The interior layout, fit and finish
You won’t have many problems making yourself comfy in the Audi A5 Sportback thanks to the plentiful seat and steering wheel adjustments, including four-way electrically operated lumbar adjustment that comes as standard. The top-end Vorsprung trim adds an electrically operated driver's seat, and all trims come with a comfortable, adjustable central armrest.
It's not perfect, though. There's a bulge in the footwell by your left leg and the pedals are offset to the right. The bulge is quite pronounced, but you'll find that the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé aren't much better in that respect. The driving position in the Volkswagen Arteon is more aligned.
Entry-level Sport trim gets LED headlights as standard, but above that you get impressive adaptive matrix LED headlights with laser technology. They're super bright and can be left on main beam without dazzling other road users.
The splendid Audi MMI infotainment system comes with a 10.1in touchscreen. The graphics are sharp, the software is responsive and the menus are easy enough to flick through once you're used to them. We prefer the BMW iDrive system in the 4 Series, though, because the physical rotary controller is less distracting to use while you're driving.
Standard kit includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring, Amazon Alexa compatibility, built-in sat-nav, online features, voice activation, two USB sockets in the front plus two more in the rear, and an eight-speaker stereo. If you go for the optional Comfort and Sound pack or select Vorsprung trim, you get a 755-watt B&O stereo with 19 speakers.
The interior of the Audi A5 Sportback is beautifully crafted. Harder plastics are few and far between, and nearly everything else has a plush soft-touch finish. Real metal trims matched with well-damped switches give it an upmarket ambience.
The Vorsprung trim replaces the aluminium with oak veneer and seat leather with softer nappa, that also covers the dashboard and centre console. The A5 Sportback sets the standard for finish here, matching the 4 Series, knocking the C-Class Coupé into touch for robustness and beating the Kia Stinger for plushness.