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"rewards a weighty right hoof with a surprising turn of pace"

"rewards a weighty right hoof with a surprising turn of pace"

What's it like?

Very, very plush indeed. The interior is standard Audi, which means it's built like the Russian women's weight lifting team: big, tough and will invariably win in a fight against you. Unlike a soviet powerlifter, thankfully, it's rather pleasing on the eye.

The 177bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine is incredibly smooth and rewards a weighty right hoof with a surprising turn of pace, mostly thanks to its 280lb ft of torque. Steering is a little numb, but not enough to concern 99.8 percent of drivers. The quattro equipped models are perfectly happy to be hurled into a corner by a terrible driver, or be driven smoothly - its limits are hard to find for anyone other than a complete fool or a racing driver.

Company car buyers will love this engine not because of its performance, but for its eco cred. Offering a mere 120g/km and managing over 60mpg is no mean feat and Audi has nailed it.

The S-Line suspension performs admirably on the A5 Sportback, too, so don't be afraid to upgrade.

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