Kick Off The Season of Audi With the 2018 A5 Sportback—An Attractive Departure From Tradition


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Back in 2012, Audi offered us the answer to an enticing question: can a coupe have five doors and still offer performance with a healthy dash of practicality? With the first generation A7, the Four Rings found an emphatic “yes,” and has recently unveiled a second generation model. But for those who prefer models in the size and price range as the all-new A5 two-door, there’s another alluring prospect to consider. This year marks the first time the A5 Sportback has been seen in America, and it’s quite impressive.

Like its larger sibling, the A5 Sportback features an elegantly-tapered roof that pays homage to coupe traditions while charting a new course. The result is a fastback that’s practical, seductive to behold, and a true performer even without an S-badge. Owing to its family ties to the A4 sedan, customers will also find a similar level of interior opulence and intelligent technology.

In the sporting performance column, the A5 Sportback offers the familiar quattro all-wheel drive system standard, alongside a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Familiar to recent owners of the A4, Q5, and 2018 Q7, in this iteration, it propels the fastback to sixty in 5.7 seconds. Standard Drive Select lets you tailor how that power feels as you put it down, with the S-Line Sport Package offering an optional performance suspension option for better teeth in corners, or adaptive damping suspension for a balance of comfort and zest.

The cabin of the A5 Sportback is home to Audi’s latest MMI system, soft leather upholstery, and a maximum capacity for five passengers or 35 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear hatch. You won’t find that in a two-door coupe, let alone one of the only digital controls for rear-seat climate offerings in its class. The available Audi Connect with Virtual Cockpit is on tap for 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, and a customizable, fully-digital instrument display that integrates infotainment functions and Google Earth navigation for convenient connectivity and plenty of “wow” factor.

Yet while a car that breaks every mold you can think of, offers all-weather performance and traction, and looks darn good doing it is certainly attractive, the deals promoted through this year’s Season of Audi sales event might see the stars aligning in your favor. For example, financing your A5 Sportback through Audi of America will net qualified buyers coverage of their first month’s payment, among other savings opportunities now through January 2.

But the A5 Sportback is just one of the new Audi models our Shrewsbury, MA drivers are falling in love with. To learn more about the latest and greatest out of Ingolstadt, contact us with your questions.

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