2022 Audi A5 Sportback

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2022 Audi A5 Sportback Review: Style Without The Sacrifice

It's widely accepted that sedans, in general, look classier than hatchbacks, but what if you want the style of a sedan with the practicality of a hatch? Well, a four-door coupe with a hatch rear is the ideal compromise, and few cars pull this off as well as the Audi A5 Sportback - not that there are many rivals out there besides the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Naturally, that sloping roofline takes away as much headroom as it adds style, but it's a worthwhile compromise when there's a much more practical cargo area. In the case of the A5, a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine powers the stylish hatch and now comes in two states of tune, each with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system for better gas mileage. More entertaining options are out there, but the Audi A5 quattro Sportback is still one of the best choices for style, decent performance, and practicality. Is it still at the top? Let's find out.

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2022 Audi A5 Sportback Changes: What’s the difference vs the 2021 Audi A5 Sportback?

Last year, the A5 received various tweaks, including a new mild-hybrid system. This model carries over mostly unchanged but the Black Optic package that blacks out exterior chrome trim is now not only available on the base "40" cars too but also comes with new 19-inch alloy wheels. The S line package now includes lowered sport suspension and leather / faux suede upholstery. More monthly subscription services are available too for things such as navigation, and Android Auto is now wireless. Audi has also simplified some of the optional packages.

Pros and Cons

  • Looks phenomenal
  • Great driving experience
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Capacious cargo area
  • Beautiful interior
  • Options can become pricey
  • Rivals offer more power
  • Rear headroom is less than ideal

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2022 Audi A5 Sportback Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Premium 40 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$43,900
Prestige 40 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$43,900
Premium Plus 40 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$43,900
S line Premium 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$46,000
S line Prestige 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$46,000
See All 2022 Audi A5 Sportback Trims and Specs

2022 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

  • District Green Metallic +$595
  • Florett Silver Metallic +$595
  • Glacier White Metallic +$595
  • Manhattan Gray Metallic +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic +$595
  • Navarra Blue Metallic +$595
  • Tango Red Metallic +$595
  • Daytona Gray Metallic +$595
  • Turbo Blue Metallic +$595
  • Brilliant Black
  • Ibis White

2022 A5 Sportback Performance

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Engine and Transmission

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

The A5 may not be an S- or RS-badged machine, but it is the basis for those incredible versions of Audi's A5 Sportback and as such is incredibly good to drive. The all-wheel-drive system is never flustered and apportions power brilliantly to give you a consistent and composed drive. Sure, it's not tail-happy, but it doesn't understeer like Audis of old either - it's just quick. It's easy to pick a line and stick to it, thanks to that quattro system and a brilliantly accurate steering setup that is perfectly weighted. Neither big nor small bumps fluster the chassis and the overall experience is calm yet enjoyable, giving you the confidence to drive with determination. The brakes are similarly good, proving easy to modulate and easy to trust.

2022 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

2022 A5 Sportback Trunk and Cargo Space

2022 Audi A5 Sportback Rear Passenger Seats Audi
2022 Audi A5 Sportback Rear Angle View Audi
2022 Audi A5 Sportback Side View Audi
  • Maximum Cargo Space
    21.8 ft³

2022 A5 Sportback Safety and Reliability

Warranty

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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 Audi A5 Sportback A Good Car?

The 2021 Audi A5 Sportback is pretty much perfect. Even in base guise, it looks good and drives well. The interior is stylish, tech-forward, ergonomic, and for the most part very comfortable. The infotainment system is also highly attractive, as is the available 12.3-inch driver info display. Yes, rear occupants may have an issue with how much headroom is available, but that will be the case in any car of this style. The A5 also rides comfortably, is light on gas, is spritely off the line, has a very slick gearbox and a joyful steering setup, offers plenty of standard and available features, and has plenty of trunk space. Besides these rational reasons to consider it, the A5 is simply incredible to look at too. Overall, this is a brilliant, athletic, and capable all-rounder, and we see no reason to look past it. If you can afford one, take it for a test drive - this thing is really hard to fault.

2022 Audi A5 Sportback Comparisons

Audi A4 Sedan Audi
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi A5 Sportback201 hp24/33 mpg$44,600
Audi A4 Sedan 201 hp24/33 mpg$40,300
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 255 hp23/33 mpg$45,900

2022 Audi A5 Sportback vs Audi A4 Sedan

The Audi A4 is very similar to the A5 in many ways. It comes with the same engines and produces the same output, but as a sedan, it's less practical. It also looks far less appealing in our opinion. It's also a little smaller and, as a result, it's lighter and more economical, but less prestigious and less practical. Still, the A4 does come in at a base price of under $40k in the US, which makes it more affordable. In addition, it's more comfortable for rear-seat passengers. Thus, we'd suggest you drive both and weigh up your requirements for a new car before making a decision. If you need practicality and value looks and handling ability, the A5 is a sure winner, but the A4 - although less interesting - is still a great alternative.

See Audi A4 Sedan Review

2022 Audi A5 Sportback vs BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The brand-new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is arguably the only real direct rival to the A5 Sportback. It's a more expensive car though, with a base price of over $45,000. However, its base engine produces less power, it is slower than the A5 45, and it returns slightly less impressive economy figures, despite the fact that it's RWD and not AWD like the Audi. Its appearance with the huge new kidney grilles is very polarizing and you'll either love it or hate it. Still, it has its benefits with rear-wheel-drive, so for driving fun, the Bimmer is a better choice. With the new model bringing a fresh take on BMW's compact sedan-coupe, it runs the Audi close - if you don't mind its looks and higher price.

See BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Review
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