Unveiled: 2010 Audi A5 Sportback

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The 2010 Audi A5 Sportback is officially the newest A5 family member and the 800th vehicle with more than two doors to call itself a coupe ? but we'd rather complain about it not coming here.

Yes, as attractive as the prospect of a sleek Audi hatch is, there's no word yet on it making it to the U.S. The "five-door" coupe, which is as ridiculous to write as it is to read, will come with three gas engines and three turbodiesels. On the gas side, the 3.2-liter V6 tops the line with 276 HP. On the TDI side, Audi's 240 HP 3.0 TDI will carry the flagship status.

For those interested in space, as well as power, the nearly 17 cubic-feet of storage space is on par with the Audi A4 Avant and is accessible with a German-sized hatch.

Press Release:

The Audi A5 Sportback ? the best of three worlds

Audi is presenting a new vehicle concept ? the Audi A5 Sportback. The five-door model with the long, flowing rear end unites the best of various vehicle genres: the emotion and elegance of a coupe, the comfort of a sedan and the practicality of a station wagon. The Sportback joins the Coup? and Cabriolet as the third member of the A5 model family.

The A5 Sportback will be rolling into Audi dealerships in September featuring an emotion-packed design, high everyday practicality, a sporty character and engines that are as efficient as they are powerful. Sales have already begun, with prices starting at 33,650 euros. A further, specially-priced model to follow in 2010 will make the A5 Sportback the entry-level model in the A5 model series.

Audi, the inventor of the Avant, is setting new trends in design with the A5 Sportback. The five-door coupe is defined by elegant lines. It is 36 millimeters (1.42 in) lower than the A4 Sedan; with its short front overhang, long wheelbase, wide track and the four frameless doors with their slender window lines, it is the very picture of sporty elegance.

The interior is spacious, offering uncompromising comfort in all four seats. The large luggage compartment hatch is harmoniously integrated into the long, tapered tail end with the flat C pillars; the spoiler lip underscores the tension-filled character. The luggage compartment volume of 480 liters (16.95 cu ft) nearly matches that of the A4 Avant and increases to 980 liters (34.61 cu ft) with the rear seats folded down.

The A5 Sportback follows the consistent path of innovative technologies at Audi when it comes to the drivetrain. All of the engines are highly-efficient direct injection models ? TDI for the cultivated diesels, FSI for the gasoline engines ? and all comply with the Euro 5 emissions standard.

All models are equipped with a recuperation system that recovers energy during braking and deceleration and stores it temporarily in the battery.

Audi is initially offering three gasoline and three TDI engines, with three more engines to follow by mid-2010. The gasoline engines ? the two-liter TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp) or 155 kW (211 hp) and the 3.2-liter V6 with 195 kW (265 hp) ? are equipped with the Audi valvelift system for variable control of valvelift. The intelligent technology boosts performance while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption.

The 2.0 TDI produces 125 kW (170 hp) and consumes on average a frugal 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km (45.23 US mpg). It is coupled with the start-stop system, which further enhances fuel efficiency in city traffic. The 140 kW (190 hp) 2.7-liter TDI offers even more power. The 3.0 TDI, which also features the S tronic, puts out an impressive 176 kW (240 hp).

Like the three gasoline engines, the top diesel engine delivers its power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The two most powerful engines are optionally available with the newly developed sport differential, which variably distributes power between the rear wheels and provides even greater dynamics, driving pleasure and safety. The two TDI models with front-wheel drive ? the 2.0 TDI and 2.7 TDI ? and the 2.0 TFSI (132 kW / 180 hp) benefit from another Audi innovation: The ESP stabilization program with electronic front differential lock increases agility and prevents understeer.

The perfect complement is the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system, which enables the driver to freely vary the throttle response characteristic, the shifting points of the seven-speed S tronic, and the boost provided by the servotronic steering system, which comes standard (from power outputs of 140 kW (190 hp) upwards). The system is offered as a modular package with at least one of the following three options: sport differential, adaptive shock absorber control or dynamic steering with variable boost.

The equipment, specifications, and prices stated herein refer to the model line offered for sale in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.
At a glance

Engines

* Six engines from 125 kW (170 hp) to 195 kW (265 hp) at launch; three additional engines by the middle of next year
* Direct fuel injection for all engines
* Exceptional performance with exemplary efficience
* All engines with recuperation system
* 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI with start-stop system

Drivetrain

* Depending on the engine: manual, multitronic or seven-speed S tronic
* quattro all-wheel drive in the top models; sport differential for variable distribution of power to the rear wheels as an option from 176 kW (240 hp)

Chassis

* Balanced axle load distribution, lightweight construction suspension
* 17-inch aluminum wheels standard, with options up to 20 inches
* ESP stabilization system with new electronic front differential lock standard on front-wheel drive models
* Optional Audi drive select dynamic control system, adaptive shock absorber control, dynamic steering and sport differential available as options

Body

* Sporty, elegant design with flowing, stretched lines
* Large luggage compartment hatch with two-piece cover
* 480 to 980 liters of luggage space (16.95 to 34.61 cu ft)
* Generously spacious interior with easy entry

Equipment and trim

* Comprehensive and comfortable standard equipment with luxurious options
* State-of-the art assistance systems available as options
* Two powerful MMI navigation systems available

The equipment, specifications, and prices stated herein refer to the model line offered for sale in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.

