2020 Audi A5 Sportback test. New, but not quite

The Audi A5 Sportback model was released in 2016, and in 2019 a restyled version was introduced, which reached our market in the fall of 2020. This car is a compromise between a classic coupe and a sedan / liftback. For those who want a sports car, but still need more comfort and space for all passengers.

There are not so many external differences between the new Audi A5 Sportback and the previous version, slightly different headlights and rear optics, a slightly different bumper. Despite minor changes, the updated model began to look more aggressive and evil, which is only good for this class of cars. The sportback design looks harmonious from all angles, and thanks to the low roof, the wide grin of the radiator grille and the smooth transition at the rear, the sporty spirit of the model is felt in the look.

Before:

New:

There are practically no changes in the cabin compared to the pre-styling version, everything remains in its place. You pay attention only to the larger display of the media system and the absence of a control washer on the central tunnel, since it is no longer necessary. Yes, the updated model did not receive a new solution with two displays and a glossy "ski" on the front panel in the appendage, this is all waiting for the A5 only with a generation change. But the interior is still quite modern and cozy, with signature features inherent in Audi cars. The only thing I would like to get is a slightly higher central tunnel in front to highlight the driver's area and give it a certain spirit of sportiness. Yes, and a large new display in the center on top does not look very relevant in our time and looks like a tablet that the owner has accumulated. There are no questions about materials and build quality, here leather, soft plastic, wood and metal. You will find hard plastic only in the lowest part of the cabin, which will not even be visible to you.

Before:

New:

Behind the wheel of an A5 Sportback with a height of 187 cm, I get comfortable, absolutely all the adjustments are enough with a margin. Despite the low roof and the presence of a sunroof in our car, I do not prop up the ceiling with my head. The optional seats in the test A5 are comfortable, with the correct profile, pronounced lateral support and adjustable cushion length, they do not get tired even on a long trip. For the front seats in the test car, a full package of electric adjustments was available, and for the driver's seat there was also a position memory. Also in our case, the driver's and front passenger's seats were equipped with a massage function, to activate which you had to press a button on the side of the seats, and then select the type of massage and its intensity on the media system screen. By the way, in the A5 I liked the seat massage, it is quite powerful and well felt, in the same A7 it is a little weaker.

According to the review, there are no special questions for the car, except that the side mirrors are small, made as such for the sake of design. But their small size is compensated by the presence of a blind spot monitoring system with a convenient and well-read indication in the mirror housing.

I can sit behind myself, but my knees are already resting on the back of the seat, and the top of my head touches the ceiling. For shorter people, it will be more comfortable there, and if the driver is also shorter, then it’s generally beautiful. There was enough space behind me for the child, so I had to move forward a little, which did not really affect my convenience as a driver. Isofix mounts are located at the edges of the rear sofa, they have free access, you just need to first remove the plastic plugs from them, which makes it easier to install a child seat. In general, in terms of space for rear passengers, the A5 can be compared with the BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-class, except that in the rear the roof is slightly lower in the rear due to body features.

With four full-fledged seats in the Audi A5 Sportback, there is also a decent-sized trunk with a volume of 465 liters. And by folding the backs of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which form a small hill, you can significantly increase the usable space for things. A dokatka is hidden under the floor. Power tailgate with dedicated button to completely close the car.

The updated A5 received a completely new media system, but with some reservations. So, the model does not have a second display responsible for setting the climate and other options, which is not scary, in my opinion. Also, the screen of the new sportback has only acoustic feedback, that is, when pressed, there is no vibration response, as, for example, in the A7 system, but there is only sound confirmation. Here, of course, it's a bit of a shame for the model, since the option is convenient.

The central screen is now 10.1 inches, against 8.5 inches in the previous version of the model, and the display resolution has also increased, which has become 1540x720 versus 1024x480 for its predecessor. Moreover, in the updated A5, the screen is now made using OLED technology, which has a positive effect on the perception of information on it and the display quality in various conditions.

Before:

New:

Good navigation is available in the car (option) with up-to-date maps, the ability to display traffic jams, with the search for parking at the end point of the route and the search for points of interest (shops, restaurants, pharmacies, etc.). To do this, the built-in LTE modem is activated, if you ordered it, or you need to connect the car to a Wi-Fi access point. The system builds the best route to bypass traffic jams, but sometimes it fails and you may be asked to turn off at an inconvenient exit or even take you under the “brick” sign.Built-in navigation provides both voice and visual guidance on the virtual dashboard, which can display the entire map, as well as on the head-up display, if you have one installed. Another of the interesting tips that are present even without route guidance is the vibration on the gas pedal, which is triggered if you exceed the speed limit (the system takes data from your maps) or approaching an intersection / sharp turn. All these tips are also duplicated visually on the dashboard screen in the Driver Assistants section.

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The system also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay platforms, the latter with wireless connectivity. They work flawlessly, only in some places in the city the iPhone's wireless connection may fall off.

The Audi A5 Sportback has three USB-A and one Type-C ports for charging devices. Two in the front of the cabin, at the bottom of the front panel and in the armrest, and two in the back. There's also optional wireless charging in the front armrest, which isn't very convenient since you can't even quickly view notifications on your smartphone. Modern gadgets are charged from the on-board network of the car quite cheerfully, so even during a short trip you can have time to charge a completely dead device a little. Unfortunately, apart from in the armrest, the manufacturer did not provide a normal niche for gadgets, so it will not be possible to place large devices in the public domain.

