New Audi A5 Sportback breaks coverFirst shot of Audi's new five-door hatch appears

18 June 2009

A quick peek at the new Audi A5 Sportback

A quick peek at the new Audi A5 Sportback

Audi has revealed a new model, the A5 Sportback. Just not quite all of it.

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This close cropped rear three-quarter image is the only official picture we have of the new car so far. But we do know that the A5 Sportback joins its coupé and convertible namesakes as a new five-door hatchback.

However, like the Mercedes-Benz CLS, and to a certain extent the new , the A5 Sportback has been designed to have a coupé-like profile as well as providing generous space for passengers and luggage. This sees it take a step away from traditional large saloons and hatchbacks, and become part of the latest premium niche.

Audi A5 Sportback: more passenger space than the old Audi A4?

More passenger space than the old Audi A4?

Inside the A5 Sportback

Clearly, we can’t yet see how successful this is from a design perspective - although this official sketch does provide a clue.

But Audi claims the four-seater A5 Sportback has as much passenger room as the previous generation Audi A4, and the same boot capacity as the current A4 Avant - 480 litres, even before the rear seats are folded down.

Audi A5 Sportback engines

Powering the new model at launch will be two petrol and three turbodiesel engines. All use direct injection technology for improved fuel efficiency and extra power. Petrol choices are 208bhp 2.0 turbo and 261bhp 3.2 V6, while the diesel selection consists of 167bhp 2.0, 187bhp 2.7 V6 and 236bhp 3.0 V6. The 2.0-litre diesel even comes with start-stop technology.

Quattro four-wheel drive will be offered, alongside an electronic traction system for the front wheels that operates as part of the stability control - similar to Volkswagen’s ‘XDS’ device on the new . ‘Audi drive select’ is optional, allowing the driver to tailor suspension, steering, throttle and gearbox settings as preferred, alongside adaptive suspension and steering packages.

Prices for the new Audi A5 Sportback start at £30,325, and it arrives in the UK in October. Perhaps delay the deposit until Audi has shown us the entire car...


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