The car handles with precision; it is taut and tidy through the bends with good body control and alert responses.
Ride and Handling
The car handles with precision; it is taut and tidy through the bends with good body control and alert responses. The suspension is quite effective at ironing out the bumps and undulations of a country back-road, and ride quality is more compliant than on the previous model A5 Sportback. It is still on the firm side, though, especially in this up-scale S Line model on 18-inch wheels. The steering has been revised in this latest A5 Sportback, which has a new electro-mechanical system, resulting in an improved, light and more precise feel than earlier versions.
Ease of Use
This is quite a large car, it is 4,712 mm long and 1,854 mm wide. The boot has a capacity of 480 litres, and the rear seats fold flat to stretch that to a maximum cargo room of 980 litres. The five-door hatchback configuration makes it practical and convenient for access and loading. However, it should be noted that in standard form this is a dedicated four-seater model. It becomes a five-seater car when you select a fifth seat from the options list, at a cost of an extra £220 to cover both the seat and a fifth seatbelt.
If towing matters to you, this car has a good capability with a braked towing limit of 1,600 kg.