Audi A5 Sportback: Now in Malaysia at just RM338,878

Meet the all new Audi A5 Sportback – a 2.0 TFSI with a Quattro drivetrain (this means four-wheel drive) and fully imported.

The 2.0 TFSI with 252hp and 370Nm of torque is available between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm.

With quattro all-wheel drive, it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

Its nearest rival is the 2.0L BMW 630i GT which is locally assembled at RM450,000. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine delivers a maximum output of 258hp and peak torque of 400Nm. The car has a top speed of 250km/h while optimising fuel economy. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds.

Exterior design

4,733 mm (186.3 in) in length, a 2,824 mm wheelbase, 1,843 mm wide and 1,386 mm high – the new Audi A5 Sportback displays sporty, balanced proportions.

Audi’s designers have combined dramatic shapes and athletically taut surfaces in the design of the five-door coupé. The stretched wheelbase, the short overhangs and the long, wraparound front lid with power dome emphasise the model’s dynamism.

Another distinguishing feature is the sporty front end. The three-dimensionally modelled Singleframe grille is significantly flatter and wider than on the previous model.

Depending on specification, the radiator grille comes in subtle black matt. On the sport trim line, its basic colour is twilight grey matt with horizontal slats in aluminium silver matt.

The design trim line is in elegant dark titanium black with horizontal slats in chrome.

The side air intakes have bold edges and optionally – with the S line exterior package – honeycomb grilles and a sporty, horizontal trim strip in aluminium silver matt extending across the entire front end.

The wave-pattern shoulder line imparts the Audi A5 Sportback with emotional elegance.

The characteristic design feature, already present on the previous model, is now even more striking with its three-dimensional character. The interplay of light and shadow becomes all the more alluring.

The long sweeping wave with the pronounced bulges over the wheel arches underscores the quattro DNA. At the transition from the front wheel arches to the doors, a three-dimensional chrome trim element highlights the sporty ambitions of the new A5.

From the A-pillar, which has been shifted far to the rear, the roof extends over the athletic body with its less doors as a flat, flowing dome. The front and rear side windows are given emphasis by a trim strip in aluminium silver, matt.

Rear body

The rear end exhibits clearly horizontal and three-dimensional styling. The stretched luggage compartment lid in aluminium terminates with a striking spoiler edge that also enhances the aerodynamics.

Separate reflectors in the lower section of the rear apron, which is painted in the body colour, emphasises the width.

The slim, three-dimensionally shaped rear lights come in LED technology as standard, and a LED lighting signature underlines their sculptural geometry.

The delicate brake light sits below the luminaries, and the dynamic turn signal (with LED headlights and higher) forms a precise strip in the upper section.

The third delicate brake light on the upper edge of the rear window spans its entire width.

Lighting technology

The finely contoured headlights in the new Audi A5 Sportback harmonise perfectly with the horizontal lines of the front end. They are positioned slightly above the top edge of the Singleframe grille, which is drawn down quite far – a surprising design detail and a first in the A5 model line.

LED technology is used for all lighting functions. The new lighting signature of the Audi Matrix LED headlights creates a characteristic, focused four-eye face reminiscent of the Ur-quattro.

Interior

The new A5 Sportback offers perfect build quality and optimum practical utility. The ambient lighting with 30 selectable colours provides scope for creating a fitting mood for the high-quality materials. The horizontal architecture of the instrument panel creates a sense of spaciousness.

The new A5 has grown in virtually all dimensions. The interior has gained 17 mm in length.

The shoulder room has also been increased for both the driver (plus 9 mm) and the front passenger (plus 11 mm). Knee room in the back has even increased by 24 mm.

The rear seat back splits 40:20:40 as standard. The load-area width measures exactly one metre.

The rectangular-shaped layout of the 480-litre luggage compartment makes it outstanding in terms of practical use. With the rear seats folded down, it can even accommodate 1,300 litres.

Interior equipment

The inside features white LEDs as standard. The driver can operate the reading lights via sensors.

At night, the interior lighting package or ambient lighting are optional ways of setting accents. The latter changes the lighting colour with a choice of 30 hues.

This can also be linked to the mode selected in Audi drive select. Slim LED light guides in the door trims create highly effective contours.

Choice materials and colours emphasise the generous dimensions and elegance of the interior.

There is a wide range of new colours and combinations to choose from in the sport and design trimlines, and in the S line and design selection packages. They afford plenty of scope for customisation.

Besides black, the instrument panel can be divided into two colour zones with the design trim line: a dark upper area and a light lower zone. The colours of the lower zone of the instrument panel are repeated in the seat upholstery.

Convenient climate control

A continuous air vent strip and the plunging centre console underscore the impression of a floating instrument panel in the new Audi A5 Sportback.

The control panel of the automatic air-conditioning is another highlight, particularly with the optional deluxe automatic air conditioning, which has the digital temperature displays integrated into the control dials.

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 a button.

Both the standard single-zone systems and the triple-zone deluxe automatic air-conditioning have been completely redesigned. Both systems have low energy consumption. They also provide extremely high air quality: In both fresh air and recirculating operation, an active-carbon combination filter removes the finest particulate matter.

Display and controls

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).

In the basic version, the DIS monitor has a five-inch screen diagonal. The colour Audi MMI display in the centre console measures seven inches.

MMI navigation plus (and Audi design selection) bring a colour seven-inch driver information system and an 8.3-inch Audi MMI display on board.

The MMI system is controlled via the control elements on the wide, asymmetrically split centre console. The focal point of the terminal is the round rotary pushbutton.

Its surface is home to the touch-sensitive touchpad option. The touchpad is used to input characters and also for multi-finger gestures, enabling the driver to zoom in on a map, for example.

The whole MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone, including the intelligent free text search function.

Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display

The Audi virtual cockpit is an alternative to the analog instrument dials for the new A5 Sportback. It assumes that MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is on board.

The various display options bring the driver added convenience. Thanks to its resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels, the large (12.3 inch) TFT monitor displays richly detailed graphics.

The head-up display projects all relevant information onto the windscreen as easily comprehensible symbols and digits, minimising driver distraction.

The information appears to hover around two metres in front of the driver within a window area measuring 200 x 80 mm. The human eye registers the information extremely quickly – there’s no need to switch from the accustomed long-range vision.

Infotainment and Audi connect

Audi’s top version is MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. In addition to the Audi MMI navigation features, it includes 10 GB of flash storage, a DVD drive, Audi connect services for three years, up to five free navigation updates (available at six-month intervals) and an 8.3-inch monitor with a resolution of 1,024 x 480 pixels.

Audi MMI navigation plus works in close cooperation with many of the assistance and safety systems. It also incorporates the “personal route assist” function.

The navigation system makes a note of routes and destinations that the customer regularly uses, and links this information with the parked position and the time of day.

The system thus learns from the driver’s behaviour and uses this information to suggest optimised route planning for the next trip – even if destination guidance is inactive.

The navigation system builds the three most likely destinations into the calculation, taking account of both the arrival time and current traffic levels.

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