Audi A5 Sportback 3.0 TFSI quattro S-tronic Review
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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang and Raymond Lai
7 Aug 2012
 

With the updated A5 range, Audi has replaced the 3.2 FSI Sportback variant with a more potent supercharged 3.0 TFSI. Raymond Lai checks out the new A5 Sportback 3.0 TFSI quattro.

Introduction, styling

Since its launch back in 2008, the A5 range has been a resounding success for Audi, so much so that at one point, it even outsold the A4 models here in Singapore, where two-door coupe and cabriolet models are considered to be a tad impractical and family unfriendly. This impractical aspect of the A5 was somewhat addressed when Audi introduced a third A5 body style at the start of 2010 in the form of a svelte five-door hatchback, the A5 Sportback.

With the A5 Sportback, Audi had taken the recipe for the Mercedes-Benz CLS four-door coupe, shrunken it for a smaller model like the A5 and added fifth door to give the A5 Sportback overtones of estate, coupe and saloon body styles all rolled into one. Needless to say, the Sportback has further contributed to the A5’s success, offering buyers an additional, more stylish and sleek looking choice over the usual junior exec saloon posse like the A4, BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

 

With the recently updated A5 range, Audi has further widened the Sportback’s appeal by introducing new engine variants in the form of a new base model 1.8 TFSI as well as a new supercharged 3.0 TFSI quattro, with the latter replacing the naturally aspirated 3.2 FSI to supplement the popular 2.0 TFSI quattro variant.

Like the recently updated A4 range, the changes to the A5 Sportback’s exterior are more obvious up front where the new model gets the latest iteration of Audi’s single-frame grille with beveled edges at the top corners, new headlamps with a distinctive ‘paper clip’ pattern for its LED daytime running lights, deeper air intakes on the front bumper and so on. The changes to the Sportback’s nose certainly do give it a more contemporary feel and more in line with newer Audi models like the A6 and A1 among others. The rear features new LED tail lamps that are more similar to the A5’s bigger saloon brethren’s like the A6 and a new bumper.

To distinguish the 3.0 TFSI quattro from the lesser A5 Sportback models, it has been adorned with a S-line aero kit as well as gorgeous looking 19-inch 5-segment spoke alloy wheels that convincingly fill up the wheel arches. The enhancements do give the A5 Sportback a more purposeful stance over lesser models, albeit not as sporty or aggressive looking as the S5 variant.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2995cc
Engine Type V 6
Power 272bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 400Nm @ 1800rpm
Power to Weight 148.6 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 5.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed S-tronic
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4712 x 2020 x 1391) mm
Wheelbase 2810 mm
Kerb Weight 1830 kg

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs