There’s a saying I heard fairly quickly in Cayman. Island car.
When I first arrived on these beautiful shores more than six years ago, I was told by friends I’d need to get myself an Island car.
For those who don’t know this phrase, replace the word “Island” with “not very good” and you’ll get my drift.
I’ve had plenty of Island cars. The first was a Toyota Corolla with windows that didn’t have any glass in it. After that I had a Honda Accord (no AC) then Nissan Sunny station wagon (no driver window and lots of ants) a Jeep Grand Cherokee was next (kept breaking down) and a Suzuki Vitara (leaky roof).
Each one was special in their own unique way.
My latest car on Island couldn’t quite fall into the category of ‘Island car’. It was a brand new Audi A5 Sportback and, to put it mildly, it is insane.
OK, so forget about the power contained in its two-litre 190-brake horse power turbo charged engine and forget about the select driving modes. For that matter, forget about the shift by wire gear selection or the fact it can reach 60 miles per hour in just 5.7 seconds.
The best thing for me about spending a weekend cruising the country in the Sportback is simple. It’s a head turner like no other.
It looks so good. It’s a truly beautiful car.
From the inside it feels relaxed, easy and oh, so comfortable. It’s sporty yet extremely luxurious. It’s simply to drive but jam packed with gadgets and tech. From the outside, it just oozes cool.
In fact, the only disappointing thing I can think of about driving this car, was the fact I hardly saw anybody on the road who knew me.
Which, in a country where you can’t shop at the grocery store without bumping into someone you know in virtually every aisle, is incredibly.
Yes, it has intense power. Yes, the car is as quick off the mark as Usain Bolt, but for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on, I really didn’t want to drive fast.
It’s a car that needs to be treated well. Treated with respect, and when cruising on an open road (best I could find in Cayman was Queen’s Highway) it feels so right.
People and cars need to harmonise. Need to match up with each other and feel comfortable. From the moment I sat down in the soft leather seats, I felt a match made in heaven.
That’s not because I’m as cool and classy as the Audi A5 Sportback, it’s because the Sportback is so cool and classy it allows any driver to feel comfortable. Even me.
The other features I absolutely loved about this car are the ones that are just so downright unnecessary.
Take for example interchangeable interior mood lighting. Depending on your mood, it can be red or blue. Why? I’ve absolutely no idea, but if I ever drive a car again in the future that doesn’t have interchangeable interior mood lighting, I’ll feel short changed.
It’s also incredibly lazy, which is perfectly fine with me. You don’t need to turn the windscreen wipers on as the car knows when it’s raining. You don’t need to switch the lights on as the car knows when it’s going dark and you don’t even need to turn around when reversing as there’s a built in rear camera that projects an image onto a screen in front of the driver.
The steering wheel is squared off at the bottom. I’m guessing for ergonomic purposes, but I just think it makes it look cooler. You don’t sit down in the driver’s seat, the driver’s seat fits in around you. The control panel lets you finger write initials of contacts and friends on it and the car will know who you want to call.
All completely over the top but at the same time, downright brilliant.
There’s no doubt about it, the Audi A5 Sportback is some car, granted it may not fall into the category of “Island car” but when you want a car for this Island, there’s only one I’d choose. I had it for a weekend that, like the car, went too fast, but one thing’s for certain, this weekend, I think I may have just fallen in love.
The 2018 Audi A5 Sportback 2.0TFSI 190 hp s tronic
Price: Special introductory price – $58,750
New vehicle licensing – 3 years
Full tank of gas
Two services during first two years of ownership
5-year (100,000 km) warranty.
Car available exclusively at Arch Automotive, Camana Bay. Tel: 949 8221 email [email protected]