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Audi’s constant need to fill every imaginable niche in the market is the result of such a car.

02 Apr 2010

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Such a car, being another four door-ed machine the designers have boldly claimed to be a coupe.

Reserved exclusively for two door models with a hard top, the term has been ‘misused’ in recent times ever since Mercedes-Benz launched their CLS model back in 2004. Followed by BMW’s mid-sized luxury crossover, the X6, and now with Audi’s A5 Sportback.

Not to say that people are complaining too much about it though.

Apart from confusing some of us, the CLS range has become one of Mercedes-Benz’s best sellers while the Bavarian’s X6, although letting go of only several units, still enjoyed relative success with their conservative sales targets.

So will the A5 Sportback be any different?

It could. But problem is, people are mistaking the Sportback for the smaller Coupe.

And that’s the result every manufacturer in the industry is gunning for.

To be able to add two extra doors behind the pair in front, to plaster the word ‘coupe’ all over advertising spaces and brochures, and to get everyone believing in the marketing magic.

The X6 didn’t quite achieve that result but the CLS proved that pairing up a tag everyone would never associate with a sedan, to a streamlined, lowered and sleeked out body was a winning combination.

So all that was left for Audi to do was to follow suit – which they did to staggering result.


Another case of automobile designers earning their bonus last year.

As incredible and arduous as it sounds the hardworking men and women drawing and shaping for the Ingolstadt company managed to lift the trademark cues off the A5 coupe onto the Sportback.

So we’ve got the slightly swept back bold headlamps flanking the gaping grill, moving past the chiseled shoulder lines over the wheel arches and all of the lines culminating at the rear with the sloping C-pillar keeping the profile of the Sportback sleek.

With the front overhangs relatively long, the designers have decided to keep the rear quarter tight and short, cues we’d be more accustomed to find on sports cars.
Car Information
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4-cylinders in-line TFSI Turbocharged

Engine Cap





155kW (208 bhp) / 6000 rpm



350 Nm / 4200 rpm



7-speed (A) S-tronic

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