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.
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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
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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.
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