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Our Fleet Test Drive: Audi A5 Sportback - 3rd Report

Date: 14 January 2011   |   Author: Guy Bird

It's the clean quality of the design and the consistent fit and finish that sets Audi apart from other brands
Category: Sports
P11D price: £29,310
Key rival: BMW 3 Series

Can you think of a duff cabin anywhere within Audi's range at present? Me neither.

The A5 is no exception. Even in SE middle spec it exudes class. You won't find incongruous cheap elements or unseemly gaps between parts here. From an ergonomic point of view, all the centre console controls are grouped with the driver's dials by a hugging dashboard surround, but it is not heavily raked towards the driver so front passengers won't feel left out. The quietly smart, sporty and comfortable standard leather seats raise the tone of the whole cabin (without the need for contrast stitching) and at the back, the hatch is long and wide, fitting large and odd-shaped luggage with ease, not something you can usually say about coupe-shaped cars.

In fact, the only interior downside we've (physically) detected so far is that the low entry height does occasionally catch out passengers both front and back. My tall 7-year old, more recently used to mini-MPV rear space, has already clonked her head getting in. But it's far from a deal breaker. The space is fine once you're in.

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£107/£215
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
PositiveClassic exterior
looks, interior
quality and design
NegativeLow roofline requires
careful entry