2018 Audi A5 Sportback Canada Reviews

2018 Audi A5 Sportback Canada Reviews

The previous generation Audi A5 is one of our two favorite folding doors. The sleek style and premium interior helps to distinguish it from its rivals in Germany. It’s getting a bit dated in recent years,which is why we’re happy to see the debut of the redesigned 2018 Audi A5.

For 2018, the coupe and convertible A5 models return, joining a new four-door hatchback (Sportback). Looking at the four-door A5 might seem a little strange to you if you’re used to the model is just two doors away. But like the larger A7 hatchback, the new A5 Sportback enhances the flexibility of transporting the car cargo. Other important changes this year include a more powerful four-cylinder engine and the inclusion of Audi’s latest technology and safety features.

Although we have not tested the A5 yet, we have piloted a mechanically similar A4 sedan and high performance S5 coupe. Against that backdrop we are confident that Audi has another winner in his hands. A5 checks all the boxes needed in the classroom for performance, comfort, luxury and technology. This gets an added advantage because of its sleek style, elegant cabin and easy-to-use infotainment system. In addition, there are many advanced safety features that predecessor is missing. Coherent with a distinctive leader in the class that includes the BMW 4 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, we put the A5 on top.

2018 Audi A5 Sportback Canada Reviews

2018 Audi A5 Sportback Canada Reviews

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Since all A5 models are mechanically identical and most features are available at all trim levels, we recommend starting with the basic Premium model and adding important features to your liking. If you want a sophisticated safety feature, the top trim Makeup is your only option.

2018 Audi A5 Features

The redesigned 2018  Audi A5 is available in the unique coupe two-door coupe and convertible (Cabriolet) style and a new four-door hatchback (Sportback). All A5s are available in Premium, Premium Plus or Prestige trims and powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine (252 horsepower, 273 pound-feet torque). All-wheel drive is also included, such as a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The six-speed manual transmission is only available on the A5 coupe.

Standard Premium trim features include 18-inch wheels, xenon headlamps, reflected mirrors, automatic wipers, sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, selectable drive modes, tri-zone automatic climate controls, leather seats, power front seats, , Auto-dimming rearview mirror, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, 7-inch infotainment screen with Audi MMI interface, rearview camera, and 10-speaker sound system with CD player, two USB ports and HD radio. Low speed frontal warning and mitigation are also included.

2018 Audi A5 Sportback Canada Reviews

Stepping into the Plus Premium trim gives you LED lights, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, Audi’s Connect Care (with 4G LTE connection and emergency telematics), rear collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, heated front seats, memory function Driver-seat and satellite radio.
The Prestige Skirt sorts through the lineup with head-up screen, premium Bang & Olufsen audio system, simulated leather seats for center console and armrest, digital instrument panel, remote control of vehicle functions via smartphone application, top-down. Parking camera system, 8.3 inch infotainment screen and navigation system.

Most of the features on the upper trim level are available to support trims as an option. Other add-ons include 20-inch wheels, high-performance summer tires, sporty exterior line hangings, adaptive steering, sport suspension, ventilated sports seats and hot steering wheels.

The Prestige model also qualifies for the Driver Assistance package (adaptive cruise control, lane guard assistance, automatic beam and traffic alert reader) and adaptive suspension.

2018 Audi A5 Sportback Canada Reviews

2018 Audi A5 Sportback Canada Reviews

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2018 Audi A5 drive

If a mechanically similar A4 sedan has any indication, then A5 will rise to the top in terms of performance. It will also score slightly above average for everyday drivability. We suspect there will be little doubt from the four-cylinder engine at the initial acceleration.

2018 Audi A5 comfort

The A5 chair is sturdy and neatly arranged for long hours of comfortable driving. The cabin should be as lonely and isolate as the A4 and S5 we have evaluated, and the available adaptive suspension should accelerate the journey further.


The A5 gets high marks for a modern and elegantly simple interior. The quality of materials is excellent for the class, and the controls are just what you want as a driver. The back seat is rather small and best suited for smaller passengers.

2018 Audi A5 Utilities

The 11.6 cubic feet of A5 is not the largest in its class, but should be enough for most cargo, and flat floor loads and practical hooks add value. Interior storage is just enough to keep your personal belongings.

2018 Audi A5 Sportback Canada Reviews

2018 Audi A5 Technology

Audi’s MMI is one of the easiest operational infotainment systems, and screen placement further reduces interference. The available virtual instrument panel is as attractive to the eye as it is useful and effective. It makes cutting-edge technology accessible as it is.
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