Audi A5 Sportback review - does it add to the coupe's appeal? - Ride and handling

The new A5 Sportback takes all the good from the coupe and puts it into a more practical package

Ride and handling

In the transformation from first to second generation, Audi significantly modified the A5’s MLB platform, reducing weight and lowering the centre of gravity. As a result the A5 and its sportier S5 sibling are more adept on the road than before, offering an impressively settled and concise ride quality with the usual unimpeachable quattro traction (where fitted).

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

Push a little harder and you are reminded that the A5 has its engine mostly strewn out in front of the axle, but for normal driving the Sportback is refined, smooth and feels incredibly tight on the road without being completely devoid of road feel. 

> Click here more on the upcoming Volkswagen Arteon

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

If you want your A5 to be able to challenge the BMW 4-series Gran Coupe on a windy road though, you will need to start ticking various option boxes. To get the best out of the A5’s chassis, you best option the adaptive dampers, as they usefully sharpen response and contain body-roll. 

Steering feel is predictably absent, although we would recommend leaving the dynamic steering option well alone, based on our experiences with other Audi systems. 

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/nissan/gtr/21433/limited-run-nissan-gt-r50-to-enter-production-in-2020
Nissan GT-R coupe

Limited-run Nissan GT-R50 to enter production in 2020

First customer GT-R50s set to hit the road next year, with prices starting beyond the €1million mark
5 Dec 2019
Visit/toyota/yaris/201932/toyota-yaris-gr-4-teased-in-new-video-true-wrc-homologation-special-on-the
Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris GR-4 teased in new video

Gazoo Racing to follow up its 2019 WRC championship with an all-new car based on the GR-4 hot hatch
4 Dec 2019
Visit/buying-advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
5 Dec 2019
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019