Audi A5 (2007 – 2016) Review
Audi A5 (2007 – 2016) At A Glance
Spacious boot. Solid build quality. Good to drive on the motorway. Good handling with quattro all-wheel drive.
BMW 4 Series is better equipped and better to drive. Options can add up to thousands and make used examples difficult to price. Oil consumption problem with 2.0 TSI.
First introduced in 2007 as a coupe, the Audi A5 still feel surprisingly modern thanks to a series of engine and equipment upgrades. However, it is showing its age next to more recent Audi models like the A4, as well as rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and BMW 4 Series. It’s still worth a look, but be sure to check out its competitors.
The cabin is the main area in which the A5 feels dated. It’s very well made, but the centre stack and infotainment controls feel a generation out of date compared to the sleek and modern layout in a BMW 4 Series, which also has a clearer, more user-friendly interface for its infotainment system.
Having said that, the A5 still feels like a high-quality car, with sturdy yet plush materials. Like other large coupes, the rear seats are useable if not particularly spacious, but two children will be able to get comfortable – there is no middle seat. The boot is reasonably large and practical at 455 litres – more than enough for shopping or trips away – and it can be expanded to 829 litres by folding the rear seats.
The engine range has evolved considerably since 2007. Dozens of different variants have appeared over the years, but with a common theme – all offer good performance. The choice for company car drivers is the 163PS 2.0-litre TDI Ultra, thanks to low emissions if 109g/km – but there are also more powerful diesels, along with a selection of petrol engines.
On the road the A5 is quiet, refined and easy to drive, whether cruising along the motorway or tackling a B-road. Compared to a BMW 4 Series the A5 feels heavy and has less involving steering, but it has plenty of traction and rides well, balancing good body control and comfort fairly well, though larger alloy wheels do firm things up.
It might be getting on a bit, but there is still plenty of reason to give the Audi A5 a look – it’s a solid, well-made car that drives well. It’s important to think about its rivals though – the BMW 4 Series is better too drive and just as plush, while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe feels more up-to-date.
Real MPG average for a Audi A5 (2007 – 2016)
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On the inside of an Audi A5 (2007 – 2016)
- Boot space is 455–829 litres
While the Audi A5’s cabin looks quite dated compared to the latest Audi A4 and rivals like the BMW 4 Series, it is still very well-made, with plush, soft-touch materials. Sadly the centre stack layout isn’t up to the standards of more modern cars, nor is the interface for the infotainment system, which isn’t as crisp or user-friendly as the iDrive in a 4 Series.
The back row only has two seats, but they are spacious enough for children – although access is tight. If you need to regularly get in and out of the back seats an A5 Sportback will be more suitable thanls to its rear doors. At 455 litres the boot in the A5 Coupe is big enough for a trip away or a visit to the supermarket, plus the rear seats can be folded, freeing up a total of 829 litres of load volume.
Audi has done its best to keep the gadgets in the A5 up-to-date, so there is a colour infotainment screen on all models, with a high-quality audio system, Bluetooth and DAB radio as standard – but navigation is extra, unlike in BMWs. There are some odd features that betray the age of the A5 too, like a push-in key slot despite the inclusion of a keyless start button, and a lack of standard USB-connectivity.
As with all Audi models, there is an extensive list of options including adaptive cornering headlights, adjustable dampers and an array of different interior trim choices including several different types of wood, plus a selection of upholstery finishes, alloy wheel designs and numerous paint colours. Altogether these can really start adding up, so be careful when choosing the specification of your A5.
SE trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, 6.5-inch MMI display, 10-speaker audio, Bluetooth, DAB radio, Milano leather upholstery, auto lights and auto wipers, three-zone climate control, cruise control, electric parking brake, intelligent key, auto-opening boot lid, electrically-operated mirrors.
SE Technik adds 18-inch alloy wheels, Audi Music Interface with USB connection, MMI navigation with 7-inch screen.
S line adds sports suspension, S line interior and exterior details, MMI Navigation Plus, fine Nappa leather upholstery, sports front seats, LED rear lights.
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Driving Audi A5 (2007 – 2016)
What's the Audi A5 (2007 – 2016) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.8 TFSI multitronic to S5 4.2 V8
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 16–58 mpg
The Audi A5 is available with a broad range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which are fairly powerful and provide good performance. The basic petrol is a 1.8-litre TFSI producing 177PS, plus there is a 2.0-litre TFSI producing 230PS. Those who want serious performance can choose an S5 with a 3.0-litre, 333PS V6 petrol.
Most buyers will be more interested in a diesel and there are three to choose from – a 2.0-litre producing 190PS, a 3.0-litre V6 TDI producing 245PS and the 2.0-litre TDI Ultra, producing 163PS. The latter makes the most sense for company car drivers, since it produces just 108g/km, making it the cheapest A5 variant to run.
Despite being the entry-level engine it is responsive and strong enough for motorway driving and overtaking, though it only comes with a manual transmission, which might put off some.
The 190PS diesel is a better bet altogether, since it has stronger performance and the option of quattro all-wheel drive, paired to either a manual or seven-speed S Tronic transmission. It's also available in front-wheel drive with a manual or Multitronic CVT automatic.
It costs a lot, but the 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel is an excellent fit for the A5, with a huge 580Nm on tap. Acceleration is effortless, particularly for overtaking, while refinement is very good and fuel economy is acceptable, at 46.3mpg. This engine comes with quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed S Tronic transmission as standard.
While diesel is likely to be the default choice for many A5 buyers, there's no reason to write off the petrol options, particularly the 230PS 2.0-litre TFSI. With 350Nm of torque available from low engine speeds it's a strong performer, picking up pace quickly, yet it has fairly low official fuel consumption of just over 40mpg.
On the road the A5 is quiet and refined, making it an exceptional motorway cruiser. On country roads it feels quite heavy, not helped by somewhat vague steering, but there is plenty of grip even in front-wheel drive variants. Obviously there is even more traction through corners in quattro models, which handle very well indeed, even in poor weather.
The suspension treads the line between body control and comfort very well – the A5 doesn’t roll around too much in bends, yet it is rarely uncomfortable over uneven road surfaces or potholes unless they’re particularly severe. Choosing larger alloy wheels does affect ride quality a little, though, as does the sportier suspension arrangement in S line models, so we'd avoid it if possible.
|1.8 TFSI||40–50 mpg||7.9–8.6 s||134–169 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 170||50 mpg||7.9 s||134 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 170 multitronic||49 mpg||8.2 s||134 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 177||46–51 mpg||7.9 s||128–142 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 177 multitronic||46–50 mpg||8.2 s||132–144 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI multitronic||39–49 mpg||8.2–8.6 s||134–169 g/km|
|2.0 TDI||53–61 mpg||8.2–8.4 s||120–140 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177||55–61 mpg||7.8–8.2 s||120–134 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 multitronic||60 mpg||7.8 s||123 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 quattro||55 mpg||7.8 s||134 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 quattro S tronic||53 mpg||7.8 s||139 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 S tronic||53 mpg||7.8 s||139 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190||58–63 mpg||7.7 s||117–129 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 multitronic||57–63 mpg||7.8 s||119–131 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 quattro||53–58 mpg||7.3–7.4 s||128–140 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 quattro S tronic||51–53 mpg||7.3 s||131–139 g/km|
|2.0 TDI multitronic||60 mpg||7.8 s||123 g/km|
|2.0 TDI quattro||48–55 mpg||7.8–8.2 s||134–156 g/km|
|2.0 TDIe||64 mpg||8.4 s||115 g/km|
|2.0 TDIe 163||67 mpg||8.3 s||115 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI||43–45 mpg||6.9 s||144–154 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 180||43–44 mpg||7.8 s||149–154 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 180 multitronic||40 mpg||8.1 s||167 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 225||40 mpg||6.4 s||152 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 225 quatro S tronic||39 mpg||6.4 s||155 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 225 quattro||42–44 mpg||6.4 s||152 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 225 quattro S tronic||40–43 mpg||6.4 s||155 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 230 quattro||39–42 mpg||-||157–161 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 230 quattro S tronic||39–41 mpg||-||159–166 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI multitronic||40–47 mpg||6.9 s||140–167 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro||38–42 mpg||6.4–6.5 s||152–173 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||38–40 mpg||6.5 s||155–175 g/km|
|2.7 TDI||44 mpg||7.6 s||167 g/km|
|2.7 TDI Automatic||44 mpg||7.6 s||167 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 204 multitronic||58 mpg||7.1 s||129 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 204 quattro S tronic||58 mpg||7.1 s||129 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 245 quattro S tronic||45–50 mpg||5.8 s||149 g/km|
|3.0 TDI multitronic||58 mpg||7.1 s||129 g/km|
|3.0 TDI quattro||43–49 mpg||5.9 s||151–173 g/km|
|3.0 TDI quattro S tronic||43–50 mpg||5.8–6.1 s||149–174 g/km|
|3.0 TFSI quattro||35 mpg||5.8 s||190 g/km|
|3.2 FSI||34 mpg||6.4 s||192 g/km|
|3.2 FSI quattro||31–32 mpg||6.1 s||213–214 g/km|
|3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic||31 mpg||6.4 s||213 g/km|
|S5 3.0 TFSI 333 quattro S tronic||36 mpg||4.9 s||190 g/km|
|S5 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||37 mpg||4.9 s||184 g/km|
|S5 4.2 V8||23–26 mpg||5.1–5.4 s||249–283 g/km|
Audi A5 (2007 – 2016) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||1395–1695 kg|
|Boot Space||455–829 L|
|Standard||Space-saving spare wheel / Tyre-repair kit|
|Road Tax Bands||C–M|
|Official MPG||23.3–67.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until April 2017
On sale until June 2016
|2.0 TFSI Quattro 225 Black Edition Plus 2dr||£38,125||40.4 mpg||6.4 s|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro 225 S Line S tronic 2dr||£38,105||40.4 mpg||6.4 s|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro 225ps S Line 2dr||£36,625||41.5 mpg||6.4 s|
|2.0TFSI Quattro 225 Black Edition Plus S tronic 2dr||£39,720||38.7 mpg||6.4 s|
On sale until March 2016
|1.8 TFSI 177 SE 2dr||£29,190||51.4 mpg||7.9 s|
|1.8 TFSI 177 SE Multitronic 2dr||£30,800||49.6 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TDI 163 SE Ultra 2dr||£31,590||67.3 mpg||8.3 s|
|2.0 TDI 190 SE 2dr||£31,510||62.8 mpg||7.7 s|
|2.0 TDI 190 SE Multitronic 2dr||£33,070||62.8 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI 190 SE Quattro 2dr||£33,115||57.6 mpg||7.4 s|
|2.0 TDI 190 SE Quattro S tronic 2dr||£34,725||56.5 mpg||7.3 s|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro 225ps SE 2dr||£33,995||44.1 mpg||6.4 s|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro 225ps SE S tronic 2dr||£35,510||42.8 mpg||6.4 s|
On sale until October 2015
|3.0 TFSI quattro 333 S tronic 2dr Auto||£43,790||36.7 mpg||4.9 s|
|3.0 TFSI quattro Black Edition 333 S tronic 2dr Auto||£44,865||36.7 mpg||4.9 s|
On sale until April 2015
|2.0 TDI Black Edition Plus 177 2dr||£35,560||61.4 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition Plus 177 multitronic 2dr Auto||£37,040||60.1 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI quattro Black Edition Plus 177 2dr||£37,215||55.4 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI quattro Black Edition Plus 177 S tronic 2dr Auto||£38,695||53.3 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI quattro S line 177 2dr||£35,715||55.4 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI quattro S line 177 S tronic 2dr Auto||£37,195||53.3 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI quattro SE 177 2dr||£33,125||55.4 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI quattro SE 177 S tronic 2dr Auto||£34,605||53.3 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI S line 177 2dr||£34,060||61.4 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TDI S line 177 multitronic 2dr Auto||£35,540||60.1 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI SE 177 2dr||£31,470||61.4 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TDI SE 177 multitronic 2dr Auto||£32,950||60.1 mpg||7.8 s|
|3.0 TDI Black Edition Plus 204 multitronic 2dr Auto||£39,160||57.6 mpg||7.1 s|