Connecting smartphones via Bluetooth is no problem, everything goes quickly and smoothly, and there is also the possibility of simultaneously working with two devices at once. The speakerphone works great, the interlocutors will never complain that they can't hear you or even the passengers behind.

The virtual dashboard has a diagonal of 12.3 inches, it is also an OLED display with a resolution of 1920x720 pixels. There are no questions about the quality of the dashboard, the data is read perfectly both at night and in the bright sun. On the dashboard, you can, as mentioned above, display a map, and it is even possible to stretch it to full screen and scale it to see detailed route data or points of interest nearby. The dashboard has three types of instrument display, which are changed from the settings from the main screen. It is also possible to display a list of contacts, radio stations and a playlist on it, and all control is carried out from the buttons and rollers on the steering wheel. There are also no questions about the controls on the steering wheel, the buttons are all quite large, and the scroll rollers are comfortable. It's nice that, unlike the A7/A8, the buttons on the A5 are matte, which is more convenient and practical.

The test car had a full set of driver assistants, there is a collision avoidance system, which, in the event of a critical situation, in its opinion, will close all windows and tighten the seat belts. Of course, there is also monitoring of blind spots with a visual warning on the mirror housing, which I consider the most convenient, since there you immediately see it with peripheral vision even before the moment you turn towards the mirror. Separately, I note the adaptive cruise control, which works flawlessly, very gently and correctly slowing down and accelerating the car and keeping in the stream no worse than a person does. The system also works in traffic jams, and it is just as correct and smooth, perfectly seeing even cars that wedged in at the last moment. It is complemented by a lane guidance system, which is quickly turned off by a button on the left steering column switch, which is necessary if the system suddenly becomes poorly oriented or you have a strong rut in the center of the road and you want to move off it.

The A5 also has a high-quality 360-degree view system with an excellent picture from the cameras and good image projection, which allows you to maneuver even in very small spaces. Of course, there is a parking assistance system and an intersection system that warns of traffic in a perpendicular direction and is able to stop the car on its own. And for novice drivers, an automatic parking system will come to the rescue, although it is worth considering that it requires a lot of free space around and will not be able to park in parallel on a narrow road, as it will constantly try to drive onto the curb.

For comfort, I liked the car, but with some reservations. It's quiet enough, but for some reason, tire noise makes its way into the cabin, plus you hear the clatter of gravel in the wheel arches and splashing water as you drive through puddles. The car is soft, the suspension copes well with small and medium-sized irregularities, but before something larger it is better to slow down properly, otherwise it will shake noticeably. In general, it is not bad according to these parameters, not ideal, of course, but in the city and on the highway there are no special questions for it. On boarding / disembarking, even despite the low roof, everything is not bad, but you need to be careful with the thresholds, since they are open and you can easily get your pants dirty.

The climate control in our car was three-zone, with a convenient separate control unit, as in its predecessor. The climate system works well in automatic mode, and comfortable handles with a very pleasant move can easily and quickly slightly lower or raise the temperature in the cabin, even blindly. As a warm option for the Russian winter, the A5 has a three-level heating of the front seats, which warms up the back and cushion well and quickly. And there is also a steering wheel heating with a convenient button on the steering wheel itself, which warms up the entire surface.

In Russia, the updated Audi A5 Sportback is available with only one 2-liter turbocharged petrol engine with a 12V "moderate hybrid" system, but in three versions - 35, 40, 45 TFSI, with a capacity of 150, 190 and 249 hp. respectively. The first two variants come with front-wheel drive only, while the most powerful version only comes with quattro ultra all-wheel drive. All cars are equipped with a 7-speed S tronic robotic gearbox.

We had the most powerful modification 45 TFSI, such a car accelerates to 100 km/h in 6 seconds. The control of the updated Audi A5 Sportback is very precise and obedient, from the first seconds you fully understand the car, and he understands you. You can safely enter the turns at speed, the car follows the given trajectory exactly, and the rolls are minimal. I would even compare the handling of the A5 to the BMW 3 Series as it is very similar. The robotic box shows itself just as worthy, it accurately and quickly selects the right gear, I didn’t notice any obvious failures in its work during the test. You can choose a driving mode that changes the character of the car, or you can drive in auto tuning mode, when the car itself adapts to your driving style.

The ground clearance is quite good for this class of car and is 160 mm. Off-road, of course, no one in their right mind will climb on a sportback, but in winter you can safely drive on uncleaned roads, and you can safely drive off to the primer. The only thing is that the car has a rather long and low front overhang, so you need to be careful when parking to curbs.

My fuel consumption in mixed mode turned out to be about 12 liters per 100 km, which is much more than the 7-7.1 liters per hundred declared by the manufacturer. As you can see, the "moderate hybrid" system in this case does not really help save fuel, although manufacturers are implementing it precisely for these needs.

Prices for the new Audi A5 Sportback in Russia start at 3,080,000 rubles, and the most powerful version will cost more than 3,500,000 rubles. Add options, and we will already get more than 4 million, and if we wind it up to the fullest, then the price will be such that it will be easier to look towards the larger Audi A7 Sportback.

