A roomy hatchback – at a price

2010-06-07 13:20

Is it a station wagon? Is it a coupé? Or is it a sedan? The Audi A5 Sportback has got people scratching their heads.

The German car maker says the Sportback shows off the elegance of a coupé, the comfort of a sedan and the practicality of a station wagon. So basically, it’s a three-in-one.

The car looks exactly like an A4 from the outside because, let’s face it, you can’t really tell which Audi is which – except the R8 – when you line them up.

With a price tag of R512 000 for the TDI model, it’s a pricey hatchback.

I drove the 3.0 litre V6 TDI (diesel) engine, and with 175kW of power and 500Nm of yummy torque, the car offered enjoyable driving. Just make sure you don’t push it to ridiculous speeds because then it starts to feel unsteady.

Because of the C-shaped stretched lines, the beefy wheels frame the wheel arches – suiting the body well. The swooping lines extend to the very back of the car, almost fusing the lines with the boot lid and rear-light clusters.

Quick Stats
Audi A5 Sportback
Engine: 3.0 V6 TDI
Power: 195kW
Torque: 500Nm
Fuel consumption: 6.6l/100km
Price: R511 500

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