Now it’s almost time to get relaxed and talk about an era of facelift, the all-new 2014 Audi A5 Sportback with an added stylish look and stunning performance. But, right from the grille to the tail lamp, at each and every bend, the perfection and trademark qualities are evident, giving us a bang of latest technology. The styling is flawless and handsome with a more practical upshot of the four-door coupe tendency. With more aggressive LED-lined headlights, frameless doors and fancier 19-inch wheels in addition to an “S-Line” kit, the A5 Sportback looks unquestionably ready for business. Interiors have always a fun filled atmosphere, giving you safety, happiness and the leisure of driving experience. Despite being the S-Line version, the Nappa-leathered come with sportier front seats, well-padded and adjustable power seat. But it’s for sure that the power that gives you will not allow you to sit back relaxed. The rear bench can be split-folded to boost the generous boot space.
More comfortable, and more spacious but when it comes to accessibility of the switches and props, the Audi has its own style of representation. The LCD screen comes with a more convenient rotary dial controller that forms the basis of all encompassing “MMI” multimedia system which integrates the navigation, strong CD/MP3 stereo and Bluetooth phone. The stereo and a/c too comes with their own separate controls even though their usage is rather unconventional. Further features included auto up-down power windows, sunroof, smart keyless entry and start, parking sensors with camera, electronic parking brake, HID headlights with LED running lamps, fog lamps, multiple airbags and cruise control. Fancier features such as blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise were missing from our car, although we assume you could option those up if you’re ready to pay for all that.
The 3.0-litre “TFSI” supercharged V6 is the largest motor you can get with the A5 Sportback. It gives you a stunning 268 hp from 4780 rpm till 6500 rpm, with 400 Nm of peak torque from 2150 rpm to 4780 rpm. Mated to an “S-tronic” 7-speed dual-clutch automanual gearbox and “Quattro” all-wheel-drive, it has all the trappings of a fuss-free long-distance cruiser.
We timed our fresh-engined car at 6.5 seconds, while consuming 12 litres/100 km of fuel, both impressive figures, especially considering that this compact car weighs in at a hefty 1790 kg. But don’t be upset there’s also an automatic engine start/stop system to save fuel at traffic lights.
We could feel the easiness in the application of the brake, they are great and fantastic, easy to regulate and strong in occasional hard stops. The steering is nicely weighted, but offers limited uneven feedback. The paddle-shifters are good in manual mode, swift on the trigger, and the transmission’s automatic mode is smart on the go. One the same time, we have experienced a tiny initial hold up in response when moving off from a standstill, but don’t worry just compensation while jumping into the busy road will keep you calm. Happiness is on the other side, as the delay mostly disappears in “dynamic” mode, while the steering gains a bit more weight and the transmission holds gears into the higher rpms, making for a more engaging driving experience.
We obviously have had the experience and the thrill of driving the rings of fire, but it’s our duty to arrive at a proposition where we can have a final judgment of the car. The car itself is a luxury, the stylish car out of the box, and the affordable one that we can expect from the luxury compact segment, and of course more practical buddy. It’s fast, capable and quick. If you are a chap who specifically is of a kind of a free speed driver in all sort of road conditions, then what we recommend is that this is the only an all-wheel car that can give you satisfaction.