2020 Audi A5 Sportback test. New, but not quite

The Audi A5 Sportback model was released in 2016, and in 2019 a restyled version was introduced, which reached our market in the fall of 2020. This car is a compromise between a classic coupe and a sedan / liftback. For those who want a sports car, but still need more comfort and space for all passengers.

There are not so many external differences between the new Audi A5 Sportback and the previous version, slightly different headlights and rear optics, a slightly different bumper. Despite minor changes, the updated model began to look more aggressive and evil, which is only good for this class of cars. The sportback design looks harmonious from all angles, and thanks to the low roof, the wide grin of the radiator grille and the smooth transition at the rear, the sporty spirit of the model is felt in the look.

Before:

New:

There are practically no changes in the cabin compared to the pre-styling version, everything remains in its place. You pay attention only to the larger display of the media system and the absence of a control washer on the central tunnel, since it is no longer necessary. Yes, the updated model did not receive a new solution with two displays and a glossy "ski" on the front panel in the appendage, this is all waiting for the A5 only with a generation change. But the interior is still quite modern and cozy, with signature features inherent in Audi cars. The only thing I would like to get is a slightly higher central tunnel in front to highlight the driver's area and give it a certain spirit of sportiness. Yes, and a large new display in the center on top does not look very relevant in our time and looks like a tablet that the owner has accumulated. There are no questions about materials and build quality, here leather, soft plastic, wood and metal. You will find hard plastic only in the lowest part of the cabin, which will not even be visible to you.

Before:

New:

Behind the wheel of an A5 Sportback with a height of 187 cm, I get comfortable, absolutely all the adjustments are enough with a margin. Despite the low roof and the presence of a sunroof in our car, I do not prop up the ceiling with my head. The optional seats in the test A5 are comfortable, with the correct profile, pronounced lateral support and adjustable cushion length, they do not get tired even on a long trip. For the front seats in the test car, a full package of electric adjustments was available, and for the driver's seat there was also a position memory. Also in our case, the driver's and front passenger's seats were equipped with a massage function, to activate which you had to press a button on the side of the seats, and then select the type of massage and its intensity on the media system screen. By the way, in the A5 I liked the seat massage, it is quite powerful and well felt, in the same A7 it is a little weaker.

According to the review, there are no special questions for the car, except that the side mirrors are small, made as such for the sake of design. But their small size is compensated by the presence of a blind spot monitoring system with a convenient and well-read indication in the mirror housing.

I can sit behind myself, but my knees are already resting on the back of the seat, and the top of my head touches the ceiling. For shorter people, it will be more comfortable there, and if the driver is also shorter, then it’s generally beautiful. There was enough space behind me for the child, so I had to move forward a little, which did not really affect my convenience as a driver. Isofix mounts are located at the edges of the rear sofa, they have free access, you just need to first remove the plastic plugs from them, which makes it easier to install a child seat. In general, in terms of space for rear passengers, the A5 can be compared with the BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-class, except that in the rear the roof is slightly lower in the rear due to body features.

With four full-fledged seats in the Audi A5 Sportback, there is also a decent-sized trunk with a volume of 465 liters. And by folding the backs of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which form a small hill, you can significantly increase the usable space for things. A dokatka is hidden under the floor. Power tailgate with dedicated button to completely close the car.

The updated A5 received a completely new media system, but with some reservations. So, the model does not have a second display responsible for setting the climate and other options, which is not scary, in my opinion. Also, the screen of the new sportback has only acoustic feedback, that is, when pressed, there is no vibration response, as, for example, in the A7 system, but there is only sound confirmation. Here, of course, it's a bit of a shame for the model, since the option is convenient.

The central screen is now 10.1 inches, against 8.5 inches in the previous version of the model, and the display resolution has also increased, which has become 1540x720 versus 1024x480 for its predecessor. Moreover, in the updated A5, the screen is now made using OLED technology, which has a positive effect on the perception of information on it and the display quality in various conditions.

Before:

New:

Good navigation is available in the car (option) with up-to-date maps, the ability to display traffic jams, with the search for parking at the end point of the route and the search for points of interest (shops, restaurants, pharmacies, etc.). To do this, the built-in LTE modem is activated, if you ordered it, or you need to connect the car to a Wi-Fi access point. The system builds the best route to bypass traffic jams, but sometimes it fails and you may be asked to turn off at an inconvenient exit or even take you under the “brick” sign.Built-in navigation provides both voice and visual guidance on the virtual dashboard, which can display the entire map, as well as on the head-up display, if you have one installed. Another of the interesting tips that are present even without route guidance is the vibration on the gas pedal, which is triggered if you exceed the speed limit (the system takes data from your maps) or approaching an intersection / sharp turn. All these tips are also duplicated visually on the dashboard screen in the Driver Assistants section.

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The system also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay platforms, the latter with wireless connectivity. They work flawlessly, only in some places in the city the wireless connection of the iPhone may fall off.

The Audi A5 Sportback has three USB-A and one Type-C ports for charging devices. Two in the front of the cabin, at the bottom of the front panel and in the armrest, and two in the back. There's also optional wireless charging in the front armrest, which isn't very convenient since you can't even quickly view notifications on your smartphone. Modern gadgets are charged from the on-board network of the car quite cheerfully, so even during a short trip you can have time to charge a completely dead device a little. Unfortunately, apart from in the armrest, the manufacturer did not provide a normal niche for gadgets, so it will not be possible to place large devices in the public domain.

