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2018 Audi S5 Sportback is a versatile and capacious all-weather athlete

Sleek five-door hatchback speedily and luxuriously blurs the lines between coupe, hatchback and sedan.

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The S5 Sportback is priced like an S5 Coupe, but offers far more utility without sacrificing style.

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You can tell an S5 up front by its standard LED headlights, special single-frame grille finish, aggressive lower fascia and mirrors jacketed in silver.

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The S5 Sportback rides on a slightly longer wheelbase, adding better proportions and improving rear-seat packaging.

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Note the low-slung wing-shaped dashboard, optional carbon fiber trim and quilted leather seats.

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Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster is the bee's knees and really drives home the company's high-tech ethos.

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Audi's marketing department calls this a four-door coupe. It's actually a five-door hatchback, but when the result is this elegant, who are we to quibble?

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Quad exhaust tips display the S5's sporting intent, and active solenoids can vary the amount of sound they produce based on how sporty you're feeling.

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With a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, this is the view that class rivals will be staring at.

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Optional 19-inch Cado-pattern wheels are clad in Continental summer rubber.

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Quilted leather seats come standard, and can be had in a leather/Alcantara faux suede finish, or in full leather. If you want ventilation, however, say goodbye to the quilting.

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Cargo space is a generous 21.8 cubic-feet with the rear seats up (around twice the space of the A5 Coupe), extending to 35 cubic feet with them folded. That's enough room for seven full-size suitcases. 

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The S5 Sportback's 3.0-liter single-turbo V6 is rated at 354 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque.

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