Hatchback enthusiasts are likely to be delighted with the news that Audi will finally be releasing to the U.S. market the 2018 A5 Sportback, which is the five-door version of the A5 coupe. That is not all as the brand will also be releasing the 2018 S5 Sportback. While price details have yet to be officially revealed, Audi says it will release these two models by spring.
There is however at least one difference in that while the U.S. market will indeed be getting a hatchback, it will not have the same powertrain options being made available in Europe. For the models offered in the European market, customers have the chance to select between diesel engines and gas-powered ones. They can even choose between the automatic transmission, which is standard, and the manual offered as an option. However for the U.S., only two engines will be offered and both are paired to automatic transmissions.
Specifically for the A5 Sportback, it will be powered with the same 4-cylinder turbocharged engine inside the A4 Sedan, A5 Coupe, and A5 Convertible. The engine has an output at 252 hp with peak torque coming in at 273 lb.-ft. It is paired to the automatic dual-clutch seven-speed transmission. This allows the A5 Sportback to be almost as fast as its two-door counterpart with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Meanwhile the S5 Sportback has the turbocharged V6 engine capable of 354 hp with top torque of 369 lb.-ft., and paired to the standard automatic 8-speed transmission. With this, the S5 Sportback can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
There is yet another difference with the U.S. versions and the European variants. For the A5 Sportback to be released in the U.S., all of the models will be fitted with the brand’s very own Quattro all-wheel-drive.
In terms of the interior, the A5 Sportback has some similarities with its coupe sibling with the S5 Sportback having similarities with the convertible version as well. The two even have the same choices for infotainment systems like their counterpart. Examples of this include the MMI system and the Virtual Cockpit LCD in the instrument panel.
Style is not an issue as well, considering that the unique character line of the A5 coupe, which also has the same of a Coke bottle, has been effortlessly shifted into a version that has a longer profile. This is complemented by the greenhouse that is clearly inspired by the A7 Sportback.
Another difference between the Sportback versions and their two-counterparts is the amount of space. According to the brand, the models being offered in the U.S. market will have cargo room that is two times more compared to the coupe. In terms of the back seat, given the amount of space, there is no doubt that it will not only be usable but also offer more comfort.
Overall, for those who want a vehicle that has the appearance of the A5 but placed in a practical package, the Sportback is clearly a good option.