Connecting smartphones via Bluetooth is no problem, everything goes quickly and smoothly, and there is also the possibility of simultaneously working with two devices at once. The speakerphone works great, the interlocutors will never complain that they can't hear you or even the passengers behind.

The virtual dashboard has a diagonal of 12.3 inches, it is also an OLED display with a resolution of 1920x720 pixels. There are no questions about the quality of the dashboard, the data is read perfectly both at night and in the bright sun. On the dashboard, you can, as mentioned above, display a map, and it is even possible to stretch it to full screen and scale it to see detailed route data or points of interest nearby. The dashboard has three types of instrument display, which are changed from the settings from the main screen. It is also possible to display a list of contacts, radio stations and a playlist on it, and all control is carried out from the buttons and rollers on the steering wheel. There are also no questions about the controls on the steering wheel, the buttons are all quite large, and the scroll rollers are comfortable. It's nice that, unlike the A7/A8, the buttons on the A5 are matte, which is more convenient and practical.

The test car had a full set of driver assistants, there is a collision avoidance system, which, in the event of a critical situation, in its opinion, will close all windows and tighten the seat belts. Of course, there is also monitoring of blind spots with a visual warning on the mirror housing, which I consider the most convenient, since there you immediately see it with peripheral vision even before the moment you turn towards the mirror. Separately, I note the adaptive cruise control, which works flawlessly, very gently and correctly slowing down and accelerating the car and keeping in the stream no worse than a person does. The system also works in traffic jams, and it is just as correct and smooth, perfectly seeing even cars that wedged in at the last moment. It is complemented by a lane guidance system, which is quickly turned off by a button on the left steering column switch, which is necessary if the system suddenly becomes poorly oriented or you have a strong rut in the center of the road and you want to move off it.

The A5 also has a high-quality 360-degree view system with an excellent picture from the cameras and good image projection, which allows you to maneuver even in very small spaces. Of course, there is a parking assistance system and an intersection system that warns of traffic in a perpendicular direction and is able to stop the car on its own. And for novice drivers, an automatic parking system will come to the rescue, although it is worth considering that it requires a lot of free space around and will not be able to park in parallel on a narrow road, as it will constantly try to drive onto the curb.

For comfort, I liked the car, but with some reservations. It's quiet enough, but for some reason, tire noise makes its way into the cabin, plus you hear the sound of gravel in the wheel arches and the splash of water when driving through puddles. The car is soft, the suspension copes well with small and medium-sized irregularities, but before something larger it is better to slow down properly, otherwise it will shake noticeably. In general, it is not bad according to these parameters, not ideal, of course, but in the city and on the highway there are no special questions for it. On boarding / disembarking, even despite the low roof, everything is not bad, but you need to be careful with the thresholds, since they are open and you can easily get your pants dirty.

The climate control in our car was three-zone, with a convenient separate control unit, as in its predecessor. The climate system works well in automatic mode, and comfortable handles with a very pleasant move can easily and quickly slightly lower or raise the temperature in the cabin, even blindly. As a warm option for the Russian winter, the A5 has a three-level heating of the front seats, which warms up the back and cushion well and quickly. There is also a steering wheel heating with a convenient button on the steering wheel itself, which warms up the entire surface.

In Russia, the updated Audi A5 Sportback is available with only one 2-liter turbocharged petrol engine with a 12V "moderate hybrid" system, but in three versions - 35, 40, 45 TFSI, with a capacity of 150, 190 and 249 hp. respectively. The first two variants come with front-wheel drive only, while the most powerful version only comes with quattro ultra all-wheel drive. All cars are equipped with a 7-speed S tronic robotic gearbox.

We had the most powerful modification 45 TFSI, such a car accelerates to 100 km/h in 6 seconds. The control of the updated Audi A5 Sportback is very precise and obedient, from the first seconds you fully understand the car, and he understands you. You can safely enter the turns at speed, the car follows the given trajectory exactly, and the rolls are minimal. I would even compare the handling of the A5 to the BMW 3 Series as it is very similar. The robotic box shows itself just as worthy, it accurately and quickly selects the right gear, I didn’t notice any obvious failures in its work during the test. You can choose a driving mode that changes the character of the car, or you can drive in auto tuning mode, when the car itself adapts to your driving style.

The ground clearance is quite good for this class of car and is 160 mm. Off-road, of course, no one in their right mind will climb on a sportback, but in winter you can safely drive on uncleaned roads, and you can safely drive off to the primer. The only thing is that the car has a rather long and low front overhang, so you need to be careful when parking to curbs.

My fuel consumption in mixed mode turned out to be about 12 liters per 100 km, which is much more than the 7-7.1 liters per hundred declared by the manufacturer. As you can see, the "moderate hybrid" system in this case does not really help save fuel, although manufacturers are implementing it precisely for these needs.

Prices for the new Audi A5 Sportback in Russia start at 3,080,000 rubles, and the most powerful version will cost more than 3,500,000 rubles. Add options, and we will already get more than 4 million, and if we wind it up to the fullest, then the price will be such that it will be easier to look towards the larger Audi A7 Sportback.

2020 Audi A5 Sportback test. New, but not quite

The Audi A5 Sportback model was released in 2016, and in 2019 a restyled version was introduced, which reached our market in the fall of 2020. This car is a compromise between a classic coupe and a sedan / liftback. For those who want a sports car, but still need more comfort and space for all passengers.

