Get the midlevel SE trim. The SE has a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t be concerned about a stiff ride, though the SE continues to be relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can also be a great bargain considering most of the safety and tech equipment you receive for the money. Finally, the SE is available with a wide selection of options, to help you pick and choose which ones are right for your budget.
Crossover SUVs might be all the rage, but there is still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the Audi A5 Sportback New. Coming off a redesign just last year, the Audi A5 Sportback New is just a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with a lot of standard safety equipment and lots of options to select from.
As has been the case for a while, you may get the Audi A5 Sportback New with a four-cylinder engine or a more powerful V6, or you may get the miserly Audi A5 Sportback New Hybrid. On the highway, the Audi A5 Sportback New is comfortable and compliant. Audi A5 Sportback New also offers two sporty versions that infuse the Audi A5 Sportback New with a little bit of extra personality. Inside, the Audi A5 Sportback New offers a simple yet feature-packed cabin, particularly if you choose one of many upper trim levels. There are many of options to pick from across the way.
The Audi A5 Sportback New can be as competent because they come. It’s well-priced generally, and modern feature content causes it to be supremely easy to drive. If you’re searching for something with a bit more class and space than the usual small sedan, the Audi A5 Sportback New might just be the sedan for you.
The Audi A5 Sportback New is the beds base trim. It comes with a relatively light load of features which includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every Audi A5 Sportback New Safety Sense, which is a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On the next rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and an automobile alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can think of the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a variety of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Many of the features found on the upper trim levels can be added to the reduced trim levels as options. Other notable options include a sunroof, a JBL sound system along with a built-in navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the Audi A5 Sportback New stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the rear seat is straightforward to fold down to match longer items. You can find enough cabin storage options to create many people happy. Loading a car seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good but not stellar. The forward center console bin is ideal for concealing items but includes a hard, slippery floor, so they really slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is just a decent size, and you can find modest door pockets in leading and rear that are great for small water bottles only.
The Audi A5 Sportback New includes a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles allow it to be easy to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s super easy to mount a car seat, with obvious and readily available lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough room so your front seat will not need to be scooted entirely forward.