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Which Audi Sedan Offers The Best Performance: Audi A4 Quattro Vs. Audi A5 Sportback?

All vehicles in the Audi lineup have great looks and an amazing performance. They have some of the best interiors, making it one of the most loved rides. So, if you desire a medium-sized car with at least five seats you can settle for either the Audi A4 or Audi A5. Let’s go over the features of each of them and help you make an informed decision.


The Audi A4 Quattro and Audi A5 Sportback all offer a stylish and luxurious look. In fact, from the front, the cars are very similar, with distinctive grilles available in black and chrome (depending on the model) sporting the four-ring Audi badge.

Each has sleek LED headlights as standard, aggressive front bumpers, bonnet creases, although S line models get the sportiest look in each case. The A5’s bonnet is slightly more domed than the A4’s, but you’d have trouble picking them out in a rearview mirror.

Moving on, there are disparities when it comes to the side. The A5 Sportback is a four-door coupe, while the A4 is a five-seat, four-door saloon. As such, the A4 has a more uniform roofline and more steeply raked windscreen than the other two cars, while the A5 Sportback has more space for rear passengers, so is still sleeker than the A4 but has a longer roofline.

The Audi A4 comes with wheels from 17 inches in size to 19 inches, while A5 Sportback comes with wheels between 18 and 20 inches.


The interiors of the Audi A4 and Audi A5 Sportback are all very similar, simple, but stylish. They aren’t quite as sporty as a Jaguar XE’s wraparound design or quite as eye-catching as the Mercedes C-Class lineup. Notwithstanding, Audi’s numerous soft-plastic and aluminum trims look classy and feel bulletproof.

Everything you’ll touch regularly – from the standard leather-trimmed steering wheel to the metal switches on the dashboard – feel a class above what you’ll find in a BMW or Mercedes. You even get posh soft-close lids on the various storage trays and cubby holes.


Engine and Performance

There’s no shortage of engine choices for the Audi A4 or Audi A5. They are made up of three petrols and three diesels, ranging in power from 150-245hp, but there are a couple of standout choices in both the A4 and A5 that’ll serve you very well.

If you spend most of your time covering shorter distances, mainly in town, then go for a petrol. The 40 TFSI has 190hp, is smooth, quiet, yet easily powerful enough to ensure overtaking is done in confidence. It comes in six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox and will crack 40mpg if driven carefully.

However, if you’re often on the motorway or tend to drive long distances every week, then a diesel might make more sense. The 40 TDI has 190hp, so plenty of poke for motorway slip road sprints and keeping up with fast-moving traffic, yet will return around 60mpg at a cruise.

The Audi A4 and Audi A5 feel very similar on the road and both are easy and comfortable cars to drive in town. It’s best to keep its alloy wheels as small as possible and avoid the sportier suspension of S Line trim for the best comfort, but even then, you don’t crash into potholes or thud into ruts.


In sum, the Audi A4 and Audi A5 are very similar cars, but there are a few distinct differences that’ll make a big difference to your ownership, depending on your preferences. If you desire practicality and space, settle for the A4. If you desire space and good looks, the A5 Sportback will be best.

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