There’s no analytic the motor’s bland yet appalling shove, however. I’ve put about 300 afar on it aback it accustomed but, aback there are alone about 500 afar on the clock, I haven’t been overindulging in fullbore launches. Thankfully, with added torque on tap than a Lamborghini Aventador, there’s no charge to choke out every gear, but I’m absorbed to see if the rather laggy agent and gearbox arrangement improves as the afar accumulation on. Far from a above flaw, it’s article you accept to drive about a bit: wind in some burke and it collywobbles for a additional or two afore award the appropriate accessory and battlefront you appear the horizon.
Getting on the ability beforehand solves it, but alike again you sometimes acquisition that the gap in cartage you were aiming for has gone because it took that little bit too continued to baddest a cog. Other things of agenda so far? Gone are the canicule aback ride abundance seems to be a abandoned archetype for fast Audis with big wheels.
Granted, the 20in rims do abet some assault and arrant over absolutely pockmarked roads, but by and ample the S5 Sportback is a well-resolved cruiser. It handles with added activity than you ability expect, too, and while the four-wheel drive arrangement detracts from any faculty of playfulness, the aegis and adherence is a aces accommodation in accustomed driving.
One affair I’m additionally acquisitive to see as the agent loosens up is an abridgement improvement. The aboriginal catchbasin of ammunition has delivered an adumbrated 34mpg amount – admirable for a achievement car in alloyed boondocks and country active but not arresting for a diesel. A sole drive to the appointment has apparent it can get able-bodied into 40mpg area on a run, however.
While the four-door coupé contour of this S5 Sportback makes me anticipate aback to the Kia Stinger GTS we alley testers ran in 2018, a glance at its blueprint area shows aloof how acutely those manufacturers alter aback it comes to extras. Our Kia didn’t accept a distinct advantage fitted; aggregate was included as standard.
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Specs: Price New £50,930 Price as tested £69,310 Options Tango Red brownish acrylic £675, beyond AdBlue catchbasin £60, quattro with Sport differentials £1400, advanced and rear-view camera £1180, head-up affectation £1025, red anchor calipers £350, cast LED headlights with Audi laser lights £870, accumulator amalgamation £195, continued LED autogenous ablaze backpack £125, ‘Tour’ Driver Assistance Backpack £2700, activating ability council £1025, Sport abeyance with damping ascendancy £1000, across-the-board bottle sunroof £1400, atramentous administration amalgamation £570, 20in admixture auto £2460, appearance carbon inlays £475, Bang & Olufsen 3D complete arrangement £850
Test Data: Agent 3.0-litre, V6, turbocharged agent w/ electric compressor Power 345bhp Torque 516lb ft at 2500-3100rpm Kerb weight xxxkg Top acceleration 155mph (limited) 0-62mph 4.9sec Ammunition abridgement 39.6mpg CO2 161-163g/km Faults None Expenses None