2020 Audi A5 Sportback

2020 MODEL
$42,900 - $52,600
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2020 Audi A5 Sportback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 10, 2020
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Utsav Arora

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Audi has presented a unique design statement with the launch of the new Audi A5 Sportback. With a Coupe like body structure, Matrix-design LED headlights, and the practically of a hatchback, the new A5 is one of the best Sportback cars in the segment. The interior of the car has got Macro ergonomics detailing, Ambient lighting, a Sporty seating arrangement, a spacious cabin, and the latest infotainment inside. Panoramic sunroof gets UV protection and comes with tilts for ventilation. An advanced safety package is included in the Audi A5 with Driver Assistance systems and airbags for post-collision protection. Three exciting trims are offered in the new line-up with upgraded luxury elements and better performance abilities.

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Pros

Impressive design

Best-in-class performance numbers

Good selection of interior materials

Cons

Sluggish braking performance

Cramped rear seats

What's New?

Fresh Exterior Design

Redesigned front grille

Latest infotainment system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42900

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

273 lbs.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

7-speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13.8

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

187.3 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

54.6 in.

curb weight

3725 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

81 cu ft.

cargo volume

35 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/34/27 mpg

highway range

520.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Audi A5 Sportback Exterior video
2020 Audi A5 Sportback Detailed Review video

Styles

2020 Audi A5 Sportback in Aluminum Silver color
Aluminum Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.4

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.9

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Audi A5 Sportback Premium

Premium

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$42,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 45 TFSI quattro 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $42,900 MSRP (23/27/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5

2020 Audi A5 Sportback Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$46,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $46,700 MSRP (23/27/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5

2020 Audi A5 Sportback Prestige

Prestige

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$52,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige 45 TFSI quattro 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $52,600 MSRP (23/27/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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The Audi A5 Sport back is powered by the same 2-liter inline-4 motor that powers the standard A5 good for 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. This segment once used to be very competitive, however, with the introduction of SUVs and the ever-increasing craze for these boxes on wheels, the sedan segment has taken a beating. The 2020 Audi A5 stands among some of the most established badges in the segment such as the Acura TLX, BMW 4 Series, and the Cadillac ATS.


7.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

9.4/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 

9.9/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Audi A5 Sportback Features

7.0/10

Audi has always offered numerous trims and configurations to its customers to give them enough options to choose from. The new Audi A5 Sportback is available in three exciting trims. The basic Premium model with standard features and exterior accents, the Premium Plus model with added features, and the top-end Prestige trim loaded with the latest tech amenities and interior features. If you are looking for a fully upgraded A5 with all the premium features inside, the Prestige model will amuse you.

Trim

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP (AWD)

$42,900

$46,700

$52,600

Key Features

45 TFSI Engine

45 TFSI Engine

45 TFSI engine

 

Honeycomb Singleframe front grille design

Matrix-design LED headlights with high beam assist

Matrix design LED headlights with Audi laser light animation

 

LED headlights with high beam assist

Audi Virtual Cockpit with a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster with three visual modes

LED taillights with dynamic indicators and animation

 

MMI 10.1-inch touch display

Audi Phone box with wireless charging facility

Navigation package included

 

Audi Connect assistance and security services

Dorr armrests and center console are wrapped in a leatherette material

19-speaker 3D sound system by Bang & Olufsen

 

Premium audio system and emphasis on macro ergonomics

Convenience package included

Driver Assistance package with

Which trim should you buy?

The base version of the Audi A5 consists of all the major features, stock engine option, AWD drive system, LED headlights, Audi Connect, and Standard safety features. If you are not looking for a load of luxury elements the base model can save you some money with the same performance delivered. Moving up the ladder we have the Premium Plus package which features the new Matrix design LED headlights and have better ergonomics. With the convenience package included, the occupants feel relaxed at all times. The top-end trim is the Prestige which includes a fully loaded deal with Matrix headlights with animation feature, Audi Virtual Cockpit for on-track experience, 19-speaker premium audio setup by Bang & Olufsen, and the Driver Assistance package with a range of intelligent systems. We recommend the Premium Plus package if you are looking for a good blend of luxury elements and intact performance.

2020 Audi A5 Sportback Engine and Performance

7.0/10

As the name Sportback depicts, the new Audi A5 is a performance machine with high rpm revs and staggering accelerating abilities. A subtle 2.0 Liter TFSI Inline-4 engine coupled with a seven-speed Auto-Shift Manual transmission system gives you the feel of driving the A5 Sportback. Talking of numbers, the duo churns out more than 248 HP and 273 pound-feet of torque output. Accelerating abilities of the car give you the experience of insanely high speeds at the threshold with the confidence to further push to the limits. The dynamic stability of the car improves cornering performance with agile moves and good handling.

