The S5 Sportback is Audi's mid-range performance car, providing a healthy upgrade over the standard model but also not insane like the RS line. Read on for the full details of the new model's Indian launch.
Audi India has launched the new S5 Sportback in the country today. Priced at Rs 79.06 lakh, the 2021 Audi S5 Sportback will compete with the locally assembled BMW 340i directly, though the latter is over Rs 16 lakh cheaper at Rs 62.90 lakh. The price difference is mainly because of the Audi being a CBU unit. The S5 Sportback will also rival the Mercedes-AMG C43 which is priced at Rs 80.17 lakh. The current-generation S5 Sportback globally debuted in 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and though it is available in petrol and diesel forms in other markets, the Indian model will come with the petrol engine only.
Based on the Audi A5 sedan, the S5 Sportback gets some visual upgrades over the standard model. It gets a new wider grille and more aggressive bumpers which are finish in a glossy black accent. The headlights are Matrix LEDs while other differences from the standard model include new dual-spoke alloys and quad exhausts at the rear. Audi’s S-Line models are more visually discreet than their RS counterparts, making the S5 Sportback a great sleeper car.
Over to the interior, the Audi S5 Sportback remains largely unchanged from the regular A5. The biggest change is the new 10.1-inch MMI infotainment system which has ditched the old rotary dial used for inputs for a new touch-only interface. The S5 Sportback also gets Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit system while a few ‘S’ badges and carbon trim around the cabin the other notable changes. It also gets a panoramic sunroof, powered front sport seats, 3-zone climate control, ambient lighting, and Alcantara leather upholstery.
The Audi S5 Sportback is powered by a 3-litre six-cylinder turbo-petrol engine which makes 354 PS and 500 Nm of peak power and torque figures. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that powers all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Power is a 40:60 split, biased towards the rear and it also gets a central locking differential. The S5 Sportback can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 4.8 seconds while top speed is electronically-limited to 250 kmph. It also gets an S-Sport suspension system with optional damper control feature which adjusts the damper’s stiffness for an enhanced driving experience.
The Audi S5 Sportback is a four-door coupe, while the BMW M340i is a regular four-door design and the Mercedes-AMG C43 is a two-door coupe. The price difference between the Audi and the BMW is a stretch to justify as the latter will be just as good if not better to drive, and if you are paying Rs 80 lakh then you can just buy the Mercedes which is arguably better looking. It will be interesting to see how the public responds to the S5 Sportback's pricing.
Do note all prices mentioned here are ex-showroom only.