Audi A5 Sportback shows its new face

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The final members of the new Audi A5 family, the A5 and S5 Sportback, have been revealed today ahead of their public debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

The new A5 model range finally replaces the long-serving first-generation model, which first debuted in coupé form back in 2007. The Sportback and cabriolet models both started production in 2009.

As expected, the new A5 Sportback is a straightforward evolution of the original model, and echoes the new look of its sister coupé and cabriolet models which arrive in the UK at the end of this year. The new A5 and S5 Sportback models will be available to order from mid-October, with first vehicles likely to arrive in the UK in early 2017.

More space, less weight

The new A5 range shares its platform and technology with the rest of the new Audi A4 range already on sale. Front occupants will find the layout and space almost identical to the new A5 coupé, but rear passengers will appreciate the extra room. Cabin space is also improved over the previous A5 Sportback model. Boot space continues at 480 litres, but the rear seat can now split 40:20:40 instead of the previous model’s more traditional 60:40 split. Despite the increased size, Audi claims weight has been reduced by as much as 85kg on some models.

Like the new A4 saloon and estate, the A5 will be available with Audi’s acclaimed Virtual Cockpit, where a 12-inch screen replaces traditional analogue gauges. It will also get the latest MMI infotainment system, which will offer compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software.

Like the rest of the Audi range, the A5 Sportback will feature a range of standard and optional driver assistance systems, but exact UK specifications have yet to be announced.

Familiar drivetrains but plenty of performance

Performance will be provided by a range of petrol and diesel engines shared with the A4 and other Audi models, driving through various manual and automatic gearboxes. Audi’s latest-generation quattro all-wheel-drive system will be available on selected A5 Sportback models as well as the S5 Sportback.

The range-topping S5 will be powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol engine generating 354hp and 500Nm, which Audi claims will allow it to go from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds.

UK pricing and specification is yet to be announced, but with orders opening in a matter of weeks, we will have all the details here at The Car Expert very soon.

Stuart Masson

Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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