In the apple of entry-level luxury-sport sedans, the 2021 S5 Sportback puts up aggressive after-effects at our analysis clue but avalanche abbreviate of its rivals in active engagement. The Sportback sits in amid the added aged A5 Sportback and the RS5 Sportback rocket ship. Under the S5 Sportback’s awning lives a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 cranking out a advantageous 349 horsepower, which is beatific to all four auto via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. While it offers quick dispatch and active handling, the S5 Sportback ultimately fails to accelerate us in the aforementioned way that both the Mercedes-AMG C43 and BMW M340i do. The S5 Sportback offers added acumen than those action sedans, however, acknowledgment to its cleverly chip hatchback; the jumpsuit rear liftgate opens to acknowledge a ample burden area, authoritative it a added anatomic another to its auto and convertible brethren.
The S5 Sportback gets added appearance as accepted in assorted trims and bales for the 2021 archetypal year. All S5 trims get Audi’s smartphone interface with wireless Apple CarPlay, lane abandonment warning, and an chip toll-road acquittal manual affection as accepted equipment. A acrimonious council caster and advanced and rear parking sensors are now included with the Convenience Package, which already congenital keyless ignition, blind-spot ecology and acrimonious ancillary mirrors. The Premium Plus trim akin adds adaptive cruise ascendancy with lane-keeping abetment and a top appearance camera as accepted for 2021. The top-level Prestige trim gets accepted acrimonious rear seats for the 2021 archetypal year.
We’d go with the mid-level Premium Plus archetypal which, accepting added alike added accepted appearance for the 2021 archetypal year, appears to action a adorable antithesis of account for the price. Items such as a 12.3-inch agenda barometer display, blind-spot ecology with rear cross-traffic alert, congenital navigation, acquiescent entry, a wireless smartphone charging pad, covering upholstery, massaging advanced seats, and advanced and rear automatic emergency braking are all standard. The alone options we’d splurge on are performance-enhancing ones. The Atramentous Optic amalgamation (black exoteric trim, 20-inch wheels, achievement summer tires) and the S Action amalgamation (red anchor calipers, adaptive dampers, and a torque-vectoring rear differential) both accompany forth abundant upgrades to decidedly advance the administration of the S5; it doesn’t aching that these bales accomplish the car attending acknowledgment too.
Displacing 3.0 liters, the turbo V-6 is added able and torquier than the supercharged agent that came in the last-generation S5. It accelerates rapidly from a stop, and overtaking added drivers on the artery is effortless. While it trails the Mercedes-AMG C43’s 4.1-second zero-to- 60 mph time, the aftermost S5 archetypal we activated still managed an absorbing 4.3-second sprint. The eight-speed automatic manual performs admirably, but its alternative for second-gear starts aback in Comfort approach exacerbates the engine’s antecedent turbo lag and renders the S5 asleep off the mark. Tap the Drive Select about-face out of Comfort approach and into Dynamic or Auto mode, however, and the S5 Sportback comes to life, agilely leave the band in aboriginal gear. Similarly, the manual is afraid to downshift Comfort mode. Again, swapping to Dynamic or Auto abundantly rectifies this issue. Our analysis car was able with both the-optional 19-inch achievement tires and the S Action package, which includes a torque-vectoring rear cogwheel and adaptive dampers. These pieces calm accommodate the S5 Sportback with a close but affectionate ride and a lot of cornering grip.
The EPA estimates the 2021 S5 Sportback will acquire 20/27 mpg city/highway. Those numbers are bottomward from the antecedent archetypal year aback the Audi was rated at 21/30 mpg. While we haven’t activated a 2021 S5 Sportback on our real-world artery fuel-economy route, the aftermost one we evaluated alternate 33 mpg during that test.
The S5 Sportback’s autogenous appearance high-quality materials, best fit-and-.finish, and an ergonomically affable design. In animosity of its low roofline, the Sportback is about spacious. Those gluttonous alike added autogenous amplitude will be bigger served by the beneath swoopy but mechanically identical Audi S4 sedan, which includes about 0.5 inch added legroom for rear-seat passengers. Every S5 Sportback appearance luxuries such as advanced seats with heating and beating functions, three-zone altitude control, a sunroof, and acquiescent access with push-button start. Acknowledgment to its auto anatomy style, the Sportback is impressively able and has one of the roomiest trunks in this segment. We fit six attache accoutrements into the aback with the rear seats up and a whopping 16 with the seats folded. Cabin accumulator amplitude for abate items such as phones and sunglasses is limited, which is boilerplate for the class.
The S5 Sportback comes accepted with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, which replaces an 8.3-inch centermost screen. The new arrangement is still accessible with congenital aeronautics and wireless accessory charging, but it no best includes a rotary ambassador on the centermost animate that was added automatic than blow inputs. Appearance such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, articulation control, and Bluetooth buzz and audio are standard.
The 2021 S5 Sportback has yet to be crash-tested by the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS). Audi provides assorted accepted and alternative driver-assistance technology for all trim levels of the S5 lineup. The 2021 archetypal year sees lane abandonment admonishing as a accepted affection on the S5 and college trim levels get alike added accepted assurance features. Key assurance appearance include:
The S5 Sportback’s assurance is boilerplate for the class, and its adulatory appointed aliment aeon doesn’t aftermost as continued as those of a cardinal of added manufacturers, including BMW and Jaguar.
2020 Audi S5 Sportback
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
BASE PRICE Premium, $52,895; Premium Plus, $55,395; Prestige, $61,295
ENGINE TYPE turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-V-6, aluminum block and heads, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement 183 in3, 2998 cm3Power 349 hp @ 6200 rpmTorque 369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 111.1 inLength: 187.3 inWidth: 72.5 inHeight: 54.5 inPassenger volume: 91 ft3Cargo volume: 22 ft3Curb weight (C/D est): 4050 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST) 60 mph: 4.2 sec100 mph: 10.8 sec¼-mile: 12.8 secTop acceleration (governor limited, mfr’s claim): 155 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST) Combined/city/highway: 23/20/27 mpg
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