airs of a coupé, a sedan and a station wagon.
24 August 2009 - Available in Europe from next
month, the new five-door Audi A5 Sportback will join the A5 premium
midsize range (D segment, upper medium, like the A4 sister model), after
the A5 Coupe and the A5 Cabriolet (or convertible).
While prices (Germany) start from 33,650 euros for the
2.0 TFSI (132 kW / 177 bhp / 180 hp), Audi says that a further 1.8-litre
entry-level model will follow next year at a lower price, making the
Sportback the entry model in the A5 model series.
Instead of a classical 4-door sedan which would overlap
with the A4 sister, a 5-door hatchback or a regular station wagon (like
the Audi Avant family), the A5 Sportback tries to combine several virtues
of each of these body styles, in an original "cocktail" for four
passengers sitting on an generous
wheelbase (for the segment) of 2.81 meters (9.2 ft).
The sporting expression of the A5 Sportback identity
comes first from having its body
36 millimetres (1.42 in) lower than the A4 sedan's (its structural
brother), with a short front
overhang, long wheelbase, wide track, four frameless doors and a
The tailgate covers a luggage
compartment volume of 480 litres (16.95 cu ft), extending up to 980
litres (34.61 cu ft) with the rear seats folded down. More details about
the body, dimensions, interior and boot (trunk) at: A5
Sportback body and interior.
At launch, the A5 Sportback is available with three
gasoline (petrol) and three diesel engines, with three other
variations to follow by the middle of next year (details in the Audi
A5 Sportback engines page). All of the engines adopt direct
injection technology, TDI for the diesels, FSI for the gasoline ones,
and all come also with a recuperation
system to recover energy during braking and deceleration and store it
temporarily in the battery and comply with the Euro 5 emissions standard.
The gasoline TFSI engines are equipped with the Audi
valvelift system (AVS) for variable control of valve lift, to enhance
performance and reduce fuel consumption. They come in two-litre
capacity (4 cylinders) with a maximum output of 132 kW (177 bhp, 180 hp)
or 155 kW (208 bhp, 211 hp) or in a 3.2-litre
V6 with a maximum output of 195 kW (261 bhp, 265 hp).
On the diesel side, the 2.0
TDI produces 125 kW (168 bhp, 170 hp) and consumes on average 5.2
litres of fuel per 100 km (45.23 US mpg, 54.29 imperial mpg). It is
coupled with the start-stop system
to further enhance fuel efficiency in city traffic.
TDI offers more power, with 140 kW (188 bhp, 190 hp), while the 3.0
TDI which also features the S tronic, tops the initial diesel power
with 176 kW (236 bhp, 240 hp).
drive quattro versions will be available as an alternative to the
front-wheel drive ones (depending on versions).
The two most powerful engines are optionally available
with a newly developed sport
differential, which variably distributes power between the rear
wheels. More details about the transmissions and the drive systems at: A5
Sportback drive and transmission.
The two TDI models with front-wheel drive – the 2.0
TDI and 2.7 TDI – and the 2.0 TFSI (132 kW / 180 hp) get Audi's ESP
stabilization program with electronic front differential lock to
enhance agility and help prevent understeer.
drive select system enables the driver to vary the throttle response
characteristic, the shifting points of the seven-speed S tronic, and the
boost provided by the servotronic steering system, which comes standard
(from power outputs of 140 kW, 190 hp upwards). The system is offered as a
modular package with at least one of the following three options: sport
shock absorber control or dynamic
steering with variable boost.