The A5 Sportback’s interior will be familiar to anyone who has spent time in the current A4 saloon – and that’s no bad thing. The minimalist dashboard is in keeping with the clean exterior design, Audi’s MMI infotainment system is one of the easiest to use in the class and the interior materials are of a much higher perceived quality than those found in all rivals.
Happily, that brilliant infotainment system comes as standard on all A5 Sportback models and features a clear 7.0in display mounted centrally on the dashboard, controlled using a rotary dial between the front seats. You twist the dial to scroll through the on-screen menus and press down to select, and there are some handy shortcut keys to take you straight to specific functions.
Sat-nav comes as standard on all trims except SE, while the digital Virtual Cockpit shown in our photos – a configurable 12.3in screen that takes the place of the standard analogue instrument dials – costs extra in any model.
The driving position is well judged, with plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment, as well as a comfortable seat that provides plenty of upper back support. However, you have to pay extra for adjustable lumbar support on SE trim; an extra we’d advise you fork out for if you regularly do long stints behind the wheel. Or simply choose our recommended Sport trim, which comes with powered seats and four-way lumbar adjustment as standard.