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Audi A5 Sportback: The kind of car almost everyone should buy

Audi A5 Sportback
Here’s the first drive report with the new Audi A5 Sportback.

If you whine about how wagon-y station wagons tend to look, or how blah sedans feel soon after the post-purchase glow fades, then Audi’s Sportback could be your savior. Of all the cars we mentioned above, none of them goes so far toward being that elusive new species of coupe-style four-door as the 2010 Audi A5 Sportback.

It combines the long 110.6-inch wheelbase of the A4 sedan and A4 Avant with the coupe-style roof of the A5 and then adds a hatchback to improve cargo access. The result is as dramatic as the Porsche Panamera, yet has the all-around practicality of the five-door configuration long seen in European cars (and formerly marketed unsuccessfully in the U.S. with the Mazda 6 five-door and even the old Saab 9000). The shape makes really clean sense and there’s all the interior you need and space to spare if you need family-style cargo capacity.

On paper, the cargo capacity is identical to that in the A4 sedan at 16.9 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 34.6 cubic feet with the seatbacks flopped forward. Honestly, though, these measurements only account for cargo being loaded up to the level of the windows, and we could find about 50.5 cubic feet of cargo just as in the A4 Avant if we packed it to the rafters, college-style.

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Source: Inside Line