The rather long wheelbase (2.81 meters, 9.22 ft) for
its (D) segment classification, is compensated for by the short overhangs,
keeping the total length within the European upper medium range.
The wide tracks (1.59 meters, 5.22 ft. up front and
1.58 meters 5.18 ft. at the rear) put the A5 Sportback more squarely on
the road, with a good drag coefficient of 0.29 for the four-cylinder A5
Large 17-inch wheels are standard with optional sizes
up to 20 inches.
Steel is used in the side sills, the longitudinal
members, the centre console, the B-pillars and the front cross members,
while the front fenders are made of aluminium to reduce weight.
Audi says that in case of a frontal collision, a sensor
reports the seating position to the control unit so that it can adaptively
trigger the belts and airbags, to enhance protection for passengers large
and small in all types of collisions.
In lateral accidents, protection is provided by front
side airbags and large-volume head airbag system. The integral, specially
developed front headrest system are designed to let the headrests securely
support the head early in the crash process and help reduce the risk of
The long wheelbase provides a spacious interior,
especially for a four-seats passenger car, with better leg and shoulder
room than the A5 Coupé, since the Sportback's dimensions are only few
millimetres short of those of the A4 Sedan.
Sport seats with
large side bolsters and extendable thigh rests.
A clear coupe hint comes from the four frameless side
windows, in addition to the four-seater design.
Compared to the A4, the rear seats are mounted slightly
lower and somewhat farther forward, with a standard armrest. Two
additional cup holders are available as options.
The front seats are sportily low. Options include sport
seats with large side bolsters, extendable thigh rests (opposite picture)
and a four-way power-adjustable lumbar support in addition to fully
power-adjustable seats with an optional memory function.
Lower rear seats
with generous space and coupe-like windows.
Other interior options include a sliding centre armrest
with a storage compartment and power outlets, a storage package with
additional nets and compartments under the front seats and
climate-controlled comfort seats containing small fans with an automatic
heating function to prevent sweating as well as cold discomfort.
The seat covering selections range from the standard
Arcade cloth to a combination of leather and Alcantara to fine Valcona
leather options. Colours include black, pale grey, lunar silver, cinnamon
and cardamom beige in a various combinations.
chrome around instruments and indicators.
The headlining is available in black, star silver and
linen beige, while the carpet in black, quartz grey and coriander beige.
Inlays come standard in Micrometallic platinum while options offer
aluminium and three types of wood – dark burl walnut, light ash and
medium-brown laurel from Chile.
For the driver, teardrop-shaped chrome frames surround
the two large instruments and secondary indicators, with standard,
high-mounted, central onboard monitor and a three-spoke leather sports
inclined toward the driver, with MMI menu, large buttons
and central control knob on the middle tunnel.
The centre console (opposite) is inclined toward the
driver, with the MMI menu system, large buttons and a central control knob
on the middle tunnel. It also includes a small button to activate the
electromechanical parking brake and the control button for the starting
In the boot / trunk, a long hatch with an electrically
actuated lock opens to provide access to the luggage compartment with
plane walls lined with fine materials in the same colour as the interior
appointments. The pass-through width measures one metere (39.37 in), and
the low loading lip is protected by a strip of stainless steel.
The luggage compartment has a volume of 480 litres
(16.95 sq ft), which can be extended, by folding down the rear seat backs,
to 980 litres (34.61 sq ft).
Practical details include standard hooks for hanging up
shopping bags and lugs for securing larger loads under a cover which is
divided into two parts. The shorter part latches laterally into the
mountings integrated into the luggage compartment lining while the longer
latches to the hatch. When the latter is opened, the cover moves upward
with it and fits precisely with the shorter part when the hatch is closed.
compartment of 480 litres can be extended to 980 litres.
The luggage compartment package includes a 12V outlet,
a storage net, a tie strap, additional bag hooks and a luggage net.
Optional accessories include a load-through hatch between the rear seat
backs that also includes an integrated removable bag for skis and
snowboards. An optional reversible mat is intended for the transport of
soiled objects – one side is made of velour, the other is rubberized.
With the optional removable trailer hitch, the A5
Sportback can pull loads up to 2.1 tons (braked, eight percent gradient).
Other available accessories include roof, ski and luggage boxes as well as
bike and kayak racks.