|3.0 TDI S line 204 multitronic 2dr Auto||£37,660||57.6 mpg||7.1 s|
On sale until January 2015
|1.8 TFSI Black Edition 170 2dr||£32,865||49.6 mpg||7.9 s|
|1.8 TFSI Black Edition 170 multitronic 2dr Auto||£34,345||48.7 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition 177 2dr||£35,135||61.4 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition 177 multitronic 2dr Auto||£36,615||60.1 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI quattro Black Edition 177 2dr||£36,790||55.4 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI quattro Black Edition 177 S tronic 2dr Auto||£38,270||53.3 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro Black Edition 225 2dr||£37,575||42.8 mpg||6.4 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro Black Edition 225 S tronic 2dr Auto||£39,055||42.2 mpg||6.4 s|
|3.0 TDI Black Edition 204 multitronic 2dr Auto||£38,735||57.6 mpg||7.1 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro Black Edition 245 S tronic 2dr Auto||£42,260||49.6 mpg||5.8 s|
On sale until June 2013
|2.0 TFSI quattro Black Edition 2dr||£36,530||41.5 mpg||6.4 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro Black Edition S tronic 2dr Auto||£38,010||40.4 mpg||6.5 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S line 2dr||£35,455||41.5 mpg||6.4 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S line S tronic 2dr Auto||£36,935||40.4 mpg||6.5 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro SE 2dr||£33,555||41.5 mpg||6.4 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro SE S tronic 2dr Auto||£35,035||40.4 mpg||6.5 s|
On sale until November 2012
|1.8 TFSI 2dr||£26,495||49.6 mpg||7.9 s|
|1.8 TFSI multitronic 2dr Auto||£27,975||48.7 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TDI 2dr||£28,775||61.4 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TDI multitronic 2dr Auto||£30,255||60.1 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI quattro 2dr||£30,420||55.4 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI quattro SE Technik 2dr||£32,690||55.4 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI SE Technik 2dr||£31,045||61.4 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TDI SE Technik multitronic 2dr Auto||£32,525||60.1 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDIe 2dr||£28,775||64.2 mpg||8.4 s|
|2.0 TDIe SE Technik 2dr||£31,045||64.2 mpg||8.4 s|
|2.0 TFSI 2dr||£29,410||44.8 mpg||6.9 s|
|2.0 TFSI multitronic 2dr Auto||£30,875||47.1 mpg||6.9 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro 2dr||£30,970||41.5 mpg||6.4 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 2dr Auto||£32,450||40.4 mpg||6.5 s|
|2.0 TFSI S line 2dr||£33,480||44.8 mpg||6.9 s|
|2.0 TFSI S line multitronic 2dr Auto||£34,945||47.1 mpg||6.9 s|
|2.0 TFSI SE 2dr||£31,180||44.8 mpg||6.9 s|
|2.0 TFSI SE multitronic 2dr Auto||£32,645||47.1 mpg||6.9 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro S line 2dr||£38,515||48.7 mpg||5.9 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro SE 2dr||£36,215||48.7 mpg||5.9 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro SE S tronic 2dr Auto||£37,660||49.6 mpg||5.8 s|
|3.0 TDI SE multitronic 2dr Auto||£34,145||57.6 mpg||7.1 s|
|3.0 TFSI quattro S line 2dr Auto||£40,305||34.9 mpg||5.8 s|
On sale until August 2011
On sale until July 2011
|3.0 TDI quattro S line 2dr||£38,095||42.8 mpg||5.9 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro SE 2dr||£35,795||42.8 mpg||5.9 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro Sport 2dr||£36,765||42.8 mpg||5.9 s|
On sale until February 2009
|2.0 TDI||£28,115||53.3 mpg||8.3 s|
|2.0 TDI quattro||£29,605||47.9 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TFSI||£28,385||42.8 mpg||6.9 s|
|2.0 TFSI (180ps)||£26,380||42.8 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TFSI (180ps) Auto||£26,380||-||-|
|2.0 TFSI Auto||£28,385||-||-|
|2.0 TFSI quattro||£29,875||38.2 mpg||6.5 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro Auto||£29,875||-||-|
|2.7 TDI Auto||£31,540||-||-|
|3.0 TDI quattro||£33,255||42.8 mpg||5.9 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro Auto||£33,255||-||-|
|3.2 FSI Auto||£33,100||-||-|
|3.2 FSI quattro||£33,145||31.7 mpg||6.1 s|
|3.2 FSI quattro Auto||£33,145||-||-|
On sale until April 2008
|1.8 TFSI||£26,535||39.8 mpg||8.4 s|
|1.8 TFSI Auto||£26,535||-||-|
|1.8 TFSI Sport||£27,485||39.8 mpg||8.4 s|
|1.8 TFSI Sport Auto||£27,485||-||-|
- Impressively put together, with solid build and good quality materials.
