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Audi’s A5 and S5 Sportback: A performance-minded detour from the SUV

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John Johannes

SEATTLE—When introducing its sportback successor to the A4, Audi minced no words about its intended consumer target: the frequent car updater who is this close to switching to an SUV.

After a few hours' drive in two flavors of this upgrade, the 2018 A5 and S5 Sportback, I was inclined to agree.

0-60mph in a heartbeat—with room to spare

That niche is important to mind here, because unlike last year's A4 sedan, Audi is not offering a sub-$40,000 option for these models.

The 2018 A5 Sportback will set you back nothing short of $42,600, while its beefier S5 sibling, whose upgrades includes a 3.0L engine and S Sport Suspension, starts at $54,400.

Each car also comes in a "prestige" version, which will set you back $50,200 and $58,800, respectively.

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