2021 Audi A5 Sportback

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2021 Audi A5 Sportback Review: Stylish Sedan With Junk In The Trunk

by Aiden Eksteen

Audi designs some of the most suave and contemporary cars that many business professionals and even young families have come to admire. The 2021 Audi A5 Sportback is one of the more stylish and practical 4-door midsize sedans that the German automaker proffers with its Audi-intrinsic front-end, sharp body lines, and coupe-styled rear. That A5 Sportbacks eye-catching aesthetic is complimented by polished and balanced performance courtesy of a 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 that's been augmented with a 12-volt mild-hybrid electric system. In 40 TFSI guise, the unit is dialed to deliver 201 horsepower, or up to 261 hp in 45 TFSI guise. While the sportback design and sloping roofline does hinder some of the head room in the back seats, there is still an expanse of cargo capacity. The A5 Sportback sedan isn't the only beautiful and pragmatic sedan out there, however, with the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe offering its own gorgeous design profile and versatility.

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2021 Audi A5 Sportback Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 Audi A5 Sportback?

The new year sees the A5 mildly updated with the aforementioned mild-hybrid system and a 13-horsepower increase, while a new 40 TFSI engine option with less power is the new base entrant for this year. It produces 201 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque while the 45 TFSI now makes 261 hp and 273 lb-ft. Other updates include newly standard wireless Apple CarPlay and lane departure warning. Changes to packages include the addition of parking sensors and a heated steering wheel on the Convenience package while the mid-level Premium Plus trim now features adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and a surround-view camera, while the top Prestige trim now comes with heated rear seats as standard. Other changes are mainly aesthetic and apply to the optional Black Optic package.

Pros and Cons

  • Exquisite design and aesthetic
  • Exhilarating driving experience
  • Modern and upscale interior
  • Loaded with standard features
  • Expansive cargo capacity
  • Competitors offer more power
  • Options are quite expensive
  • Rear headroom is hindered

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2021 Audi A5 Sportback Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Prestige 40 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$41,800
Premium 40 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$41,800
Premium Plus 40 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$41,800
Prestige 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$44,000
Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$44,000
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2021 A5 Sportback Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 187.2 in
  • Wheelbase 111.2 in
  • Height 54.6 in
  • Max Width 72.6 in
  • Front Width 62.5 in
  • Rear Width 61.7 in
  • Curb Weight 3,759.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Daytona Gray Metallic +$595
  • Turbo Blue Metallic +$595
  • District Green Metallic +$595
  • Florett Silver Metallic, Build Out: 06/10/2020 +$595
  • Glacier White Metallic +$595
  • Manhattan Gray Metallic, Build Out: 06/10/2020 +$595
  • Navarra Blue Metallic +$595
  • Tango Red Metallic +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic +$595
  • Florett Silver Metallic +$595
  • Manhattan Gray Metallic +$595
  • Brilliant Black, Build Out: 06/10/2020
  • Ibis White
  • Brilliant Black

2021 A5 Sportback Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

2021 A5 Sportback Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 37.7 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.0 in

2021 A5 Sportback Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Audi A5 Sportback Dashboard Audi
2021 Audi A5 Sportback Steering Wheel Audi
2021 Audi A5 Sportback Rear Passenger Seats Audi
  • Maximum Cargo Space
    21.8 ft³

2021 A5 Sportback Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 80,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
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Verdict: Is the 2021 Audi A5 Sportback A Good sedan?

In review, the 2021 Audi A5 Sportback is a phenomenal, equitable vehicle, offering contemporary styling, a premium interior impression, oodles of creature comforts, conveniences, and tech, and an impressive level of practicality. The turbo-four engine, regardless of its state of tune, delivers brisk and refined acceleration responses along with admissible fuel economy returns. The A5 Sportback delivers apt and balanced performance, but there are many more exciting cars to drive out there. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe perhaps offers the best showing. Nevertheless, at the 2021 Audi A5 Sportback sedan's price of just $41,800, it's still one of the most recommended coupe-styled saloons in the USA, especially when considering this second-generation A5's top-notch safety rating and high reliability expectations. What's more impressive is that the A5's value is carried through every trim in the lineup, making it a car we'd recommend to anyone looking for a stylish family sedan.

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