Plenty of more expensive and specialised Audis do it better, of course.
And yet, despite the widened axle tracks, the lowered centre of gravity and the firmed-up suspension settings of the Sportback relative to the standard A4, and despite the lowered passive suspension and 19in alloy wheels of our S line-spec test car to boot, the second-generation A5 Sportback rides, handles, steers and generally seems like a slightly muddled and misguided attempt at dynamism.
The occasionally fidgeting, often short-feeling ride of our test car characterised it most obviously as a pseudo-sports saloon.
That’s in part because the car’s steering, although pacey, precise and variously weighty, lacks dependable feedback – even when Dynamic mode is selected – and fails to give a meaningful sense of connection to the front wheels.
It’s also because the A5’s chassis doesn’t do much to pique your interest, either. It controls the car’s body very well indeed and creates a great deal of grip and steering response, but it isn’t even remotely adjustable or vaguely communicative, although it is determinedly surefooted and inscrutable – as so many Audis of this ilk have been over so many years.