First Drive

2017 Audi A5 Sportback verdict and specs

We try the all-new Audi A5 Sportback in range-topping V6 diesel form. Has it got what it takes to worry the BMW 4 Series Gran CoupΓ©?

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Audi A5 Sportback 3.0 TDI 286 rear

Should I buy one?

If you’re looking for driving thrills, there’s no doubt that you’d be better off with a 4 Series Gran CoupΓ©, and if you prioritise practicality over pace, the A4 Saloon would be a more sensible choice. But that’s not to say the new A5 Sportback doesn’t have its own unique appeal.

It's better to drive than the car it replaces, is plusher inside than its rivals and the 282bhp V6 diesel engine in this version is an absolute masterpiece. And with the addition of a larger boot and improved rear space, the new Sportback is less of a practicality compromise than its predecessor.

Words by Neil Winn

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BMW 4-Series Gran CoupΓ©

Meredes-Benz C-Class

2016 Audi A5 Sportback 3.0 TDI 286 quattro

Engine size 3.0-litre V6 diesel

Price from tbc

Power 282bhp

Torque 457lb ft

0-62mph tbc

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy (official combined) tbc

CO2/BIK band tbc

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