There are not so many external differences between the new Audi A5 Sportback and the previous version, slightly different headlights and rear optics, a slightly different bumper. Despite minor changes, the updated model began to look more aggressive and evil, which is only good for this class of cars. The sportback design looks harmonious from all angles, and thanks to the low roof, the wide grin of the radiator grille and the smooth transition at the rear, the sporty spirit of the model is felt in the look.

Before:

New:

There are practically no changes in the cabin compared to the pre-styling version, everything remains in its place. You pay attention only to the larger display of the media system and the absence of a control washer on the central tunnel, since it is no longer necessary. Yes, the updated model did not receive a new solution with two displays and a glossy "ski" on the front panel in the appendage, this is all waiting for the A5 only with a generation change. But the interior is still quite modern and cozy, with signature features inherent in Audi cars. The only thing I would like to get is a slightly higher central tunnel in front to highlight the driver's area and give it a certain spirit of sportiness. Yes, and a large new display in the center on top does not look very relevant in our time and looks like a tablet that the owner has accumulated. There are no questions about materials and build quality, here leather, soft plastic, wood and metal. You will find hard plastic only in the lowest part of the cabin, which will not even be visible to you.

Before:

New:

Behind the wheel of an A5 Sportback with a height of 187 cm, I get comfortable, absolutely all the adjustments are enough with a margin. Despite the low roof and the presence of a sunroof in our car, I do not prop up the ceiling with my head. The optional seats in the test A5 are comfortable, with the correct profile, pronounced lateral support and adjustable cushion length, they do not get tired even on a long trip. For the front seats in the test car, a full package of electric adjustments was available, and for the driver's seat there was also a position memory. Also in our case, the driver's and front passenger's seats were equipped with a massage function, to activate which you had to press a button on the side of the seats, and then select the type of massage and its intensity on the media system screen. By the way, in the A5 I liked the seat massage, it is quite powerful and well felt, in the same A7 it is a little weaker.

According to the review, there are no special questions for the car, except that the side mirrors are small, made as such for the sake of design. But their small size is compensated by the presence of a blind spot monitoring system with a convenient and well-read indication in the mirror housing.

I can sit behind myself, but my knees are already resting on the back of the seat, and the top of my head touches the ceiling. For shorter people, it will be more comfortable there, and if the driver is also shorter, then it’s generally beautiful. There was enough space behind me for the child, so I had to move forward a little, which did not really affect my convenience as a driver. Isofix mounts are located at the edges of the rear sofa, they have free access, you just need to first remove the plastic plugs from them, which makes it easier to install a child seat. In general, in terms of space for rear passengers, the A5 can be compared with the BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-class, except that in the rear the roof is slightly lower in the rear due to body features.

With four full-fledged seats in the Audi A5 Sportback, there is also a decent-sized trunk with a volume of 465 liters. And by folding the backs of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which form a small hill, you can significantly increase the usable space for things. A dokatka is hidden under the floor. Power tailgate with dedicated button to completely close the car.

The updated A5 received a completely new media system, but with some reservations. So, the model does not have a second display responsible for setting the climate and other options, which is not scary, in my opinion. Also, the screen of the new sportback has only acoustic feedback, that is, when pressed, there is no vibration response, as, for example, in the A7 system, but there is only sound confirmation. Here, of course, it's a bit of a shame for the model, since the option is convenient.

The central screen is now 10.1 inches, against 8.5 inches in the previous version of the model, and the display resolution has also increased, which has become 1540x720 versus 1024x480 for its predecessor. Moreover, in the updated A5, the screen is now made using OLED technology, which has a positive effect on the perception of information on it and the display quality in various conditions.

Before:

New:

Good navigation is available in the car (option) with up-to-date maps, the ability to display traffic jams, with the search for parking at the end point of the route and the search for points of interest (shops, restaurants, pharmacies, etc.). To do this, the built-in LTE modem is activated, if you ordered it, or you need to connect the car to a Wi-Fi access point. The system builds the best route to bypass traffic jams, but sometimes it fails and you may be asked to turn off at an inconvenient exit or even take you under the “brick” sign.Built-in navigation provides both voice and visual guidance on the virtual dashboard, which can display the entire map, as well as on the head-up display, if you have one installed. Another of the interesting tips that are present even without route guidance is the vibration on the gas pedal, which is triggered if you exceed the speed limit (the system takes data from your maps) or approaching an intersection / sharp turn. All these hints are also duplicated visually on the dashboard screen in the Driver Assistants section.

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The system also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay platforms, the latter with wireless connectivity. They work flawlessly, only in some places in the city the wireless connection of the iPhone may fall off.

The Audi A5 Sportback has three USB-A and one Type-C ports for charging devices. Two in the front of the cabin, at the bottom of the front panel and in the armrest, and two in the back. There's also optional wireless charging in the front armrest, which isn't very convenient since you can't even quickly view notifications on your smartphone. Modern gadgets are charged from the on-board network of the car quite cheerfully, so even during a short trip you can have time to charge a completely dead device a little. Unfortunately, apart from in the armrest, the manufacturer did not provide a normal niche for gadgets, so it will not be possible to place large devices in the public domain.

Connecting smartphones via Bluetooth is no problem, everything goes quickly and smoothly, and there is also the possibility of simultaneously working with two devices at once. The speakerphone works great, the interlocutors will never complain that they can't hear you or even the passengers behind.

