Android Auto has been getting some pretty quick adoption since it launched in 2015 (announced at Google I/O 2014, but the first vehicles with Android Auto launched in early 2015). Car makers have been jumping on board pretty quickly, although some outliers have taken a bit longer to get on the bandwagon. Audi was one of the first car makers to jump on board earlier this year with their 2017 Q7, which we got a chance to take a look at back in the Spring. The Audi A4, A6 and A7 are also getting Android Auto. Now you can add the new 2017 Audi A5 that was announced earlier this week, ahead of the upcoming show in Paris.
The Paris Motor Show is due to kick off later this month, and the Audi 15 Sportback will definitely be a big feature of the show. As will the Audi S5 Sportback. The new A5 Sportback didn't receive a huge design update from the 2016 model year - like the 2017 Q7 did - but it does have a longer wheelbase, and a long wraparound bonnet included. The grille is also wider and a bit flatter. The design of the A5 Sportback definitely looks sleeker and sharper than last year's model. Audi is also claiming that the new models will offer more cabin space then their previous models.
Of course, we want to know what's on the inside. We've been a fan of Audi's Virtual Cockpit system and it is indeed here on the A5 Sportback and S5 Sportback, using a 12.3-inch HD display. The infotainment system is a 8.3-inch display, and it will bring you free connectivity for three years, along with free map updates for five years. But more importantly, it does feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. All you need to do is plug in your smartphone and you're good to go. If you want to take a look at how Audi's Android Auto implementation works, have a look at our review of the Audi Q7 here.
The Audi A5 Sportback has typically been only available in Europe, and that will likely be the case again this year. It is due to hit dealer lots in mid-October in the UK and slightly later in other parts of Europe.