- Large boot at 455 litres, or 829 with the rear seats folded.
- Secure handling, particularly in quattro models.
- Cabin layout is out of date compared to modern rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and BMW 4 Series.
- Owner Feedback:- Sport/S line suspension/tyre set up extremely hard especially for poor UK roads. Not worth the money.
- On RHD models the pedal box has been offset so far to the right you may have to sit at an angle. Tiring after a couple hours so check you can live with it.
- Cabin rattles and squeaks from dash and rear parcel shelf areas, very un Audi.
- Frameless door glass rubber seals sometimes leak in heavy rain/car wash. Variable
weighting on the electronic power steering can catch you out.
- Lack of dipstick is a real problem when the MMI system fails and there is no way of checking the oil level.
- Bottom of 'Which' 2009 new car reliability survey.
What to watch out for
Reports of rattles at various speeds from the dash, both doors needing re-aligning as they did not match up with the adjoining panels, windows leaking slightly when hosed - between door window and rear pillar.
MMI console occasionally locks and will not allow playing of CDs. Several readers have suffered repeated problems with the MMI system.
Two clutch/dual mass flywheel/release bearing failures separately reported.
Problem with phone ECU. Iffy BT connection with phone - "phonebook" voice command tells you its empty when in fact its not.
One complaint that paint comes off in large chips.
One touch (keyless) door locking sometimes doesn't.
One report of failure of Diesel Particulate Filter sensor. That particular car has spend 3 months of 18 months ownership inside Audi dealerships either being fixed or waiting for parts.
09 reg Audi A5 3.0 TDI Quattro Sport after 6 months and 3,000 miles emission control warning light came on. Diagnosed as an auxiliary coolant pump failure and a required software update. A replacement was quickly fitted and the software updated all under warranty.
Repeated reversing sensor failures.
11-5-2011: Apparent "design fault" with 2 litre (petrol) engines that leads to excessive oil consumption. One reader's 6 month old, 4,000 mile A5 2.0 petrol taken in for "modification". New Audi 2.0 petrol engines already have this "modification"
11-5-2011: Apparent "design fault" with 2 litre (petrol) engines that leads to excessive oil consumption. One reader's 6 month old, 4,000 mile A5 2.0 petrol taken in for "modification". New Audi 2.0 petrol engines already have this "modification".
7-6-2011: Report of Multitronic transmission of 2007 2.7 V6 diesel failing after 4 years.
22-10-2011: Sometimes severe road noise is due to a combination of poor UK road surfaces 19" wheels with 40 profile tyres and Audi suspensions systems. Apparently, it is to do with the aluminium, multilink suspension. The advantages are obvious; however, there are downside as well. Apparently, aluminium transmits noise and resonance from the road much more readily than the old cast iron system . Moreover, the older suspension systems had significant rubber mountings to try and cut down on road noise and resonance. A multilink system does not lend itself to having such mountings.
