The powerful, family-friendly new A5 Quattro

The A5 has a sportier look and is larger than the previous version of the A5 Quattro that was launched in 2013

by AFIQ AZIZ/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

FOR many, it would be hard to associate sporty cars with a family-friendly design. This is not the case for the new five-door Audi A5 Sportback TFSI Quattro.

The all-wheel-drive Quattro is powered by a two-litre (L) turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 252hp at 5,000rpm to 6,000 rpm and 370Nm of torque from 1,600rpm to 4,500 rpm, paired with a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission.

The new Audi A5 —which was unveiled in the Malaysian market this year — is built at the Ingolstadt site in Germany and is now available for RM339,000 on-the-road without insurance.

At 4.7m in length, the A5 has a sportier look and is larger than the previous version of the A5 Quattro that was launched in 2013.

The new five-door A5 coupé blends elegant, emotional design with high functionality and ample interior comfort.

The second-generation car comes with a completely reengineered suspension, high-performance drive and innovative driver assistance systems.

Although it is low to the ground — the Germany- made vehicle offers spacious legroom for both driver and passengers — making it comfortable for accompanying family members.

The cabin offers the latest infotainment features. The A5 Quattro is a powerful enough family car that could manoeuvre the city and highways efficiently.

The infotainment and Audi connect for the A5 Sportback is suited with multi-media interface navigation and touch

Interior and Features

The new Audi A5 Sportback has grown significantly inside. Its interior length has gained 17mm, the shoulder room for the driver and front passenger up to 11 mm and the rear knee room 24mm.

The sophisticated materials, precision of fit and colour in the interior are typical of Audi, giving a relaxing mood while driving.

The car is equipped with 480L of luggage capacity and offers the option of sensor control for opening and closing the standard-fit electric luggage compartment lid.

The cabin also features the all-new operating and display concept, including free-text search, allowing the driver to control all functions effortlessly and intuitively.

As an alternative to the standard-fit analogue instrument dials, there is the Audi virtual cockpit.

The infotainment and Audi connect for the A5 Sportback is suited with multi-media interface navigation and touch. It helps in the driving mode despite no real data fixed in the system.

This is the standard for Malaysia — and includes features such as 10GB of flash storage, a DVD drive and an 8.3-inch monitor with a resolution of 1,024×480 pixels.

Driving the new A5 is a comfortable experience with its 7-speed semiauto gearbox transmitting power seamlessly to the rear wheels

The Drive, Good and Bad

Suspension-wise, the wide track and comparatively long wheelbase are key features of the balanced, sporty suspension tuning. The track width is 1.59m at the front and 1.57m at the rear.

Driving the new A5 is a comfortable experience with its 7-speed semiauto gearbox transmitting power seamlessly to the rear wheels.

The adaptive dampers are integrated into the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

They make for a driving experience that is both dynamic and comfortable. The new electromechanical power steering provides better road feedback and steering precision.

The car can reach 100kph in six seconds and has a top speed of 250kph.

If you select the dynamic Audi drive, it would give a more stable and strong manoeuvring experience on the highways as well as at sharp corners and uneven roadways.

“Comfortable” selection is also available for a more comfy drive. Other selections include Individual, Auto and Efficiency.

The only setback that I experienced with the new Audi A5 was the tyre and road noise, clearly heard and felt in the cabin.

In terms of efficiency, the sporty saloon’s fuel economy stands at 6.5L/100km.

Based on my driving, which was not more than a 350km journey, the 57.9L tank capacity dried by three quarters in the two-day drive.

That said, this new A5 is comfortable and a nice car to drive. The exterior design clearly gives one the impression that it was carefully engineered and constructed.

The Audi designers have brought together dramatic shapes and athletically taut surfaces in the design of the new A5 Sportback.

The stretched wheelbase, the short overhangs and the long, wraparound front lid with power dome emphasise the dynamism of the five-door coupé.

The three-dimensionally modelled singleframe grille is significantly flatter and wider than on the previous model.

The A5 Sportback has a solid feel of a big car, spacious, yet easy to drive on narrow roads and to enter the parking space.

The new A5 is a direct competitor to the BMW 430i Coupé and Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupé, both two-door only, and priced beyond the RM400,000 mark.

The A5 with its very competitive price position is key for Audi’s return to the Malaysian premium segment, according to Euromobil Sdn Bhd CEO Jack Zaal.

With 17 years of experience in carrying the Audi brand, Euromobil currently has four branches throughout the country with three of them one-stop centre for sales and after-sales services.