The S5 Sportback comes with a
beefier engine. The rear too is distinct with the A5 Sportback having two
exhaust pipes on the left side while the S5 Sportback comes with four tailpipes
(two on either side). Rather than a lot of chrome and aluminium, the S5
Sportback has a lot of matt finish.
Both the cars boast of super
rich interiors with ample seating space, both in the front and in the rear. A
continuous air vent strip and the plunging centre console give the impression
of a floating instrument panel. Just a few buttons and dials are sufficient for
convenient control. When a finger approaches one of the rocker switches, the
function is shown enlarged on the dark LCD display and selected at the push of
The three spoke steering wheel
makes the car a lot sporty from inside. Not to miss is the dashboard with a
dull black charcoal kind of wood finish at the bottom. The S5, on the other
hand, is a bit more brighter with its brushed aluminium finish.
The rear seat back splits 40:20:40. Luggage
space is around 480 litres and with the rear seats folded the space increases
to 1,300 litres. Audi also offers the option of sensor control for opening and
closing the standard-fit electrically powered luggage compartment lid on the
five-door coupé. A proximity sensor in the rear bumper responds to a kick
movement if the optional convenience key is detected.
The new Audi A5 Sportback has
a large, easy-to-read analog speedometer and tachometer as standard. Between
them is the display of the driver information system (DIS).
it was a treat to drive the 1,968 cc four-cylinder TDI diesel engine
powered new Audi A5 Sportback , it was a lot more fun to step on the S5
Sportback powered by a 3 litre V6 TFSI quattro titronic engine. The difference was obvious. While the former develops
190 hp and a peak torque of 400 Nm, the S5 Sportback develops a whopping 354 hp
and a peak torque of 500Nm. Driving the latter on the Dynamic mode was like
flying your jet too low on the ground. All in all, the limited experience we
had with the two cars left us wanting for more. After all, your tryst with
something beautiful does not have to end on your first date. We look forward to
a much longer drive where we can get to know the cars a lot better.