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Audi A5 Sportback: prices and equipment (6/7 >)

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Continued - Rather than targeting it as a niche model, Audi says that it expects to sell the A5 Sportback in more "solid volumes", especially that the 2.0 TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp) starts from 33,650 euros, before the 1.8 TFSI follows in 2010 as the new entry-level model of the A5 family at a more affordable price.

Of course, "solid volume" is meant here in the sense that can be used by a luxury brand like Audi, not the one that can be understood from a generalist brand such as Volkswagen, Ford or Renault for instance.

Audi A5 Sportback: front-side, driving shot.

Looks and dynamics of a coupé, with a 5-door, 4-passenger body.

In Germany, the Audi A5 Sportback petrol (gasoline) versions will be launched at 33,650 euros for the 2.0 TFSI (132 kW / 180 hp) with 6-speed manual transmission, 42,150 euros for the 2.0 TFSI (155 kW / 211 hp) quattro with 7-speed S tronic and 47,000 euros for the 3.2 FSI quattro with S tronic.

The diesel models will be launched at 36,050 euros for the 2.0 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission, 39,300 euros for the 2.7 TDI with 6-speed manual transmission  and 47,950 euros for the 3.0 TDI quattro with 7-speed S tronic.

 Equipment

The base version of the A5 Sportback comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a tire pressure monitoring display, fold-down rear seat backs, an automatic air conditioning system, a leather sport steering wheel and the chorus audio system including a CD player and eight speakers.

Audi A5 Sportback: steering wheel with console and partial door view.

Elegantly designed, with many options for customization.

Other standard equipments include an electromechanical parking brake, six airbags, belt tensioners and force limiters, Isofix child seat preparation, the recuperation system for the recovery of braking energy, fog lights, heated and power-adjustable exterior mirrors, four power windows and an intelligent ignition key that automatically stores service-relevant data.

The 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI with manual transmission come with the start-stop system and a driver information system with efficiency program. It includes a gear-change indicator similar to the one found in the other versions with manual transmissions.

An electronic differential lock is integrated into the ESP stabilization programs in front-wheel drive versions to enhance dynamics and traction.

Models having engines producing at least 140 kW (190 hp) come standard with the servotronic steering which automatically adapts steering boost to the driving speed, and xenon plus headlights combined with LEDs for the daytime running lights and the tail lights.

 Options

The list of available options includes adaptive light that supplements the xenon plus headlights with dynamic cornering lights, a high-beam assistant which automatically switches between the low and the high beam depending on oncoming traffic, a convenience key which can now stay in the jacket pocket with the doors opened by radio and the car started by pushing a button, the starting assist function with additional functions to the electromechanically parking brake, and an automatic air conditioning regulating the temperature in three separate interior zones.

Other options include side airbags in the back, a light and rain sensor, an interior lighting package with discreet lamps, an auxiliary heating system and an alarm system, the Audi drive select system, the sport differential for the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system (for the two most powerful V6s), the sport suspension with damper control, and two conventional sport suspensions. Wheels are available in 17, 18, 19 and 20 inch sizes.

 Radar and camera

Optional assistance systems offer the adaptive cruise control with the integrated Audi braking guard, using radar technology to maintain the distance to the car in front. The integrated Audi braking guard provides the driver with advance warning of an impending collision and assists with braking.

Audi's optional side assist also uses radar to make lane changes safer. It uses a camera to help the driver stay in the lane.

The Audi advanced parking system uses the rear-view camera to display the area behind the car on the onboard monitor.

 Multimedia

On the multimedia side, options offer a system of modules.

Audi A5 Sportback: console view.

Three multimedia modules with expansion possibilities.

The first multimedia module comes with the concert radio, CD and memory card readers for music files, an AUX-in port for connecting an MP3 player, a 6.5-inch colour monitor and eight speakers. The symphony radio adds a six-disc CD changer.

Right above, the MMI navigation reads data from a DVD, includes a colour display, a slot for memory cards and voice control. It can be upgraded to include a digital radio receiver, a CD changer, a high-performance Bluetooth link for cell phones and an interface for the full integration of an iPod. A centre-mounted colour display in the instrument panel is also available here.

The top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus brings a high-resolution, seven-inch colour monitor which presents the map in either a conventional or a topographic view; city models and points of interest are shown in 3D. A 40 GB hard drive stores the map data, the music files and the user’s contacts. The voice input system recognizes whole words. The radio module features a multiple tuner, and there is a player for audio and video DVDs that can be controlled via a special joystick function for the MMI control unit.

A number of expansion modules are also available for the MMI navigation plus, such as an analogue/digital TV tuner. The luxury sound system from Bang & Olufsen features a 505 watt 10-channel amplifier powering 14 high-performance speakers.

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

Sporty front seats (S Line).

Another high-end option is the Bluetooth car telephone. It uses a radio link to copy the card data from the user’s mobile phone if the phone is compatible with the SIM Access Profile standard.

 S line package

For 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 aluminium and colour-coordinated floor mats, S line badges on 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 available as an alternative or in addition to the sport package. It offers unique bumpers and distinctive features on the side air intakes, on the diffuser and on the tailpipes. Side sill trims painted in the body colour and S line badges on the door sill trims and the front fenders round out the program.

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