The Audi A5 Sportback is a bit of a mystery. We have seen numerous coupe and convertible variants of the A5 out on the streets but not much of 4-door sportback. So it got me thinking; here is a sultry looking car, which is an entry-level option to the Audi A7 and the BMW Gran Coupe. Could this be the ideal every-day car and at the same time be easy on our wallets as well?
2013 Audi A5 Sportback Review
It’s a no brainer that the Audi A5 is a looker. It has curves, graceful lines running the length of the car and those eyes!! Audi knows how to dress up the eyes. The LED daytime running lights in the Audi A5, though found in most cars these days, have taken a whole new meaning in seductive enticement.
Our tester came with sports suspension (thanks to Audi’s Style Package) and 19” Audi 5-arm titan optic rotor design, much like the rims we had on our A8L W12 and Audi’s S Line exterior package, which gives an aggressive front fascia, side skirts and rear bumper. All in all it’s a pretty nifty package.
Our primary objective of this test was to see how well the A5 Sportback fares as an everyday car. How do we define an everyday car, well it has to look good, have a decent trunk space and sip petrol from a crushed straw while zipping us though our day to day errand runs.
This objective is not just go from point A to B and where the lowest sticker price wins the game. No, this is for those who wants something special and not break their wallets in the process.
We were quite skeptical at first on the 2.0L turbo engine pulling all this weight around. But then again Audi has been going down on displacement lately and that has hardly changed the power delivery, in fact the power has risen. The Q5 2.0T which shares the same engine as the one in this car was so fantastic and rev happy that we had to try it out on the A5 Sportback.
It did not disappoint at all. In fact we felt that this engine is the right balance for this car. There was power when we needed it and on those occasions where our feet turned to lead just before we hit a curve on the road, the balance of the car was just right. There was no under-steer at all. It’s a point and go tool. The 19 inch wheels provided for a great feel and contact patch on the road and the lack of weight in the front helped.
One would tend to marvel in the ability of Audi’s 2.0T engine, it is rather special and pokey. Just flick the gear down once from “D” and “Sport” mode engages which did liven things up a few notches.
The seats and the interior are signature Audi. They are probably the best looking and crafted interior that one could find. The seats provided for ample support while being comfortable and the dash layout had a sense of familiarity in them. The buttons are where one would expect it to be. The aluminum details around the shift knobs and the metallic trim on the door panels went well with the all black interior.
The electric power steering wheel slacked when the car slowed down to 20kmph for ease in parking, this is very helpful in Dubai. How many of us had to really squeeze into a parking space just because the cars parked on either sides have maximized their footprint by deciding to park on the white lines. We have gone through this all. And the extra boost in the power steering makes parking that much easier and stress free.
The 2013 Audi A5 Sportback is a strong contender, in my books, as an every day car. The truck space, though not deep, offered enough space for the weekend shopping to slip through without being cramped. But for Audi to provide exceptional low fuel consumption, comfort of drive and the occasional hooliganism for a price just north of, say an Infiniti G37. We believe that this is a job well done. 211hp may not sound much but this is all about the torque and there are more than enough. The icing on the cake is the design and those gorgeous eyes. I did feel sad giving the car away but the memories of it will last a long time.
|2013 AUDI A5 SPORTBACK 2.0 TFSI QUATTRO S TRONIC|
|Rated Output||211hp @ 4300 to 6000 rpm|
|Rated Torque||350Nm @ 1500 to 4200 rpm|
|Transmission||S Tronic 7 speed|
|Max Speed||241 km/h|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||6.6 s|
|Fuel Consumption combined (l/100lm)||7.0|
|Price (AED)||183,500 – 203,800 as tested|
** Our tester came with the Style Package ( Front sport seats, Leather package, S Line exterior package, Sport Suspension) & Equipment Package (Audi hold assist, Audi Music Interface, Comfort Key, Lighting Package, Sunroof)
*** Price includes Audi’s 5 years/100,000kms service package and 3 years warranty
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