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Our Fleet Test Drive: Audi A5 Sportback - 9th Report

Date: 16 May 2011   |   Author: Guy Bird

Category: Sports
P11D price: £29,310
Key rival: BMW 3 Series

A few recent minor scuffs to bigger or prouder (in every sense) alloys of a couple of test cars have made me appreciate the relatively modest 17-inch '7-arm' alloys on my long-term A5 and their 'tucked-in' nature in relation to the Pirelli tyres that surround them.

Too many modern alloys trade shiny looks for practicality - especially when they encounter uneven and high-sided London side streets via tight parallel parking - but these ones still look Smart and in keeping within their wheel arches despite wheels of up to 20 inches on offer in the Audi catalogue. For practicality and a decent ride I'm happy rolling on 17s.

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,
3D satnav
NegativeLow roofline, incomplete
nav functionality