The virtual dashboard has a diagonal of 12.3 inches, it is also an OLED display with a resolution of 1920x720 pixels. There are no questions about the quality of the dashboard, the data is read perfectly both at night and in the bright sun. On the dashboard, you can, as mentioned above, display a map, and it is even possible to stretch it to full screen and scale it to see detailed route data or points of interest nearby. The dashboard has three types of instrument display, which are changed from the settings from the main screen. It is also possible to display a list of contacts, radio stations and a playlist on it, and all control is carried out from the buttons and rollers on the steering wheel. There are also no questions about the controls on the steering wheel, the buttons are all quite large, and the scroll rollers are comfortable. It's nice that, unlike the A7/A8, the buttons on the A5 are matte, which is more convenient and practical.

The test car had a full set of driver assistants, there is a collision avoidance system, which, in the event of a critical situation, in its opinion, will close all windows and tighten the seat belts. Of course, there is also monitoring of blind spots with a visual warning on the mirror housing, which I consider the most convenient, since there you immediately see it with peripheral vision even before the moment you turn towards the mirror. Separately, I note the adaptive cruise control, which works flawlessly, very gently and correctly slowing down and accelerating the car and keeping in the stream no worse than a person does. The system also works in traffic jams, and it is just as correct and smooth, perfectly seeing even cars that wedged in at the last moment. It is complemented by a lane guidance system, which is quickly turned off by a button on the left steering column switch, which is necessary if the system suddenly becomes poorly oriented or you have a strong rut in the center of the road and you want to move off it.

The A5 also has a high-quality 360-degree view system with an excellent picture from the cameras and good image projection, which allows you to maneuver even in very small spaces. Of course, there is a parking assistance system and an intersection system that warns of traffic in a perpendicular direction and is able to stop the car on its own. And for novice drivers, an automatic parking system will come to the rescue, although it is worth considering that it requires a lot of free space around and will not be able to park in parallel on a narrow road, as it will constantly try to drive onto the curb.

For comfort, I liked the car, but with some reservations. It's quiet enough, but for some reason, tire noise makes its way into the cabin, plus you hear the clatter of gravel in the wheel arches and splashing water as you drive through puddles. The car is soft, the suspension copes well with small and medium-sized irregularities, but before something larger it is better to slow down properly, otherwise it will shake noticeably. In general, it is not bad according to these parameters, not ideal, of course, but in the city and on the highway there are no special questions for it. On boarding / disembarking, even despite the low roof, everything is not bad, but you need to be careful with the thresholds, since they are open and you can easily get your pants dirty.

The climate control in our car was three-zone, with a convenient separate control unit, as in its predecessor. The climate system works well in automatic mode, and comfortable handles with a very pleasant move can easily and quickly slightly lower or raise the temperature in the cabin, even blindly. As a warm option for the Russian winter, the A5 has a three-level heating of the front seats, which warms up the back and cushion well and quickly. There is also a steering wheel heating with a convenient button on the steering wheel itself, which warms up the entire surface.

In Russia, the updated Audi A5 Sportback is available with only one 2-liter turbocharged petrol engine with a 12V "moderate hybrid" system, but in three versions - 35, 40, 45 TFSI, with a capacity of 150, 190 and 249 hp. respectively. The first two variants come with front-wheel drive only, while the most powerful version only comes with quattro ultra all-wheel drive. All cars are equipped with a 7-speed S tronic robotic gearbox.

We had the most powerful modification 45 TFSI, such a car accelerates to 100 km/h in 6 seconds. The control of the updated Audi A5 Sportback is very precise and obedient, from the first seconds you fully understand the car, and he understands you. You can safely enter the turns at speed, the car follows the given trajectory exactly, and the rolls are minimal. I would even compare the handling of the A5 to the BMW 3 Series as it is very similar. The robotic box shows itself just as worthy, it accurately and quickly selects the right gear, I didn’t notice any obvious failures in its work during the test. You can choose a driving mode that changes the character of the car, or you can drive in auto tuning mode, when the car itself adapts to your driving style.

The ground clearance is quite good for this class of car and is 160 mm. Off-road, of course, no one in their right mind will climb on a sportback, but in winter you can safely drive on uncleaned roads, and you can safely drive off to the primer. The only thing is that the car has a rather long and low front overhang, so you need to be careful when parking to curbs.

My fuel consumption in mixed mode turned out to be about 12 liters per 100 km, which is much more than the 7-7.1 liters per hundred declared by the manufacturer. As you can see, the "moderate hybrid" system in this case does not really help save fuel, although manufacturers are implementing it precisely for these needs.

Prices for the new Audi A5 Sportback in Russia start at 3,080,000 rubles, and the most powerful version will cost more than 3,500,000 rubles. Add options, and we will already get more than 4 million, and if we wind it up to the fullest, then the price will be such that it will be easier to look towards the larger Audi A7 Sportback.

2020 Audi A5 Sportback test. New, but not quite

The Audi A5 Sportback model was released in 2016, and in 2019 a restyled version was introduced, which reached our market in the fall of 2020. This car is a compromise between a classic coupe and a sedan / liftback. For those who want a sports car, but still need more comfort and space for all passengers.

There are not so many external differences between the new Audi A5 Sportback and the previous version, slightly different headlights and rear optics, a slightly different bumper. Despite minor changes, the updated model began to look more aggressive and evil, which is only good for this class of cars. The sportback design looks harmonious from all angles, and thanks to the low roof, the wide grin of the radiator grille and the smooth transition at the rear, the sporty spirit of the model is felt in the look.

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There are practically no changes in the cabin compared to the pre-styling version, everything remains in its place. You pay attention only to the larger display of the media system and the absence of a control washer on the central tunnel, since it is no longer necessary. Yes, the updated model did not receive a new solution with two displays and a glossy "ski" on the front panel in the appendage, this is all waiting for the A5 only with a generation change. But the interior is still quite modern and cozy, with signature features inherent in Audi cars. The only thing I would like to get is a slightly higher central tunnel in front to highlight the driver's area and give it a certain spirit of sportiness. Yes, and a large new display in the center on top does not look very relevant in our time and looks like a tablet that the owner has accumulated. There are no questions about materials and build quality, here leather, soft plastic, wood and metal. You will find hard plastic only in the lowest part of the cabin, which will not even be visible to you.

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Behind the wheel of an A5 Sportback with a height of 187 cm, I get comfortable, absolutely all the adjustments are enough with a margin. Despite the low roof and the presence of a sunroof in our car, I do not prop up the ceiling with my head. The optional seats in the test A5 are comfortable, with the correct profile, pronounced lateral support and adjustable cushion length, they do not get tired even on a long trip. For the front seats in the test car, a full package of electric adjustments was available, and for the driver's seat there was also a position memory. Also in our case, the driver's and front passenger's seats were equipped with a massage function, to activate which you had to press a button on the side of the seats, and then select the type of massage and its intensity on the media system screen. By the way, in the A5 I liked the seat massage, it is quite powerful and well felt, in the same A7 it is a little weaker.

According to the review, there are no special questions for the car, except that the side mirrors are small, made as such for the sake of design. But their small size is compensated by the presence of a blind spot monitoring system with a convenient and well-read indication in the mirror housing.

I can sit behind myself, but my knees are already resting on the back of the seat, and the top of my head touches the ceiling. For shorter people, it will be more comfortable there, and if the driver is also shorter, then it’s generally beautiful. There was enough space behind me for the child, so I had to move forward a little, which did not really affect my convenience as a driver. Isofix mounts are located at the edges of the rear sofa, they have free access, you just need to first remove the plastic plugs from them, which makes it easier to install a child seat. In general, in terms of space for rear passengers, the A5 can be compared with the BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-class, except that in the rear the roof is slightly lower in the rear due to body features.

With four full-fledged seats in the Audi A5 Sportback, there is also a decent-sized trunk with a volume of 465 liters. And by folding the backs of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which form a small hill, you can significantly increase the usable space for things. A dokatka is hidden under the floor. Power tailgate with dedicated button to completely close the car.

The updated A5 received a completely new media system, but with some reservations. So, the model does not have a second display responsible for setting the climate and other options, which is not scary, in my opinion. Also, the screen of the new sportback has only acoustic feedback, that is, when pressed, there is no vibration response, as, for example, in the A7 system, but there is only sound confirmation. Here, of course, it's a bit of a shame for the model, since the option is convenient.

The central screen is now 10.1 inches, against 8.5 inches in the previous version of the model, and the display resolution has also increased, which has become 1540x720 versus 1024x480 for its predecessor. Moreover, in the updated A5, the screen is now made using OLED technology, which has a positive effect on the perception of information on it and the display quality in various conditions.

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Good navigation is available in the car (option) with up-to-date maps, the ability to display traffic jams, with the search for parking at the end point of the route and the search for points of interest (shops, restaurants, pharmacies, etc.). To do this, the built-in LTE modem is activated, if you ordered it, or you need to connect the car to a Wi-Fi access point. The system builds the best route to bypass traffic jams, but sometimes it fails and you may be asked to turn off at an inconvenient exit or even take you under the “brick” sign.Built-in navigation provides both voice and visual guidance on the virtual dashboard, which can display the entire map, as well as on the head-up display, if you have one installed. Another of the interesting tips that are present even without route guidance is the vibration on the gas pedal, which is triggered if you exceed the speed limit (the system takes data from your maps) or approaching an intersection / sharp turn. All these tips are also duplicated visually on the dashboard screen in the Driver Assistants section.

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TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

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The system also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay platforms, the latter with wireless connectivity. They work flawlessly, only in some places in the city the wireless connection of the iPhone may fall off.

The Audi A5 Sportback has three USB-A and one Type-C ports for charging devices. Two in the front of the cabin, at the bottom of the front panel and in the armrest, and two in the back. There's also optional wireless charging in the front armrest, which isn't very convenient since you can't even quickly view notifications on your smartphone. Modern gadgets are charged from the on-board network of the car quite cheerfully, so even during a short trip you can have time to charge a completely dead device a little. Unfortunately, apart from in the armrest, the manufacturer did not provide a normal niche for gadgets, so it will not be possible to place large devices in the public domain.

Connecting smartphones via Bluetooth is no problem, everything goes quickly and smoothly, and there is also the possibility of simultaneously working with two devices at once. The speakerphone works great, the interlocutors will never complain that they can't hear you or even the passengers behind.

