Audi A5 Sportback 3.2 FSI quattro S Tronic Review
Sexy Back

Story and Photos by Raymond Lai
30 May 2010

We've already known that the A5 Sportback offers the style of a coupe but yet has the practicality of an estate car. We need to find out though, if the 3.2 V6 variant is it worth paying the additional $25k or so over the 2.0 TFSI base model.

Style machine

For many, the TT is the very essence of Audi's style but there is another Ingolstadt model way before the TT that showcased the brand's style. The model I'm talking about here is the 1970 100 Coupe S.

With its flowing lines and sloping fastback rear, the 100 Coupe S is a definite Audi style icon. Audi recently revived the spirit of the 100 Coupe S' styling with the A5 Sportback. The latter has a fastback rear with a profile and silhouette akin to the 100 Coupe S'. Based on the sexy A5 coupe, the A5 Sportback offers the looks of a coupe, practicality of a saloon and the versatility of an estate car, a sort of three-in-one concept according to Audi.

Despite its part coupe, part fastback styling, the A5 Sportback looks every bit as good as the pretty A5 coupe. It looks muscular and purposeful at the front thanks to its wide stance and flowing curves. The steeply raked windscreen flows into the sloping roof line which in turn continues on to the sloping fastback rear. The upward kink on the rear three quarter windows and the short rear deck look are especially inspired by the 100 Coupe S. From any angle, the A5 Sportback looks nothing short of pretty - it's no wonder that the A5 Sportback has won so many design awards in its native Germany.

We first drove the A5 Sportback back in January in base 2.0 TFSI form but for those who want their A5 Sportbacks with a six-cylinder engine, there's the 3.2 FSI quattro variant driven here. As its moniker suggests, the range topping A5 Sportback (not counting in the recently introduced S5 variant) is powered by a 3.2-litre V6 motor. The 3197cc unit is shared with both the A4 and Q5.

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Engine Capacity 3197cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 6
Power 265bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 330Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 153.6 bhp per ton


Acceleration 6.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type F4


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4711 x 1854 x 1391) mm
Wheelbase 2810 mm
Kerb Weight 1725 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs