Test drive A5 Sportback: catch all the hares at once

Sportcar or just pretending? In fact, it is convenient, like any liftback, or are there nuances? Having tried different modifications and trains on different seats, now we will tell everything as on the spirit

In order to objectively judge the pros and cons of an unusual car, one should first get his idea. I’m not sure that ever in my garage there will be a A5 Sportback – a “five-door coupe”, as it is called in Audi, but I’ll try to get used to the skin of its owner.

So, probably, I should be a person with conflicting double queries. The proverb “for two hares you will chase …” my hero considers silly and consequently is engaged at once by any two businesses. He can sit on two chairs, but prudently put eggs in two baskets. He is considered a master to play double games or find compromises. And on a horoscope, most likely, he is a Gemini or Libra. I can not imagine anything else. That’s the idea of ​​the A5 Sportback from nose to tail is built on a similar dualism.

We move aside and look. “Kupeyny” silhouette sends a clear signal to the people around that the owner of this car is an esthete, does not tolerate mediocrity and is well-off enough to maintain a very cool sportcar. “Indicative” function, the new model, by the way, performs hardly worse than the two-door A5 Coupe – its doors also have frameless glazing.

And now we come very close. What do we see? Two additional doors to the rear row and the presence of a huge lift lid over the trunk “land” the ideology of this car to the elevator like Skoda Octavia. And there is no need to worry about it at all. In Audi, carefully worked on the image, making the body of the new “sportsback” seemingly even more aggressive and wider than the previous model. And if there is a fugitive who giggles over the “plebeian” two-pillar layout, then print it with Panamera. She’s the same.

Super sports car and sports car are compatible

Plus, the functionality of the relatively two-door “a-fifth” version of Sportback gives a huge. The luggage compartment is such that it is fit to trade with any fruit near the road. Has opened – all parade! Even without roulette it is clear that it can carry rather bulky things (snowboards, for example), if you throw back the backs of the rear seats. But to consider this car as a van for summer outings, of course, no preposterous sex is formed, and with the luggage compartment removed, something can not be piled up from above – the low sloping windshield is the stopper of the cargo volume.

Anyone who judges by absolute standards, will call the second row close. Yes, you can not put a foot on your leg, sitting here. But I will not be so categorical. If the passenger’s height does not exceed 175 cm, comfortable enough conditions can be created – in the knees and even above the head (in the ceiling upholstery, wide grooves are not for nothing formed) some centimeters of free space still remain. I myself checked: I rode in the back row for a broken hour and, believe me, did not experience claustrophobia. Backrest of the sofa – with a normal angle of inclination. In the width of the seat – as in a rather big sedan. Provides a comfortable armrest, and in a good configuration will be its own zone of climate control with heated seats of the second row. Although our imaginary “double-consumer” is likely to postulate that at the back of at least not enough USB sockets – surely, two …

Sitting in front just do not find the difference with the A5 Coupe. Native sports chair nicely courting the back and thighs, nowhere with any hills. Before your eyes – a thoughtful front panel before each button. It does not “flow” into the central tunnel, but rises like a plate above it, because of what the interior of the car seems even wider than it really is. All the signs of the bonus status are already there: sensors and the MMI control washer, the on-board display and a solid climate control console … Is it necessary to be even cooler? We pay extra for individual decoration, for the projection on the windshield and the “virtual cockpit” and we get a salon capable of distorting smug smiles on the tanned faces of the owners of laxtery-class cars.

But I again include a client with double requests. Hey there in Ingolstadt – do you hear? Why does the display in the center not hide inside and remain visible when I leave the car? Why is there no niche for a smartphone on the tunnel or in the front panel? And please do so, so that the flow of information that comes from your innovative displays and devices does not jam me.

No, the latter is perhaps superfluous. Dualist, most likely, just like all kinds of duplication of numbers, names, signs and other graphical pointers on the shield, display and projection. Cross out …

Racing illusions for funny money

Unlike the two-door coupe, the A5 Sportback in Russia can be purchased in an affordable version (2.355 million rubles) with a basic finish, that is, without Sport or Design packages. The engine on this modification is a two-liter 190-hp TFSI, but the drive is only front. Not solid …

We look at the Quattro range and see that a similar gasoline engine is offered to us already in the 249-strong version (taxes …) and for a surcharge of almost 400 thousand rubles. I’m not sure that the target audience will consider this a reasonable compromise. Fortunately, there is a very seductive option at a price of less than 2.6 million rubles: the same all-wheel drive plus a diesel 190-horsepower engine. You, probably, like me, can hardly imagine a thoroughbred sports car on diesel, but for Sportback, perhaps this is just what you need.

After a trip on this modification, I vote with two hands for this combination. Eats a little. A characteristic noise does not betray itself at all. And the dynamics of overclocking is so confident and spectacular that an unsuspecting passenger like to drink will think about your car as a completely sports model. Suspension is soft? We order when buying instead of regular 18-inch 19-inch wheels and just for 24000 rubles suspension with more rigorous settings and get the “peppery” habits and the illusion of a racing car. The goal is achieved.

But most of all the idea of ​​”two in one” (and without any compromises) embodies the S5 Sportback. Price, of course, immediately rushes to four million, but the “esque” from birth is equipped richer. Mercantilely take into account the box – instead of seven-speed robot with two clutches on this model put an eight-speed automatic. And this is a plus for the smooth operation of the transmission, and for its reliability (especially if the car is to be operated in the “mirror” metropolis) and to the resale price of the car, because the trust to the hydrotransformer “machines” is much higher than for robots and variators .

Experience that the petrol “six” will make you spend money on gasoline, strike it out right away. Under the hood of the S5 Sportback is the most modern V6 3.0 TFSI, which is much more effective in managing gasoline than its ancestors. With quiet driving – checked – it burns in the city at 10-11, and on the road only 7.5-8 liters per 100 km. This is doubly pleasurable when the traffic situation makes the right pedal to cheer all 333 “horses”, and then to precipitate their impulse with reinforced brakes. I even say: according to my estimates, it is the S5 Sportback – the most affordable and practical way to put the speedometer needle at the mark “100” in less than five seconds. Even when the salon is already sitting four, and the “backing” under the string is packed with supplies for a grand weekend.

Ruslan Tarasov, photo Audi


Technical specifications Audi A5 Sportback Quattro 2.0 TDI

Overall dimensions, mm

473.3 / 184.3 / 138.6

Wheelbase, mm

282.4

The equipped weight, kg

1675

Engine

4-cylinder, turbodiesel, 1968 cu. cm

Power

190 hp / 3800 – 4200 rpm

Torque

400 Nm / 1750 – 3000 rpm

Transmission

7-st., Robot.

type of drive

full

Maximum speed, km / h

235

Acceleration from 0-100 km / h, from

7.4

Fuel capacity, l

58

Audi S5 Sportback Quattro 3.0 TFSI

Overall dimensions, mm

475.2 / 184.3 / 138.4

Wheelbase, mm

282.4

The equipped weight, kg

1690

Engine

V6, with supercharged, 2995 cu. cm

Power

354 hp / 5400 – 6400 rpm

Torque

500 Nm / 1370 – 4500 rpm

Transmission

8-st., Automatic.

type of drive

full

Maximum speed, km / h

250

Acceleration from 0-100 km / h, from

4.7

Fuel capacity, l

58



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