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Audi A5 Sportback: body, interior and flexibility (3/7 >)

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Continued - Dimensionally, the five-door A5 Sportback body is 4.71 meters (15.45 ft) long, 1.85 meters (6.07 ft) wide and 1.39 meters (4.56 ft) high, making it 36 millimetres (1.42 in) shorter than the A4 sedan.

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 Sportback models.

Audi A5 Sportback: front seats, side view (S line in photo).

The front seats are sportily low (S Line seats in picture).

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.

Audi A5 Sportback: front seats, with bi-colour interior.

The long wheelbase provides a spacious interior.

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 whiplash.

 Interior

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.

Audi A5 Sportback: steering wheel and console picture.

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.

Audi A5 Sportback: rear seats.

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.

Audi A5 Sportback: S line steering wheel.

Teardrop-shaped 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 steering wheel.

Audi A5 Sportback:colour monitor, console and middle tunnel photo.

Centre console: 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 assist function.

 Boot / trunk

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.

Audi A5 Sportback: boot / trunk with virtual luggage.

Audi A5 Sportback: empty boot / trunk.

The luggage 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.

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