Remaining surprisingly true to the Sportback Concept unveiled back in January, the 2010 Audi A5 Sportback has finally debuted in production form. Like the BMW 5 Series GT, the A5 Sportback further muddles the definition of “Crossover utility vehicle” by providing a super hybrid conglomeration of a sports coupe, a luxury sedan, and a station wagon.
With hipsters across the globe coming-of-age and entering a new tax bracket, a gap in the luxury market has appeared. Breeding too quickly for a sedan but unwilling to surrender to a station wagon, the hot hatch seems to be the new Tier 1 sweet spot.
Scheduled to hit Audi dealerships in September, the first models will be offered with 6 different engine options, including 3 standard gasoline and 3 TDI. The gasoline engines – the two-liter TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp) or 155 kW (211 hp) and the 3.2-liter V6 with 195 kW (265 hp) – are equipped with the Audi valvelift system for variable control of valvelift, allowing for a boost in performance while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption. The 2.0 TDI produces 125 kW (170 hp) and, thanks to Audi’s new start-stop technology, averages a fuel-efficient 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km (45.23 US mpg). For customers still looking to reap the benefit of a diesel without sacrificing performance, the 2.7L TDI offers comparable fuel-efficieny and produces 140 kW (190 hp) while the 3.0 TDI puts out an impressive 176 kW (240 hp). All six engines come mated to Audi’s 7-speed S tronic (Servotronic) transmission and a permanent AWD system.
Body measurements total 4,711 mm (15.45 ft) L x 1,854 mm (6.07 ft) W x 1,391 mm (4.56 ft) H, and the wheelbase stands at a sizeable 2,810 mm (9.22 ft). Coupled with the generous use of lightweight aluminum, ridiculously complex steel alloy, and the Nürburgring-ready suspension, the A5 Sportback’s generous measurements and sporty driving dynamics mean carpooling to the Jack Johnson concert will be a breeze. The only downside? Audi has no plans to bring the A5 Sportback to the North American market. Of course.