Audi is presenting a new vehicle concept – the Audi A5 Sportback. The five-door model with the long, flowing rear end unites the best of various vehicle genres: the emotion and elegance of a coupe, the comfort of a sedan and the practicality of a station wagon. The Sportback joins the Coupé and Cabriolet as the third member of the A5 model family.
Sales have already begun, with prices starting at 33,650 euros. A further, specially-priced model to follow in 2010 will make the Audi A5 Sportback the entry-level model in the A5 model series.
The interior is spacious, offering uncompromising comfort in all four seats. The large luggage compartment hatch is harmoniously integrated into the long, tapered tail end with the flat C pillars; the spoiler lip underscores the tension-filled character. The luggage compartment volume of 480 liters (16.95 cu ft) nearly matches that of the A4 Avant and increases to 980 liters (34.61 cu ft) with the rear seats folded down.
The Audi A5 Sportback follows the consistent path of innovative technologies at Audi when it comes to the drivetrain. All of the engines are highly-efficient direct injection models – TDI for the cultivated diesels, FSI for the gasoline engines – and all comply with the Euro 5 emissions standard. All models are equipped with a recuperation system that recovers energy during braking and deceleration and stores it temporarily in the battery.
Audi is initially offering three gasoline and three TDI engines, with three more engines to follow by mid-2010. The gasoline engines – the two-liter TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp) or 155 kW (211 hp) and the 3.2-liter V6 with 195 kW (265 hp) – are equipped with the Audi valvelift system for variable control of valvelift. The intelligent technology boosts performance while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption. The gasoline-powered models are equipped with the innovative, seven-speed S tronic transmission for lightning-fast gear changes.
The 2.0 TDI produces 125 kW (170 hp) and consumes on average a frugal 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km (45.23 US mpg). It is coupled with the start-stop system, which further enhances fuel efficiency in city traffic. The 140 kW (190 hp) 2.7-liter TDI offers even more power. The 3.0 TDI, which also features the S tronic, puts out an impressive 176 kW (240 hp).
The two-piece tail lights taper inward; if equipped with xenon plus headlights, LEDs form a distinctive ring-like light pattern. The third brake light is integrated into the vehicle contour as a narrow strip on the upper edge of the rear window. 24 individual light-emitting diodes produce a homogenous light here rather than point lights. With this new technology, Audi once again underscores its leading role in the world of LED technology.
A5 Sportback buyers can choose from a palette of 15 paint colors. The solid colors are called Ibis White, Brilliant Black and Brilliant Red. The effect finishes go by the names Ice Silver, Amethyst Gray, Dakar Beige, Sphere Blue, Condor Gray, Aruba Blue, Lava Gray, Phantom Black, Garnet Red, Deep Green, Deep Sea Blue and Meteor Gray.
Audi A5 Sportback: Exterior dimensions
Length 4,711 mm (15.45 ft)
Width 1,854 mm (6.07 ft)
Height 1,391 mm (4.56 ft)
Wheelbase 2,810 mm (9.22 ft)
Track, front 1,590 mm (5.22 ft)
Track, rear 1,575 mm (5.18 ft)
Thanks to its long wheelbase, the Audi A5 Sportback has a spacious interior in which passengers sitting in all four seats will enjoy plenty of room. The A5 Sportback offers much better leg and shoulder room than the A5 Coupé, its dimensions being only few millimeters short of those of the A4 Sedan.
Recuperation: energy recovery standard
Audi uses its new technologies from the modular efficiency platform in the A5 Sportback. All models are equipped with a recuperation system that makes use of the kinetic energy during deceleration. During the coasting and braking phase, the alternator can convert the kinetic energy into electrical energy that is stored temporarily in the battery.
When the five-door coupe accelerates again, the battery feeds the energy back. This improves fuel efficiency by reducing the load on the alternator, which is driven by the engine. Furthermore, all models with a manual transmission are equipped with a gear-change indicator that recommends a gear to the driver for optimal efficiency.
The Audi A5 Sportback in combination with the either of the two 2.0-liter engines and a manual transmission comes standard with the new start-stop system from Audi. When it comes to a stop at a traffic light or an intersection, the shift lever is in neutral and the driver’s foot has been taken off the clutch, the system’s control unit shuts down the engine.
On a hill or a downgrade, the brake system maintains the brake pressure unless the slope is greater than 10 percent. A powerful starter restarts the engine quickly and conveniently as soon as the driver fully depresses the clutch. While the driver puts the vehicle in gear, the engine speeds up; by the time the driver releases the clutch, it has reached idle speed.
Even more dynamic: the new sport differential
The dynamics of the Audi A5 Sportback with quattro drive can be further enhanced by an optional technology – the new sport differential available for the 3.0 TDI quattro and the 3.2 FSI quattro.
The sport differential distributes the drive power in continuously variable proportions between the rear wheels. When steering into or accelerating in a curve, the majority of the torque is sent to the outside wheel, literally pushing the car into the curve. The sport differential nips any tendency toward oversteer or understeer in the bud. With a short reaction time of under 100 milliseconds, it is even faster than the ESP stabilization program; it reacts just as effectively while coasting as it does under load.
Dynamic look: the S line packages
Audi has put together two S line packages for customers with particularly sporty tastes. The S line sport package combines a tauter suspension setup and lowered body with larger wheels. Interior extras include sport seats covered in cloth and leather, a special leather sport steering wheel, a leather shift lever knob, inlays in brushed aluminum and color-coordinated floor mats. S line badges adorn the fenders, the door sill trims and many interior parts. The special exterior finishes Monza Silver and Misano Red are also available through the S line sport package.
The S line exterior package is also available from Audi as an alternative or in addition to the sport package. Its most important elements are unique bumpers and distinctive features on the side air intakes, on the diffuser and on the tailpipes. Side sill trims painted in the body color and S line badges on the door sill trims and the front fenders round out the program.
Audi A5 Sportback: the prices at launch (Germany)
2.0 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission 36,050 euros
2.7 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission 39,300 euros
3.0 TDI quattro with 7-speed S tronic 47,950 euros
2.0 TFSI (132 kW / 180 hp)
with 6-speed manual transmission 33,650 euros
2.0 TFSI (155 kW / 211 hp) quattro
with 7-speed S tronic 42,150 euros
3.2 FSI quattro with S tronic 47,000 euros