2013 Audi A5 Sportback.
Its appearance alone makes the Audi A5 Sportback an Audi masterpiece, with its flowing silhouette, the sharp lines and the muscular surfaces making a powerful statement. The product refresh includes new and distinctive accents for the elegant five-door.
Design and interior.
The new headlights resemble a wedge. The LED daytime running lights of the optional xenon plus headlights constitute a narrow brace; Audi offers its adaptive light system as an option. The tail lights have also been modified. The body impresses with high rigidity, outstanding crash safety, refined vibrational comfort and low weight.
New materials and colors make the interior of the A5 Sportback even more elegant than ever, and the controls have become even more intuitive. Optional sport seats or deluxe climate-controlled seats with active ventilation are available for the driver and front passenger, and there is a choice of three seats for the back. The luggage compartment under the long hatch holds between 480 and 1,283 liters (16.95 and 45.31 cu ft).
All engines in the Audi A5 Sportback feature forced induction and direct injection, and all come standard with the start-stop system. The lineup comprises three gasoline engines and five TDI units. Their fuel consumption has been reduced by as much as 18 percent, yet performance has increased in many cases.
Even the entry-level engine, the 1.8 TFSI, produces 125 kW (170 hp). The high-efficiency four-cylinder is a high-tech engine. Topping the engine lineup is the 3.0 TDI, a supercharged V6 with 200 kW (272 hp). The TDI units also offer impressive efficiency.
• 1.8 TFSI with 125 kW (170 PS)
• 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 155 kW (211 hp)
• 3.0 TFSI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp)
• 2.0 TDI with 105 kW (143 hp)
• 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 130 kW (177 hp)
• 3.0 TDI with 150 kW (204 hp)
• 3.0 TDI quattro with 180 kW (245 hp)
• 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro with 180 kW (245 hp)
Audi offers the ideal power transmission for each engine – the six-speed manual, the continuously variable multitronic, and the seven-speed S tronic. quattro permanent all-wheel drive is available either as standard or as an option with the four most powerful engines and the 2.0 TDI with 130 kW (177 hp). Torque vectoring makes handling even more precise. The 3.0 TDI quattro and the 3.0 TFSI quattro can be equipped additionally with the sport differential.
The five-link front suspension and the trapezoidal-link rear suspension of the A5 Sportback consist largely of aluminum. The arrangement of the rear trailing arms and the shock-absorber tuning have been revised. Not only the precision but also the ease of handling are better than ever.
The new electromechanical power steering contributes to the car’s overall efficiency by reducing fuel consumption by as much as 0.3 l/100 km. All front-wheel-drive versions of the A5 feature electronic stabilization control (ESC) with electronic limited slip differential.
The optional Audi drive select system with its selectable characteristics makes the driving experience even more attractive. Besides the power steering, engine management and automatic air conditioning system, it optionally integrates the sport differential, dynamic steering and chassis with damper control modules.
Equipment and trim.
The driver information system with rest recommendation is standard in the A5 Sportback. It detects if the driver is getting tired and issues an appropriate warning. Options include Audi side assist and the updated modules Audi active lane assist and adaptive cruise control. The latter uses radar to keep the five-door model at a constant interval to the vehicle ahead. If the threat of a rear-end collision becomes imminent at speeds below 30 km/h (18.64 mph), this system will perform a full brake application.
The infotainment systems in the A5 Sportback have also been significantly upgraded. The optional top unit is the MMI navigation plus, which can be combined with the Bluetooth car phone online. Under the name Audi connect, the latter delivers attractive online services to the car and connects up to eight of the passengers’ mobile devices to the Internet via WLAN.
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