So the theory goes, saloons look and feel more upmarket than hatches. I don’t buy that. And I certainly don’t buy it when it comes to the Audi A5, available in five-door Sportback form, three-door coupé and cabriolet form.
It’s considerably more glamorous than the A4 saloon and not just for its relative rarity. It’s sleeker, prettier and more muscular than the four-door. The 2017 Audi A5 takes a meaner, more aggressive stance than before, which has impressed us thus far.
As for the second generation S5, available in all three bodystyles, it is a no-nonsense fast mid-size Audi set to take the battle to the BMW 440i and the Mercedes-AMG C43, while leaving the grand battle for the AMG C63, BMW M4 and the Audi RS5 - although there are no definites one is on the horizon. Under the bonnet is an all-new 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged engine producing 349bhp putting in the same ballpark as its closest rivals.
A supercharged six is an esoteric engine in this type of car but it’s easily one of the best things about the S5, especially when paired to the DSG ’box.
As for trim levels the S5 is certainly well equipped with an aggressive bodykit and Audi Sport tweaks differentiating it from a normal Audi A5. The second generation S5 gets 19in alloy wheels, sporty suspension, an enhanced braking system, an aggressive bodykit and adaptive headlights on the outside, while inside there is an Audi MMI infotainment system with an 8.3in display, sat nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio and a 10GB hard drive.