2017 Audi A5 Sportback – INTERIOR

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Compared to the outgoing model, the interior takes on some significant changes in the style department. To start off, the center console now sits higher than before with the console and the center stack coming together at a much higher point. The cup holders have been moved forward, ahead of the shifter, while the shifter itself is now shorter, wider, and positioned farther back in the console. Ahead of the console on the center stack, a small control unit with two large knobs is in place for HVAC system, while the infotainment system display – Audi’s MMI navigation plus with MMI touch – now floats above the center stack. That system, by the way, is 8.3-inchs in size, has a resolution of 1,024-by-48- pixels, has 10 GB of flash storage, a DVD drive, Audi Connect services, and iOS and Android smartphone integration. Sound is sent to a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound. Overall there are 19 speakers and 755 watts of power.

All told, the interior has grown a bit with the overall interior length being increased by 17 mm; shoulder room increased by 11 mm, and rear knee room increased by 24 mm. While that is a little extra room, it’s really not much and practically unnoticeable from inside the vehicle. The dash now features a wider-looking layout with HVAC vents running from the center across the face of the dash. There’s a three-spoke steering wheel that is wrapped in leather with a 12.3-in TFT monitor just ahead that displays all pertinent vehicle information for the driver. A head-up display system is optional at a premium.

The door trim panels are now more stylish with the pull handle now ahead of the armrest, while the window and mirror controls are now flat and sit a little farther back. The armrest and pull handle are wrapped in the same leather as the seats. There’s also an Alcantara insert between the upper segment of the panel and the armrest. A storage pocket is now located below the armrest. The seats on the new model actually take on a somewhat dated look in my opinion, with rectangular sections making up the center of the seats.

In the rear, the seatback comes standard with a 40-20-40 split to allow for expandable cargo room or access to the trunk from the interior. With the seats up, the trunk can hold 16.95 cubic-feet of cargo, while laying the seats down increases cargo space to 45.91 cubic-feet. Not bad. The rear door panels mimic the front almost perfectly, featuring the same Alcantara inserts and silver trim around the door handle. There is a small center console for rear passengers that is integrated with the front console. It provides to rear vents in the center along with a few HVAC controls to help keep rear passengers at bay during longer road trips. While I’m not sure I would want to ride back there with three people, it would certainly be more than spacious with just two rear passengers.

“Compared to the outgoing model, the interior takes on some significant changes in the style department.”


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