23-6-2012: Typical replacement cost of main headlight bulb including fitting and VAT is £208.42
21-9-2012: Heavy oil consumption problem reported on June A5 2.0TFSI since new. This appears to be quite common but by no means universal on chain cam VAG 1.8TFSIs and 2.0TFSIs.
27-10-2012: Persistent but intermittent fault reported with electric parking brake. Many attempts by Audi dealer to fix it have failed.
1-11-2012: Front eyelash style daytime running LED units, 7 or 8 LEDs within each unit. If one single LED fails the whole headlight unit has to be replaced at a cost of £400.
1-5-2013: Reader reported: " The oil consumption of my A5 2.0 TFSI (2008) was getting steadily worse and got down to around 600 miles per litre. This appears to be a known fault due to a faulty batch of piston rings for vehicles of its age. Audi ran tests and confirmed that it was just out of spec! and that it needed new pistons and rings at around £5,000 before goodwill. Even so the final bill was just under £700. Recognising the car is 18 months out of warranty with 60,000 miles I didn’t think this was too bad? I’m sure the offer wouldn’t have been this good without main agent servicing/relationship."
10-1-2014: Reader reports that the latest 2013/2014 software for his A5's satnav always takes him on bizarre, lengthy routes whatever route option he selects. Even when the fasterst/shortes route is selected it has taken him on a route 30 minutes longer, and on one occasion chose a route 54 miles longer than the shortest route.
21-1-2014: Very serious oil consumption problem on 66k mile 2009 A5 Sportback 2.0 TSI. Might be piston rings. But recent drop from 800 miles a litre to 326 miles a litre suggests the problem is carbon build up on the valves preventing the valves from seating properly which, in turn, allows engine oil to seep past the valve stem oil seals perpatuating the problem. Possible, but far from guaranteed, that a Terraclean might solve this. Audi offered new piston rings at the reduced price of £1,200.
22-1-2014: Yet another A5 2.0 TSI oil consumption problem reported, this in a 24k mile 2011 A5 cabrio. Tested as using 0.81 litres of oil in 625 miles (1,000km).
18-2-2014: Further case of oil consumption problem on a 57k mile 2010 A5 2.0 TSI just out of warranty. Dealer diagnosed need for new pistons and rings, supplied FoC by Audi, but labour cost of £1,780.
23-3-2014: Complaint that TSB to upgrade the EPAS software of S5s makes the steering over-light and devoid of feel.
28-3-2014: 50,000 mile Audi A5 2.0 TDI coupe, under 3 years old and still under warranty, needed new clutch and DMF. Cost £2,187. Dealer demanded £70 for return of old clutch for independent examination.
21-10-2014: Clutch, DMF and release bearing all replaced on 43k mile Audi A5 3.0 TDI.
27-8-2015: 55k mile 2011 Audi A5 1.8 TFSI coupe purchased used from independent dealer found to be using 1 litre of oil every 380 miles. Audi dealer who just serviced the car is doing a check on this and the results will be sent to Audi HQ.
11-5-2016: Repeated oil leaks reported from 7-speed longitudinal s-tronic of 2012 Audi A5 3.0V6 quattro at 56,000 miles, after routine transmission fluid change. Fixed by the dealer after a 2nd dismantling FoC. Same dealer had serviced the car throughout its entire life.
10-6-2016: Report of EGR of 2012 Audi A5 2.0TDI needing replacement at 44,000 miles.
21-1-2017: Report of Audi A5 2.0TDI using 10% more fuel after the VAG NOx emissions 'fix'.
22-1-2017: After 2 months from purchase 33k mile 2011/61 Audi A5 2.0TFSI quatto found to have used 1.5 litres of oil in 1,500 miles.
8-3-2017: Report of a Tech Bulletin to fit shields in the load compartments of Audi A5s to prevent backsplash water from the cabin vent flaps getting into the load area and damaging the sound system amplifier if one is fitted in the wheel well: A5 has tech. svc. bulletin TSB 2024804/1, 01/2011 requiring part # 8T0 863 681 plus clips.
