An interesting consequence of booming sales of compact and mid-size crossover SUVs is a renewed interest in hatchback cars among American consumers. It seems once some buyers get hooked on the cargo versatility and lifestyle-enabling capability of a large rear liftgate and fold-down rear seat, it’s hard to go back to the limitations of a squarish trunk in a traditional four-door sedan. But even so, they don’t necessarily want to drive something that's too big or bulky.
The 2018 Audi S5 Sportback, priced from $55,375, is well positioned to take advantage of this advancing trend. The performance version of the new A5 Sportback, the S5 Sportback shares its bones with the popular A4 and S4 sedans. This new hatchback body style, however, cranks up the volume with a sexy fastback roofline that like its larger A7/S7 sibling possesses a smartly integrated and discreet rear hatch.