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by Matt Brogan

The all new Audi A5 Sportback has arrived in Australia. Offering Audi’s benchmark quality in an all new design, based on the A5 coupe while adding five doors and the added bonus of a load carrying wagon with the comfort of a sedan.

Priced at $78,400 for the 2.0 TFSI and $89,100 for the 3.0 TDI, the A5 Sportback is expected to be popular with Australian buyers according to Audi’s managing director, Joerg Hofmann.

“It seems that once again Audi has managed to successfully combine conflicting traits, blending emotional design with a car that is functional in terms of space, even offering a very large rear tailgate for ease of access. It looks beautiful. It drives very well. It is a great car for a family, for everyday use and I believe it will sell very well Downunder,” Mr Hofmann said.
“It will be our volume-selling model in the A5 segment and will make a significant contribution to our sixth record year of sales in 2010.”

The Sportback design was first seen on the A3, the latest design has four frameless doors and a large rear hatch for easy boot access.

The interior has space for four as well as a large luggage compartment that can increase from 480 to 980 litres when the rear seats are folded.
Australia will see the A5 Sportback offered with two engines, the 2.0 TFSI and the 3.0 TDI, quattro all-wheel-drive and S tronic will be standard. 2.0 TFSI has 155kW of power with 350NM of torque available from 1,500 -4,200rpm. With a zero to 100km/h in 6.6 seconds with a fuel consumption of 7.5 litres per 100km.
The 3.0 TDI has 176kW of power with 500Nm of torque between 1,500-3,000rpm. Zero to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds with a fuel consumption of just 6.6 litres per 100km.

Both versions are equipped with a recuperation system that recovers energy while braking and deceleration, this energy is stored in the battery.
Audi’s A5 Sportback joins the A5 Coupe and cabriolet range. Also on the cards is an S5 Sportback with a 3.0 TFSI engine priced around $130,000.




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