Going up against the BMW M340i xDrive and the Mercedes-AMG C43, the 2021 Audi S5 Sportback is here! Priced from Rs 79.06 Lakh (ex-showroom, India), the facelifted S5 Sportback costs around Rs 16 lakh more than the M340i. One of the main reasons behind this is that Audi imports the S5 Sportback to India as a completely built unit. The posh German automaker took the wraps off of the facelifted S5 Sportback at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019. Our market did get the previous iteration of the suave four-door coupe in 2017, though the facelift promises several changes.
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Since it has to look convincing as a facelift, Audi has had to spruce up a few things on the outside. This begins with giving the 2021 S5 Sportback new Matrix LED headlamps with redesigned DRLs, a more aggressive Singleframe front grille, and a sportier front bumper and air intakes.
Moreover, the new model gets larger 19-inch alloy wheels, a boot-lip spoiler, quad-tip exhaust pipes, and beautiful split LED tail lamps. Being the sporty version of the A5, the 2021 S5 Sportback comes with shiny silver and/or gloss black trim on the outside. Adding to the sense of occasion here are a set of new exterior colors, including Tango Red and Turbo Blue.
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The interior of the 2021 S5 Sportback comes with a few extras over the standard A5 as well. For instance, you get a sports seats that feature the proud “S” logo embossed on them, an S flat-bottom steering wheel, a 19-speaker a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster, a 10.1-inch touch-infotainment system with Audi Connect, tri-zone automatic climate control, plus some obligatory carbon fiber and alcantara trim. Overall, the interior of the 2021 S5 Sportback looks sporty and also feels very well-made and upscale.
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Powering the 2021 Audi S5 Sportback is a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine that produces 349hp and 500Nm of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and spins all four corners via Audi’s excellent Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Meanwhile, the run from 0 to 100 kmph is tackled in a brisk 4.8 seconds, with an electronic governor stepping in only at 250 kmph.
Yes, the facelifted S5 Sportback is more expensive than the M340i from BMW. However, the BMW M340i xDrive is not only cheaper, but it is also quicker to 100 kmph than the Audi. At the same time, the S5 Sportback’s coupe-like design is certainly sexier and its Virtual Cockpit driver’s display is better than the BMW’s.
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