5-4-2017: Report of problems with s-tronic transmission of 2010 Audi A5 bought from Audi dealer in 2016 at 40,000 miles for £15,995. "When were sitting still the car would shoot forward." Original Audi dealer refused to do anything about it so owner took car to a different Audi dealer who re-set the transmission several times to no avail, then said it needed newe Mechatronics. Turned out they merely refurbed the Mechatronics. Another Audi dealer tried to get Audi to agree to a new transmission, but Audi would only agree to new Mechatronics that still have not solved the problem.
11-5-2017: "Massive engine failure" reported in 3.0V6 TFSI S5 at 60,000 miles.
6-11-2017: Report of 76,000 mile Audi A5 3.0V6 TDI s-tronic (DL501 transmission) lurching forward against the brakes when stopping at traffic lights and junctions and it has stalled a few times. There is also a rumbling noise like marbles in a drum when you rev the engine and the revs drop and there is a vibration in the passenger seat when idling that disappears when you pull away. Full Audi service history but questionmark over how many times the transmission fluid and filter had been changed.
18-1-2018: Report of repeat clutch failures on 2008 Audi S5 owned from new, now at 100,000 miles and on its fourth clutch. This was the first Audi drivetrain that placed the diff between the engine and the gearbox with drive back to the central diff. Owner says an Audi employee told him that the release pin in the models up to Feb 2008 were too short to do their job so the clutch and flywheel burnt out. Audi HQ says Ausi has not changed the design of the release pin which must mean that duff clutches have been re-fitted. In the face of CCJ's the Audi retailer has paid for or refunded replacements but is refusing to help with the current fourth clutch as the var has a tow bar, always have had actually. No caravan, just a two wheeler trailer for garden waste.
19-2-2018: Report of 2009/10 reg Audi A5 2.0 TFSi automatic using 1 litre of oil every 350 miles.
15-4-2018: Report that over 100,000 miles a 2008 Audi S5 manual coupe has needed four new clutches. Onwer has an unsubstantiated rumour that up until March 2008 "the release pin was too short, consequently the clutch would burn out". We have no evidence of this.
7-9-2018: Unspecified problem reported with DL501 longitudinal S-Tronic transmission on 2011 Audi S5 art 50k miles.
Recall 3.0 TDI V6 quattro December 2008 for inspection / possible replacement of fuel pipe from filler to tank and re programming of electrical systems and possible change of battery as the correct type may not have been fitted at the factory.
23-3-2014: Complaint that TSB to upgrade the EPAS spotware of S5s makes the steering over-light and devoid of feel.
4-11-2015: EA288 1.8TFSI and 2.0TFSI engines recalled in USA because the rear camshaft lobe is prone to unexpectedly shear off from the shaft. The failure causes reduced engine power and loss of vacuum pump power, cutting vacuum supply to the brake booster and eventually resulting in increased braking effort."A reduction in engine power and/or increased need for braking effort after vacuum reserve has been depleted while driving can increase the risk of a crash," a statement cautions. The campaign affects approximately 92,000 vehicles including the 2015-2016 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat. In notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, VAG stated that the root cause of the camshaft failures has not been fully understood. The company is still continuing an in-depth failure analysis and development of a repair solution, however a fix may not be ready until the end of the first quarter of 2016.
01-05-2017: R/2017/115: COOLANT PUMP MAY OVERHEAT. Foreign particles in the engine coolant can lead to a blockage in the additional coolant pump and cause the pump to overheat.Foreign particles in the coolant can lead to a blockage in the additional coolant pump and cause the pump to overheat. Fix: Recall the machines that are likely to be affected and update the software, which will deactivate the additional coolant pump in the event of malfunction. If there has been a malfunction of the additional water pump, it will be replaced. VINS: WAUZZZ8D0CN002863 to WAUZZZ8FXDN018070; WAUZZZ8T0CA007557 to WAUZZZ8TXDA078749; WAUZZZ8K0DA002920 to WAUZZZ8KZDA250141; WA1CFAFP2DA094219 to WA1LFBFPXFA065950; WAUFFBFC9EN010054 to WAUFFBFC9EN010054. Build dates: 01-05-2011 to 31-10-2016.