Models

Audi A5 Sportback Premium Plus

Acura TLX 2.4L Technology package

BMW 4 Series 430i 

Cadillac ATS Sedan 2.0L Luxury Package

MSRP

$43,895

$37,725

$54,095

$42,290

Engine

2.0 L Inline-4

2.4 L Inline-4

2.0 L Turbo Inline-4

2.0 L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed Auto-Shift Manual

8-speed Auto-Shift Manual

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM)

248 @ 5000

206 @ 6800

248 @ 5200

272 @ 5500

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

273 @ 1600

182 @ 4500

258 @ 1450

295 @ 3000

As we can clearly interpret from the above table, the new 2020 Audi A5 Sportback has got some impressive performance numbers. With a subtle sized engine and an efficient 8-speed Auto-Shift transmission system, the car makes out about 250 HP which is the best-in-segment. High torque numbers give good accelerating abilities to the car.

How fast is the 2020 Audi A5 Sportback?

The new Audi A5 is insanely fast with the high performing engine underneath and light bodyweight. The car can sprint a 0-60 mph in under 5.7 seconds and topping a speed of 130 mph. The Coupe like design supports the dynamic stability of the car at high speeds. Loaded with a 2.0 Liter TFSI Inline-4 engine and an efficient 8-speed Auto-Shift transmission, high torque outputs are achieved which improves the accelerating abilities of the car. Torque output is on the range of 270 pound-feet at 1600 rpm which is quite impressive.

Models

Audi A5 Sportback Premium Plus

Acura TLX 2.4L Technology package

BMW 4 Series 430i 

Cadillac ATS Sedan 2.0L Luxury Package

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.7

6.2

5.5

6.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.8

14.3

14.3

14.2

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

164

155

145

Engine

2.0 L Inline-4

2.4 L Inline-4

2.0 L Turbo Inline-4

2.0 L Turbocharged Inline-4

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

6.6

6.6

6.6

7.0

With mind-boggling accelerating abilities and high-speed experience, the new Audi A5 Sportback seems one of the best-in-class. The emission from the car is also least in the lot. The Acura TLX also shows off high-performance numbers with insanely high-speed abilities.

Ride and Handling

The new Audi A5 features exceptional ride and handling abilities. With the addition of an all-drive system and high-performance suspension dampers, the ride quality of the sedan has been improved to a whole new level. With athletic steering control, high stability is witnessed in the new A5. When touring on long stints, the steering mounted controls and highly responsive steering control eases out driving and improves accessibility. Overall, one of the best handling abilities and ride quality is offered by the latest A5 Sportback.

Braking Performance

When it comes to high-speed Sportback sedans, braking performance is equally important as powertrain and accelerating abilities. The new line-up of the Audi A5 is equipped with a high-performance braking system. All four wheels get disc brakes with large rotors for better surface area coverage. The stopping distance of the car from 60-0 mph is almost 158 feet.

Models

Audi A5 Sportback Premium Plus

Acura TLX 2.4L Technology package

BMW 4 Series 430i 

Cadillac ATS Sedan 2.0L Luxury Package

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.3

12.6

13

12.6 x 1.18

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.0

12.2

11.8

12.40 x 0.90

Curb Weight (lbs)

3725

3508

4037

3373

60-0 MPH (feet)

158

118

162

NA

Evidently, the above data shows the high braking abilities of the segment as a whole. The lightest of the lot is the Cadillac ATS but it still does not impress much in terms of stopping distance. Acura TLX shows commendable stopping distance with lightweight chassis and huge rotor size. Audi A5 Sportback has the biggest rotors in the segment with 13.3-inch sized discs.

2020 Audi A5 Sportback Fuel Economy

5.0/10

High-performance sports-sedan are not popular for their peaky fuel economy like the muscle underneath. But the new Audi A5 Sportback has amused the customers with highly efficient fuel consumption. Subtle engine and lightweight, fuel economy are maintained at high levels. Bith city commutes, as well as long ride highway rides, delivers a good economy, making the A5 an ideal choice. Also, advanced mechanical systems and optimized design give an edge to the A5 in terms of fuel economy among rivals. The combined output of the car stands at 27 MPG.

Models

Audi A5 Sportback Premium Plus

Acura TLX 2.4L Technology package

BMW 4 Series 430i 

Cadillac ATS Sedan 2.0L Luxury Package

MPG (City)

24

23

23

22

MPG (Highway)

32

33

34

30

MPG (Combined)

27

27

27

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.3

17.2

15.8

16.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

367.20/489.60/413.1

395.6/567.6/464.4

363.4/537.2/426.6

352/480/400

The maximum range is offered by the new Audi A5 Sportback. Next comes the Acura TLX which also impresses us with a high fuel economy and maximum range in the segment. The low fuel tank capacity is a bummer for the Audi A5. Otherwise, it could have got a better range with the best-in-class fuel economy.

