First pictures: Audi A5 Sportback
16 July 2009
Audi has taken the search for new niches to an extreme by creating its own one with the new A5 Sportback.
Joining the A4 saloon and Avant, and the A5 coupe and cabriolet, the Sportback is supposed to combine the emotion and elegance of a coupe, comfort of a saloon and practicality of an estate, according to the manufacturer.
Arriving in the UK in October, the four-seat A5 Sportback is the entry model of the range, coming in at £975 below the coupe for 2.0 petrol and diesel four cylinder models and £660 below for the larger-engined six-cylinder 3.0 diesel and 3.2 petrol versions.
The entry point for the A5 Sportback, being launched only in SE trim, is £27,140 for the 2.0 TDI diesel with a power figure of 170PS and emissions of just 137g/km. The car will be equipped with Audi's stop-start system that's being rolled out across the range.
The Sportback is 36mm lower than an A4 saloon, and the boot space is only 10 litres behind the A4 Avant estate model's 490 litres with the rear seats in place. With them folded it extends to 980 litres, compared to the Avant's 1430.
Other engines, including an entry-level petrol unit and a 2.7-litre diesel should be added in 2010.