Adding two doors and a giant hatch to the A5 Coupe toook, effectively, five years but the result is a car remarkable for its versatility as well as its distinctive shape. For sure it will move the A5 more into the family market (anybody who’s had a couple of children and a two-door car will explain why) with its ability switch roles between shopping sedan, sports car and station wagon – once its (only two) rear seats have been folded into the floor.
The boot volume of 480 litres nearly matches that of the A4 Avant and that swells to 980 litres with the seats folded. Even with them in place the boot space is seriously impressive, though larger suitcases will have to lie flat rather than stand up as they would in, say, an A4. You might not think it, given the sloping rear of the car’s roof, but two adults can sit upright in comfort back there – I’m a little over 1.8m and my scalp wasn’t quite touching the headlining – thanks to the seats being 20mm lower and moved slightly forward from those of the coupe whose chassis the Sportback shares.