This weekend turned out to be the kind of dream, where one doesn’t want to wake up. I got the opportunity to drive one of Audi’s most stylish cars. The A5 Sportback. A car that stands for style and performance in every breadth!
The A5 Sportback arrived 10 minutes before 8 on Saturday morning. Attractive looking whichever side or angle you view it from. The sweeping lines and curves work very well from a design perspective. The body style has a coupe roofline that flows into defined haunches. Prominent sharply cut taillights and headlights give the A5 a sleek and sporty stance.
The A5 Sportback blends hatchback versatility, the spaciousness of a sedan and the styling lines of a coupe. The A5 Sportback is a design masterstroke by Audi, the way different features of their model range have been combined so well here.
Step into the car and you greeted with a cabin that exudes class and chic. The cabin is spacious enough for a six-footer to sit comfortably. Audi has worked on giving more cabin space. It’s longer, narrower and lower than the car it replaces, but somehow more spacious. Headroom is adequate as well, unless you are very tall in which case you may find it a little tight… A sunroof which is standard for most luxury cars these days is available in the A5 Sportback as well.
The dashboard looks super and is based on the MLB Evo platform. The A5 Sportback comes with three-zone climate control, while the infotainment is a large eight-inch unit. It comes with 755W Bang and Olufsen audio system Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The virtual cockpit which a delight to use completes the package. Audi makes probably the best digital instrument cluster that’s out there presently. It comes with active and passive safety features as well. The on-board satellite navigation is very accurate, the few occasions I used it.
The Audi A5 Sportback is based on VW’s famous MLB platform with the engine feeding power to the front wheels mated to a seven-speed gearbox, which is as smooth, refined and as quick as they come. Under the hood is a 2.0l four-cylinder turbo-diesel which puts out 190PS @ 3,800-4,200 rpm and 400Nm @ 1,750-3,000 rpm. This engine is one of the best, not just because of the above-mentioned figures, but also of the high standard of refinement levels on offer. Start the car, press the accelerator and the power builds up quickly, with the torque hitting you around the 2,500 rpm mark. The revving is so rapid on this car, testimony to the superior TDI engines that the Audis come equipped with. The Audi A5 Sportback diesel claims to go from standstill to 100 in 7.9s.
I was lucky to drive it on relatively empty roads early Saturday morning. On the Bandra – Worli Sea link, the A5 Sportback came into its own. Fast and quick on the go, the Sportback showed me the qualities which make it a top-class car in its segment. Braking was sharp, cornering was easily tackled without breaking into a sweat. The moment we got into traffic the A5 changed character and was equally at home there. Not once did I feel any stress even when we were moving at speeds of 40 km and less.
I spent a day driving the A5 Sportback. My impressions in this short period were extremely satisfying with everything the car has on offer in terms of luxury, performance and sports car sensibilities This is a car that’s as much at home in the city as on a race track. A car that’s on the must buy list for most auto enthusiasts worldwide…The A5 Sportback is priced at 55.40 lakhs ex-showroom Mumbai.
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Kerb Weight||1670 kg|
|Seating Capacity||5 Person|
|No of Seating Rows||2 Rows|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||54 litres|
|Engine & Transmission|
|Engine Type||4-cylinder in-line diesel engine with common rail injection system and turbocharging|
|Max Power (bhp@rpm)||190 bhp @ 3800 rpm|
|Max Torque (Nm@rpm)||400 Nm @ 1750 rpm|
|Mileage (ARAI)||19.2 kmpl|
|Turbocharger Type||Variable Geometry|
|No of gears||7 Gears|
|Manual Shifting for Automatic||Conventional Shift|
|Driving Modes||Electronic Presets|
|Engine Start-Stop Function||Yes|
|Alternate Fuel||Not Applicable|
|Valve/Cylinder (Configuration)||4, DOHC|
|Suspensions, Brakes & Steering|
|Front Brake Type||Disc|
|Rear Brake Type||Disc|
|Steering Type||Power assisted (Electric)|
|Front Tyres||245 / 40 R18|
|Rear Tyres||225 / 40 R18|