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2021 Audi A5 Sportback

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Audi A5 Sportback highlights

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Pros

  • A second, lower hp version of the Sportback has been added for 2021
  • Good cargo space, especially compared to other A5 models
  • Stylish, attractive interior

Cons

  • Limited interior storage beyond the cargo space

Mileage (EPA estimate)

24 city, 31 highway, 27 combined

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Proof that practicality can be cool

Can the stylish luxury of a sedan translate to a hatchback? The short answer is yes; the 2021 Audi A5 Sportback proves this. It takes all the elegance, grace, and substance of the sedan or convertible versions of the A5 and adds more cargo space and a small amount of additional practicality, without skimping on cool points.

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2021 Audi A5 Sportback trims

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Premium:

Premium S-Line:

  • Includes all features available on the Premium
  • 261-hp, 273-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Parking Sensors
  • Panoramic Sunroof

Premium Plus:

Premium Plus S-Line:

  • Includes all features available on the Premium Plus
  • No significant upgrades found on the Premium Plus S-Line

Prestige:

  • Includes all features available on the Premium Plus S-Line
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • A/C Seats
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • Navigation System

S-Line Prestige:

  • Includes all features available on the Prestige
  • No significant upgrades found on the S-Line Prestige

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Audi A5 Sportback

1. A second option for 2021 

For 2021, Audi offered a second version of the A5 Sportback, so make sure you know what you’re signing up for if you come across a model from this year. The additional version has fewer horsepower but otherwise, it's the same vehicle. While the standard engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder producing 261 hp, the extra version is the same type but produces 201 hp, which is still plenty of power for this type of car. 

2. Three trim levels 

The 2021 Audi A5 Sportback comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The Premium Sportback includes leather upholstery, heated seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a power trunk lid as standard, which is pretty luxurious in itself. If you want more, however, Premium Plus adds a surround-view parking camera system and a larger 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, while the Prestige pushes the envelope even further with a heads-up display and traffic sign recognition. 

3. Cargo space 

The 2021 Audi A5 Sportback offers an impressive amount of cargo space for the small car segment. While the other versions of the A5 have significantly smaller trunks, the Sportback offers 21.8 cu-ft of space behind the rear seats and 35 cu-ft with the rear seats folded. That’s more than enough space for a generous amount of luggage or a couple of particularly hefty shopping trips.  

4. Comfort that exceeds the other A5s 

The 2021 Audi A5 Sportback, as a hatchback, prioritizes comfort a little more than the coupe and cabriolet models of the A5 do. It seats five, while the others seat four, and the front seats are spacious and heavily cushioned. The back seats, like many small cars, offer less room, but the Sportback does have the biggest rear seats of the A5 body styles. They’re still roomy enough and will allow most adults to sit comfortably. 

5. Smart interior 

The interior design of the 2021 Audi A5 Sportback is particularly sharp – one of the best in its class. It’s modern, grown up, luxurious, and filled with high-quality materials throughout. It’s also quiet, thanks to the excellence of the aforementioned interior materials. Additionally, there’s an appealing 10-inch high-resolution display for the infotainment system, which is clear and easy to navigate, and wireless Apple CarPlay® connectivity now comes as standard. While Android Auto isn’t supported, there is a USB cable connection to enable that. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

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Excellent

RepairPal gave the Audi A5 Sportback an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Audi A5 Sportback 6th out of 68 among Luxury Midsize Cars.

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Audi A5 Sportback features and specs

S-Line Premium 4WD/AWD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key

Drive Wheels

All Wheel (4WD/AWD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

261

Torque (ft-lbs)

273

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

15.3

Wheelbase

111.2"

Overall length

187.2"

Width

72.6"

Height

54.6"

Leg room

F 41.3"/R 35.1"

Head room

F 37.8"/R 37"

Front tires

P245/40HR18

Rear tires

P245/40HR18

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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