• New five-door A5 Sportback range now open for order


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SE versions priced from €42,000 will reach their first Irish customers in October
• Thanks to extended wheelbase A5 Sportback offers rear head and leg room comparable with A4 Saloon and luggage capacity of up to 980 litres that runs A4 Avant close
• Two FSI petrol and four common rail TDI diesel engines bound for Ireland initially – 2.0 TFSI 180/211BHP, 2.0 TDI 143/170BHP, 2.7TDI 190BHP and 3.0 TDI 240BHP quattro
• Latest efficiency-enhancing start-stop and energy recuperation technology for two litre manual versions
• 2.0 TDI 170 with emissions of 137g ensures recession busting annual road tax bill of just €156

Audi Ireland today announced the order books have now opened for the newest member of the A5 family – the stunning A5 Sportback. The five-door model with the long, flowing rear end unites the best of various vehicle genres: the emotion and elegance of a coupe, the comfort of a saloon and the practicality of an Avant. The Sportback joins the Coupé and Cabriolet as the third member of the A5 model family.

The new A5 Sportback subtly blends its additional doors into the sweeping curves that are instantly recognisable hallmarks of the A5 Coupe, and fully justifies their presence through an extended chassis that enables it to run the spacious A4 Saloon close on rear head and leg room. The benefits of the increase in wheelbase length from 2,751mm in the Coupe to 2,810mm are also evident in the load bay, which with a 480 litre boot capacity when the rear seats are in place comes close to matching the A4 Avant (490 litres). When luggage takes priority and the rear seat backs are folded down, a total of 980 litres can be freed up.

At launch in Ireland, six advanced direct injection engines will power the A5 Sportback – the 2.0-litre TFSI with both 180BHP and 211BHP from the petrol family, and from the diesel range the 2.0-litre TDI with both 143BHP and  170BHP, the 2.7TDI V6 with 190BHP and 3.0-litre V6 TDI quattro with 240BHP. All of the engines are highly-efficient direct injection models – TDI for the cultivated diesels, FSI for the petrol engines – and all comply with the Euro 5 emissions standard. These engines will channel their power through a combination of transmissions, from the rapid-shifting S tronic twin-clutch transmission (7 speed) to Audis renowned continuously variable transmission – multitronic. The six speed manual two litre versions feature Audis latest efficiency innovation – start stop technology with recuperation.

SE specification ensures high levels of equipment in keeping with Audi customers high expectations. Standard features include Xenon lights with LED daytime running lights, 17” alloy wheels, rear acoustic park assist, cruise control, climate control, electric front seat adjustment, sport multifunction steering wheel, servotronic, light and rain sensor and split folding rear seat amongst others.

In addition to Audi drive select, the options list for the new A5 Sportback also features driving assistants including adaptive cruise control, the Audi side assist blind spot alert system and the Audi lane assist lane departure warning system. It also includes luxury entertainment and convenience features such as a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system and hard disk-based satellite navigation with MMI 3G offering even more intuitive control and further improved graphics plus the option to store MP3 files for music playback.

Orders are being accepted at Audi dealerships from today and first deliveries for Irish customers begin in early October.