Audi A5 Sportback review

Category: Coupé

Section: Costs & verdict

Audi A5 Sportback 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 front tracking
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 right tracking
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 front tracking
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 rear tracking
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 headlight detail
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 rear light detail
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 rear side detail
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 interior driver display
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 interior detail
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 interior detail
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

As a cash purchase, the Audi A5 Sportback is fairly closely priced to the equivalent BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé. If you want to spend a little less, you’ll be able to pick up an equivalent Kia Stinger or Volkswagen Arteon for quite a bit less.

Oddly for an Audi, the A5 Sportback's resale values aren't that strong. It loses a similar percentage of its list price as the C-Class Coupé, while the 4 Series should hold on to more of its value after three years. Even the Stinger and Arteon experience slightly slower depreciation

Going for the top-of-the-range Vorsprung trim gives you even more equipment, including heated outer rear seats, a head-up display and park assist, which will parallel park the car for you. All those toys come with a hefty jump in price, though, so we can’t really recommend it.

As a brand, Audi finished 18th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That's above Volkswagen (20th) and Mercedes (22nd) but below Kia (9th) and BMW (13th).

Safety systems are good, with six airbags and an effective automatic emergency braking (AEB) system as standard. It’s a shame you have to pay extra for blind-spot warning and lane-keeping assistance but, even so, the A5 Sportback attained five stars in its Euro NCAP test. That was in 2015, though, and since then the test has become harder to pass, so the 4 Series' five stars in 2019 is more impressive and should make it the safer car. 

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Audi A5 Sportback 2021 interior infotainment

Overview

The Audi A5 Sportback blends coupé-like styling with decent practicality. If you want something that's efficient to run, comfortable and refined, with a beautifully executed interior, it's one of the best coupés for the cash. It also handles well, but if you prefer thrilling and playful rear-wheel-drive dynamics, we'd opt for the excellent BMW 4 Series instead.

  • Brilliantly executed interior quality
  • Smooth, powerful and efficient engines
  • Practical hatchback boot
  • Not as involving to drive as rear-wheel-drive rivals
  • Other cars in the class have better resale values
  • Versions with bigger wheels suffer from increased road noise
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