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Our Fleet Test Drive: Audi A5 Sportback - 10th Report

Date: 26 May 2011   |   Author: Guy Bird

The steering wheel-mounted paddleshifts are now finding themselves employed more and more
Category: Sports
P11D price: £29,310
Key rival: BMW 3 Series

I've found a small silver lining in the cloud the Multitronic gearbox, with its weaker economy and emission downsides, casts over an otherwise fantastic car.

I'd mentally noted the steering wheel-mounted paddleshifts at the start of this long-term test but thought them a bit pointless when teamed up with such a steady rather than sporty engine. They were barely touched for the first few months. But lately, after carrying some fragile and hard-to-secure long loads with the rear seats folded flat, I started to reach for the paddles to change down a gear earlier than the automatic would do normally in order to better control the car's balance (and thus its contents) before certain tight corners. The 'plus' right paddle and 'minus' left paddle worked a treat and I've been finding myself using them more since. Attached to a relatively medium-powered engine and CVT 'box, they'll never give the illusion of a really sporting drive but they can be helpful to gain a little more engine braking and vehicle control in some situations.

Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI SE Multitronic 143hp
Claimed combined
Our average
P11D price£29,310
Model price range£25,455-£38,725
CO2 (tax) 152g/km/22%
BIK 20/40%
per month
Service interval up to 19,000mls/2yrs
Insurancegroup 22E
Boot space (min/max)480/980 litres
Engine size/power1968cc/143hp
Top speed/0-62mph127mph/9.7secs
Why we’re running itTo see if the A5 really
can combine practicality
with style in everyday living
PositiveExterior looks,
interior quality,
NegativeThirsty auto, satnav