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Our Verdict

Audi A5
The Audi A5 is a elegant 3-series sized car, available as a coupe, hatchback or cabriolet

The Audi A5 is a classy coupé, hatchback and cabriolet, but are there talents beneath the pretty bodywork?

What is it?

There’s no doubt about it, the Audi A5 Sportback is a superbly packaged car. Admirers of the Rover 800 fastback or iconic SD1, will see the advantages immediately.

The extra space and fastback-style boot make it ideal for any family with a couple of children, particularly if there’s a dog to be carted around as well.

As icing on the cake, the fit and finish is immaculate throughout, in a way that only Audi seems currently able to achieve. Combine that with the looks that really make you proud to have the keys - or black electronic blob - in your pocket and the Audi dealers shouldn’t have to get out of bed in the morning to sell this car.

What’s it like?

It’s all the more annoying, then, to find that it doesn’t live up to its billing on the road.

The 3.0-litre turbodiesel has plenty of grunt, but is badly paired with the seven-speed DSG auto ‘box: progress through the lower gears is jerky unless you’re absolutely caning it, and the step-off is so slow that scenes from your childhood flash before your eyes when you pull out at busy T-junctions.

Things improve considerably if you swap over into dynamic mode. The drivetrain feels more responsive, the sports differential setting makes the car more agile in tighter corners, and the stiffer ride improves the body control.

Whichever setting you choose, however, you can’t help feeling that the ride is always sub-optimal on British roads.

Should I buy one?

On a 500-mile test drive across the UK, the A5 Sportback proved to be a quick, relaxing and economical long-distance cruiser.

It just needs to bring these smooth, comfortable qualities to its urban behaviour and Audi will have a winner on its hands.

Ed Keohane

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jer

24 September 2009

Problem for BMW and worse for Audi is the average UK urban centres have patchwork uneven roads decimated by bus's and utility "improvements" net effect is roads worse than Bucharest.

24 September 2009

"Price as tested: £44,750"

Wow. Thats A8 money.

24 September 2009

[quote Quattro369]"Price as tested: £44,750"[/quote]

I spotted that too. frightening!

24 September 2009

I can hardly believe it - no Topkat's intricate comment yet!

25 September 2009

Nice looking car, but should be 10k cheaper.

25 September 2009

[quote JackB]

I can hardly believe it - no Topkat's intricate comment yet!

[/quote]

Thanks for the love, looool

25 September 2009

huh... the usual Audi rubbish.

hopefully we have much better, the Focus or the wonderful Fiesta, the best thing after the sun...

viva la vida!

29 September 2009

[quote coolboy]

huh... the usual Audi rubbish.

hopefully we have much better, the Focus or the wonderful Fiesta, the best thing after the sun...

viva la vida!

[/quote]TopKat - is this a relative of yours? LWTLOL

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