Mercedes-Benz may have been the first brand to combine coupé style with family car practicality when it launched the original CLS, but that car came with a hefty price tag. Audi, meanwhile, democratised the formula with the first-generation Audi A5 Sportback and brought it within the reach of the majority of executive car buyers.
Offering a pair of extra doors and a more practical hatchback-style tailgate over the coupé model, the A5 Sportback was essentially an A4 saloon in a well-tailored suit – and proved a big hit with buyers.
It's no surprise, then, that this current A5 Sportback retains the key ingredients that made its predecessor such a hit. But it also has the potential to be an even better all-rounder. Why? Because the current A4 on which it’s based is so much better than the previous model.