Revisions to the Audi A5 Sportback may not be noticed on the outside or inside, but they will be noted on the dealer forecourt thanks to an increased range and reduced prices. The five-door liftback version of the Audi A5 coupe arrived two years after that donor car, in 2009, but was quickly facelifted a year later and hasn’t really changed with this update. Although the Audi A5 Sportback still costs a style-led premium over the A4 sedan with which it shares similar dimensions, the lineup has now been tweaked.
On the flipside, the Audi A5 Sportback provides a much better balance of rear seat headroom and legroom – offering much more of the former, but not as much as the latter. As of last year, Audi added a centre rear seatbelt standard on all A5 Sportback models, which is a neat confession that it should have been there all along (the five-door A5 always had a bench seat, not individually bolstered outer seats, so it made little sense not to have a ‘belt in the middle.
The quattro car sends 60 per cent of drive to the rear wheels, is also a substantial 85kg heavier, weighing 1700kg. It also utilises a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox instead of the front-driver’s automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT). That possibly explains why the 2.0 TDI quattro can claim a 7.9 second 0-100km/h, identical to the 2.0 TDI front-drive, although official consumption of 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres is 0.5L adrift of the lighter model.
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