Exclusive: 2021 Audi S5 Sportback
The 2021 Audi S5 Sportback has finally arrived at our shores, and it all set to be launched in India soon. This is the second-generation model's facelift that has now come to India, and we have it first and exclusive. In many ways, the Audi S5 Sportback is the right model for India - sufficiently sporty and powerful, and yet not all out mad like the RS5.
The S5 Sportback looks muscular and aggressive thanks to the bold lines on the hood that Audi calls 'tornado line', along with the sharp Matrix LED headlights. The car also gets the signature large, single-frame grille with large intakes.
The new Audi S5 Sportback sits low, and the large twin-5-spoke alloy wheels are shod in low-profile tyres, adding to its sporty nature. At the rear, the car gets an all-new treatment for the diffuser and the LED taillights.
There are upgrades inside too, especially on the tech side. While you don't get the new dual glass-finish screens that you are seeing across newer Audis you still get a huge upgrade on the MMI. The S5 gets a sharper cluster in terms of graphics and the quality of the screen and animations is superb.
The S5 has a surprisingly roomy and comfortable rear seat. And yes, that includes the headroom. The rear also has its own temperature control, thanks to that 3 zone climate control. And there's a panoramic sunroof too.
In the new S5 Sportback, the rotary dial controller is gone, and instead, we get a 10.1-inch touchscreen display that clean, easy to use, has a good haptic feedback and nice graphics as well. The car also gets ?rotor grey' alcantara and leather sports seats, and you also have a 19-speaker B&O sound system.
The Audi S5 Sportback is powered by a 3-litre TFSI 6-cylinder engine that is tuned to make 349 bhp and 500 Nm of peak torque. It's a V6 unit that is quite refined and the power delivery is also satisfying. The motor is mated to a ZF sourced 8-Speed automatic transmission.
In terms of performance, max power kicks in nicely through a reasonably healthy rpm band, but it is the deliciously generous dose of torque that traverses a wide range that'll make you smile even more. The car also offers great dynamics, a lot of acceleration and fun, and you also get a terrific engine note.
In many ways for an Indian buyer seeking this blend of luxury, everyday usage and performance, the Audi S5 would make for a smarter choice than something more fundamentally directed at pure dynamics like the BMW M340i.
The Audi S5 is expected to launch soon at a price point of around Rs. 75-80 lakh (ex-showroom) as it will be a direct import. But with BMW assembling the M340i locally, an over 10 lakh price difference between the two is in favour of the Bimmer. But it is good to see Audi getting us many brand shaping and relevant models.