It was just last month when alot of hype was generated about pictures of the Audi A5 floating over the web. Now the luxury Hatchback has been officially unveiled to the masses. Audi claims the vehicle offers the best of various vehicle genres namely the emotion & elegance of a coupe without sacrificing on practicality of a station wagon. Audi further added that the vehicle is 36 millimeters (1.42 in) lower than the A4 Sedan; with its short front overhang, long wheelbase, wide track and the four frameless doors with their slender window lines, it is the very picture of sporty elegance.
Under the bonnet there are three petrol and three diesel engines to choose from, including a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 211hp and a 3.2-litre V6 with 265hp. Both offer impressive performance, and will get you from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds. The 'entry level' diesel engine churns out 170hp propelling the car to 62mph in 8.7 seconds, this is followed by the 2.7 TDI follows with 190hp and acceleration to 62mph in 8.2 seconds while the most powerful of the diesels, the 3.0 TDI puts out 240hp and sees the Sportback from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds.
The drivetrain on offer ranges from manual, multitronic or seven-speed S tronic depending on the engine & trim. The chasis features lightweight construction suspension with Balanced axle load distribution. 17 inch wheels will come as a standard with options up to 20 inches for better handling & aesthetics.
The cabin is a hallmark of all things Audi as it is blessed with high quality materials with two powerful MMI navigation systems available. For those planning for a long balik kampung (returning to hometown in Malay) trip will be glad to know there 480 liters of boot space that goes all up to 980 liters with the back seat down. Prices starts from £27,000 in the UK and 33,650 euros in other parts of Europe.