Private buyers and lower-mileage company users will want distinguishing refinement and driveability from it; keener drivers will expect a bit of verve, rev range and pace.
Anyone switching from diesel to petrol in the wake of the emissions scandal will likely expect all of that, plus economy comparable with that which they might have got from a like-for-like diesel without feeling like they’ve made a bad choice.
As unlikely as it may seem, the 2.0 TFSI in the A5 Sportback delivers on almost all of those considerations very well indeed.
This is a swift, slick car to drive and it can hit 60mph from rest quickly enough to put a hot hatchback in its place, but its powertrain also has balance, reserve and multi-faceted strength.
Even in chilly conditions the quattro drivetrain found more traction than it needed during standing-start testing.
It recorded sub-six-second 0-60mph acceleration times in both directions, but it did so smoothly and without ever feeling remotely strained.