High 5’s for the new A5 Sportback
This week, Audi flew TFLcar’s Roman Mica out to Seattle to get into the 2nd-generation Audi A5 Sportback. The first gen went on sale in Europe, and us North Americans are finally seeing it in its next iteration. Roman’s summary review: He likes it, he really, really likes it.
Among the features that make his heart flutter: the turbocharged 4-cylinder that pumps out 252 hp and 273 lb-ft. of torque, a 7-speed dual clutch transmission connected to Quattro AWD, 27 EPA mpg combined, and a respectable 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds. There’s also Audi’s Google Maps nav app.
But what really turns Roman on is the A5 Sportback’s utility. The rear trunk is really a hatchback that opens wide to swallow bikes, golf bags, small-sized in-laws you don’t really like, and all the c**p you can’t help but buy at Costco. The rear seats, despite the dramatic, sloping roof line, even have enough headroom for Roman’s 6’2″ frame.
So the A5 is the sedan/coupé that’s almost sort of a wagon. We get why the Europeans love it, but will it play in the States? Audi USA believes it will. Their reasoning: The bigger and more expensive A7 was a hit with American buyers when it came out. The A5 Sportsback is the A7 shrunk down and with a starting price of around $42,000.
Check out Roman’s video below and judge for yourself.