What is it?
Here’s a good reason to put the Audi A5 Sportback on your buying list – a fifth seatbelt. This £220 option, which makes the cabin into a family-friendly 2+3-seater, turns the stylish Sportback into a practical, alternative-looking sports hatch, if you feel the need to squeeze in an extra child or teen passenger.
Significant numbers do, Audi says, adding that the four-seat cabin standard on the original Sportback gave too many people a reason not to buy. As a result, it predicts improved Sportback sales at roughly similar levels to the two-door A5.
What’s it like?
There are other significant reasons to like this facelifted and revised Sportback, notably a more compliant ride, even in hard core S Line spec, and better fuel economy/emissions, which reduce running costs.
Specifically, the rear axle features revised bushings while the dynamic setting in the optional £220 Drive Select adjustable suspension features revised damper and steering tune. It retains responsive steering, snappy throttle response and good body control, yet allows the suspension to breath over bumps; the effect possibly boosted by the optional 18inch Dunlop winter tyres fitted to our test car.
Also new is a Drive Select efficiency setting, the fifth in the menu, which dulls throttle response to improve fuel economy, and ensures the A5 stays in touch with the new BMW 3-Series, which offers a similar dashboard-selectable economy program.