Pictures:

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You can find more pictures at the source or here.

I quite like it. I liked the A5, I loved the S5, so I was bound to like this (Off-Topic: Can't wait for the RS5). What do you think?
 
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AWH HELL YEAH.
My mom held back from an A5 because it was 2-door.
 

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AWH HELL YEAH.
My mom held back from an A5 because it was 2-door.

Don't get your hopes up just yet, let me quote the Jalopnik article:

The 2010 Audi A5 Sportback is officially the newest A5 family member and the 800th vehicle with more than two doors to call itself a coupe ? but we'd rather complain about it not coming here.

Yes, as attractive as the prospect of a sleek Audi hatch is, there's no word yet on it making it to the U.S. The "five-door" coupe, which is as ridiculous to write as it is to read, will come with three gas engines and three turbodiesels. On the gas side, the 3.2-liter V6 tops the line with 276 HP. On the TDI side, Audi's 240 HP 3.0 TDI will carry the flagship status.

I want it to come stateside, because that means Canada will get it, but we'll have to wait and see.
 

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So the A5 Sportback is actually just an A4?
 

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They look pretty similar to me. The A5 itself is just a 2-door version of the A4. Even if it has a slightly different roof and headlights, a 4-door A5 is pretty much the same as an A4.
 

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They look pretty similar to me. The A5 itself is just a 2-door version of the A4. Even if it has a slightly different roof and headlights, a 4-door A5 is pretty much the same as an A4.

Eh, all Audis look pretty similar.
 

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I first looked at it and said "Hey that's an normal A5!", but then I noticed the doors at the rear. Odd, in that Passat CC way. Although, this might just eat away at A4 sales, it'll be interesting.
 

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I like the A4 ... I like the A5 ... but this is just totally pointless IMO. It doesn?t even look that "coupe-ish" like the Merc CLS or the Passat CC ... that?s just an slightly different A4 ... sold next to the A4. I hope Audi isn?t going down the BMW path thinking everything with their Logo on it will sell no matter how useless ...
 

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That car could render the already useless* A4 even more useless, because it's the same, only prettier.


* It's a 2+3-seater, not a 5-seater anyway.
 

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That car could render the already useless* A4 even more useless, because it's the same, only prettier.


* It's a 2+3-seater, not a 5-seater anyway.

In which way is the A4 useless ? And how will this render it useless, since it probably will have less headroom, less legroom and a smaller boot.

And they look exactly the same. What the fuck Audi ?!? Yes, I can tell the difference but give those two for the Average Joe and he won't see any difference. The only big telling point is the roofline.
 

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The big difference between the A4 and this is at the back. The A4 has a normal, sedan trunk. The hinges are at the end of the roofline. The A5 Sportback's trunk has it's hinges above the rear window. That's because the Sportback's trunk is much bigger, more like a station wagon's.

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In which way is the A4 useless?
As a sedan it's useless because it has no room in the back seats. I already consider the regular A4 to be a "four-door coupe" for that reason.
[the A5 sportback] probably will have less headroom, less legroom and a smaller boot.
Even less room in the back, that's almost impossible. But well, making the impossible possible is what every technology firm likes to do, so...
 

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They look exactly the same to me. Different headlights, so it's basically a facelift.

You need glasses.

Even less room in the back, that's almost impossible. But well, making the impossible possible is what every technology firm likes to do, so...

I'm 185cm tall and the legroom is completely fine unless the driver or front passenger is greedy on leg space. Talking about the A4 obviously.
 
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They look exactly the same to me. Different headlights, so it's basically a facelift.

I get why people would say that when looking at it from the front, but the real difference between the A4 and A5 is in the back. Notice how the A4 has two distinct lines, one for the rear windshield, and one for the trunk. That's pretty typical for sedans. The A5 Sportback has a single line for both, however, because it's a hatchback, not a sedan.

2009 A4 Sedan:

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2010 A5 Sportback:

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I love it. You get much more practicality, don't look as much like a boring businessman in your saloon, and look better than the idiot in his CLS. Can't wait for an S version.
 

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I like it, and would much prefer it over the A4.
 

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I want it to come stateside, because that means Canada will get it, but we'll have to wait and see.


WHAAAAT?! Americans first nerf diesel, then this?
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