The virtual dashboard has a diagonal of 12.3 inches, it is also an OLED display with a resolution of 1920x720 pixels. There are no questions about the quality of the dashboard, the data is read perfectly both at night and in the bright sun. On the dashboard, you can, as mentioned above, display a map, and it is even possible to stretch it to full screen and scale it to see detailed route data or points of interest nearby. The dashboard has three types of instrument display, which are changed from the settings from the main screen. It is also possible to display a list of contacts, radio stations and a playlist on it, and all control is carried out from the buttons and rollers on the steering wheel. There are also no questions about the controls on the steering wheel, the buttons are all quite large, and the scroll rollers are comfortable. It's nice that, unlike the A7/A8, the buttons on the A5 are matte, which is more convenient and practical.

The test car had a full set of driver assistants, there is a collision avoidance system, which, in the event of a critical situation, in its opinion, will close all windows and tighten the seat belts. Of course, there is also monitoring of blind spots with a visual warning on the mirror housing, which I consider the most convenient, since there you immediately see it with peripheral vision even before the moment you turn towards the mirror. Separately, I note the adaptive cruise control, which works flawlessly, very gently and correctly slowing down and accelerating the car and keeping in the stream no worse than a person does. The system also works in traffic jams, and it is just as correct and smooth, perfectly seeing even cars that wedged in at the last moment. It is complemented by a lane guidance system, which is quickly turned off by a button on the left steering column switch, which is necessary if the system suddenly becomes poorly oriented or you have a strong rut in the center of the road and you want to move off it.

The A5 also has a high-quality 360-degree view system with an excellent picture from the cameras and good image projection, which allows you to maneuver even in very small spaces. Of course, there is a parking assistance system and an intersection system that warns of traffic in a perpendicular direction and is able to stop the car on its own. And for novice drivers, an automatic parking system will come to the rescue, although it is worth considering that it requires a lot of free space around and will not be able to park in parallel on a narrow road, as it will constantly try to drive onto the curb.

For comfort, I liked the car, but with some reservations. It's quiet enough, but for some reason, tire noise makes its way into the cabin, plus you hear the clatter of gravel in the wheel arches and splashing water as you drive through puddles. The car is soft, the suspension copes well with small and medium-sized irregularities, but before something larger it is better to slow down properly, otherwise it will shake noticeably. In general, it is not bad according to these parameters, not ideal, of course, but in the city and on the highway there are no special questions for it. On boarding / disembarking, even despite the low roof, everything is not bad, but you need to be careful with the thresholds, since they are open and you can easily get your pants dirty.

The climate control in our car was three-zone, with a convenient separate control unit, as in its predecessor. The climate system works well in automatic mode, and comfortable handles with a very pleasant move can easily and quickly slightly lower or raise the temperature in the cabin, even blindly. As a warm option for the Russian winter, the A5 has a three-level heating of the front seats, which warms up the back and cushion well and quickly. And there is also a steering wheel heating with a convenient button on the steering wheel itself, which warms up the entire surface.

In Russia, the updated Audi A5 Sportback is available with only one 2-liter turbocharged petrol engine with a 12V "moderate hybrid" system, but in three versions - 35, 40, 45 TFSI, with a capacity of 150, 190 and 249 hp. respectively. The first two variants come with front-wheel drive only, while the most powerful version only comes with quattro ultra all-wheel drive. All cars are equipped with a 7-speed S tronic robotic gearbox.

We had the most powerful modification 45 TFSI, such a car accelerates to 100 km/h in 6 seconds. The control of the updated Audi A5 Sportback is very precise and obedient, from the first seconds you fully understand the car, and he understands you. You can safely enter the turns at speed, the car follows the given trajectory exactly, and the rolls are minimal. I would even compare the handling of the A5 to the BMW 3 Series as it is very similar. The robotic box shows itself just as worthy, it accurately and quickly selects the right gear, I didn’t notice any obvious failures in its work during the test. You can choose a driving mode that changes the character of the car, or drive in automatic tuning mode, where the car itself adapts to your driving style.

We had the most powerful modification 45 TFSI, such a car accelerates to 100 km / h in 6 seconds. The control of the updated Audi A5 Sportback is very precise and obedient, from the first seconds you fully understand the car, and he understands you. You can safely enter the turns at speed, the car follows the given trajectory exactly, and the rolls are minimal. I would even compare the handling of the A5 to the BMW 3 Series as it is very similar. The robotic box shows itself just as worthy, it accurately and quickly selects the right gear, I didn’t notice any obvious failures in its work during the test. You can select a driving mode that changes the character of the car, or you can drive in automatic tuning, when the car itself adapts to your driving style.

The ground clearance is quite good for this class of car and is 160 mm. Off-road, of course, no one in their right mind will climb on a sportback, but in winter you can safely drive on uncleaned roads, and you can safely drive off to the primer. The only thing is that the car has a rather long and low front overhang, so you need to be careful when parking to curbs.

My fuel consumption in mixed mode turned out to be about 12 liters per 100 km, which is much more than the 7-7.1 liters per hundred declared by the manufacturer. As you can see, the "moderate hybrid" system in this case does not really help save fuel, although manufacturers are implementing it precisely for these needs.

Prices for the new Audi A5 Sportback in Russia start at 3,080,000 rubles, and the most powerful version will cost more than 3,500,000 rubles. Add options, and we will already get more than 4 million, and if we wind it up to the fullest, then the price will be such that it will be easier to look towards the larger Audi A7 Sportback.