line in for a service. I was surprised the quality of cabin materials…

Ben Wright

3 out of 5 stars

Audi A5 Sportback 3.0 TDI 245 quattro S line 5dr

I opted for the Black Edition, which is only recently available, What Car, a little behind? Owned the car for 3 months, and just turned 4k miles.…

SIMON RIGG

5 out of 5 stars
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