2020 Audi A5 Sportback Interior

7.0/10

Upscale interiors with luxury elements, genteel material selection, ample additional supports for a comfortable ride, Automatic climate control, and the latest infotainment range. The new Audi A5 has got it all. The cabin is spacious with a seating capacity of five. Also, the seats get power adjustments and multiple supports to ensure the overall comfort of passengers at all times. Center armrest, leatherette material upholstery, and multiple small-item storage options deliver an overall soothing cabin. The trunk capacity of the car is at par in the segment with a 21.1 cubic feet volume with the rear seat up.

Models

Audi A5 Sportback Premium Plus

Acura TLX 2.4L Technology package

BMW 4 Series 430i 

Cadillac ATS Sedan 2.0L Luxury Package

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (inches)

37.7/55.7/41.3

37.2/57.5/42.6

40.4/55.3/42.2

38.6/55.2/42.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room)  (inches)

37/54.5/35.1

36.7/55.4/34.5

37.1/49.8/33.1

36.8/53.9/33.5

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

NA

14.3

7.8

10.4

The above data clearly shows the spacious cabin of the new Audi A5. With the rear seats up, you get an adequate 21.1 cubic feet of cargo volume to stash up your everyday luggage as well as for a long weekend getaway.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The all-new version of the Audi A5 Sportback is here with an abundance of interior features and infotainment range. The package includes a massive 10.1-inch touchscreen display with a standard 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit in the Prestige trim. Also, an easy Navigation system, Voice Control, and MMI Touch keep the occupants engaged. The premium 19-speaker Audio setup with the 3D effect by Bang & Olufsen makes the music lovers amused. There has been a software upgrade in the latest model which makes the system smoother and more responsive with attractive animation and interactive panels.

2020 Audi A5 Sportback Exterior

9.4/10

The latest 2020 model of the Audi A5 Sportback has got a completely designed front grille, new front, and rear bumpers, upgraded lighting, and sporty alloy wheels. With the Matrix-type 42 LED headlight setup with animation feature, the new A5 looks modern and appealing. The front grille design gives the car a sharp look and justifies its high dynamic performance. The side shoulder lines are sleek and provide good aerodynamic leverage at high speeds.

Models

Audi A5 Sportback Premium Plus

Acura TLX 2.4L Technology package

BMW 4 Series 430i 

Cadillac ATS Sedan 2.0L Luxury Package

Curb Weight (lb)

3725

3508

4037

3373

Length (inches)

187.2

190.7

182.7

182.8

Width (inches)

72.6

73

71.9

71.1

Height (inches)

54.6

57

55.1

55.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

NA

NA

NA

NA

Wheelbase (inches)

111.2

109.3

110.8

109.3

The new Audi A5 features a wider wheelbase, the optimum length for a Coupe styled design, and good height, the new A5 has a balanced design. The dynamic stability of the car has improved due to the low height and sleeker body structure.

2020 Audi A5 Sportback Safety

8.0/10

The Advanced system inside helps in managing expectations. Audi A5 Sportback package comes with the Driver Assistance bundle by Audi. The system includes radar and sonar sensors along with front and rear cameras to help you monitor overall activity surrounding the vehicle. The Audi Pre Sense gathers information like distance between and speed of the vehicle ahead and warn the driver for potential incidents and also take emergency actions. Audi Adaptive Cruise control is very helpful in highways which is capable of slowing down the car and give steering guidance to avoid unforeseen accidents at high speedways.

2020 Audi A5 Sportback Competition

9.9/10

Audi A5 Sportback vs. Acura TLX 2.4L

In terms of performance, both cars show commendable numbers with high-speed abilities and good dynamic stability. The exterior design of the Audi A5 is more appealing with the Matrix LED headlights and bolder front. Interiors of both cars feature advanced tech amenities and the latest infotainment range.

Audi A5 vs. BMW 4-Series 430i

String competition is faced by these two German heads. High-performance numbers, the best-in-class reliability, and upscale design statement make decisions tougher. The interior of the Audi A5 seems more attractive and premium with Leatherette upholstery, ample of additional supports, and multiple small-item storage options.

2020 Audi A5 Sportback Final Verdict

If you are looking to experience a car that features the design of a Coupe, the performance of a premium sedan, and the practicality of a hatchback, the new Audi A5 Sportback can be a good choice. The latest version has got an exterior makeover with compelling front design and sporty sides. With the advanced safety systems included in the Driver Assistance package, you can feel safer in the new A5. The interiors have got the latest infotainment range and tech amenities to keep you engaged during regular commutes or long ride stints. Overall, a wholesome experience of zippy performance and luxury interiors is offered in the new 2020 Audi A5 Sportback.