08-01-2018/R/2017/334: AUXILLIARY HEATER ELEMENT IN AIR CONDITIONING MAY FAIL AND/OR OVERHEAT. The auxilliary heater element in the air conditioner may fail as a result of overheating in the area of the connectors, in conjunction with smoulder damage or potential fire. Fix: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected and fit an auxilliary heater element with opimised electrical connectors. The activation of the electric auxilliary heater must be adjusted by updating the software for the air conditioning control console. VINs: WAUZZZ8F9BN017814 to WAUZZZ8F3GN002622; WAUZZZ8K3BA148578 to WAUZZZ8K8GA006511; WAUZZZ8R0BA099157 to WAUZZZ8R9GA037179; WAUZZZ8T6BA072380 to WAUZZZ8T4GA015182. Build dates: 02-04-2011 to 01-08-2015.
- March 2007: Audi A5 Launched
- August 2007: More models added
- October 2007
- June 2008
- July 2008
- November 2008
- February 2009
- July 2011: Facelift announced
- February 2012
- March 2014: A5 TDI Ultra launched
- November 2014
Audi A5 Launched
Four-seat Audi coupé inspired by the Nuvolari concept study shown at Geneva in 2003. Spearheaded the new transmission, steering and front subframe design for the new A4 and A6. UK pricing for the first launch phase released on March 6th from £30,175 OTR for the A5 2.7 TDI to £40,025 OTR for the S5 quattro.
Features FSI and TDI engines reconfigured for increased power output, fuel economy and reduced emissions. First Audi model to feature extended wheelbase length achieved through repositioning of the front axle further ahead of the engine for optimum load distribution and handling balance.
New five-link front suspension and revised trapezoidal link rear set-up, completely re-engineered steering repositioned ahead of the front axle closer to the wheel centre line for improved response. Engines at launch in the UK: revised 3.2-litre V6 FSI petrol with 265PS featuring new valvelift technology, revised 4.2-litre V8 FSI petrol with 354PS (for S5), revised 2.7 TDI with 190PS, revised 3.0 TDI with 240PS.
More models added
3.2 FSI and 2.7 TDI versions of A5 join existing 3.0 TDI and 4.2 V8 FSI S5 models in UK line-up. Available to order exclusively with multitronic CVT automatic transmission. Both engines feature refinements that boost power, performance and economy Audi valvelift technology reduces fuel consumption by 10 per
cent in A5 3.2 FSI.
A5 2.7 TDI multitronic £31,640 OTR, A5 3.2 FSI multitronic £33,230 OTR
A5 2.7 TDI - 190PS @ 3,500-4,000rpm, 400Nm @1,400-3,250rpm, 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds, 144mph, 42.2mpg, CO2 178g/km
A5 3.2 FSI - 265PS @ 6,500rpm, 330Nm @ 3,000-5,000rpm, 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds, 155mph, 31.7mpg, CO2 207g/km
2.7 TDI and 3.2 FSI available for order from September 2007 at £31,640 and £33,230 respectively.
A5 1.8 TFSI available to order with six-speed manual transmission for £26,190 OTR or £27,140 with Sport specification - first UK deliveries in late November. 170PS @ 4,800-6,200rpm, 250Nm @1,500-4,800rpm, 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds, 140mph, 39.8mpg, CO2 169g/km
Latest seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission available with longitudinal engines from late 2008. Where existing six-speed S tronic was limited to the transversely mounted units in TT and A3, the latest transmission with 550Nm torque threshold can technically be fitted to new A4, A5, Q5 and more models in the future.
All new high-torque ea888 chain cam 2.0TFSI available to order in front-wheel-drive or quattro all-wheel-drive forms priced at £28,760 OTR and £30,285 OTR – first deliveries August 2008. 211PS @ 4,300 to 6,000rpm, 350Nm @ 1,500-4,200rpm. A5 2.0 TFSI 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, top speed 155mph, combined mpg 42.8, Low CO2 of 154g/km for FWD. Standard specification includes xenon headlamps with trademark LED strip daytime running lamps, 17-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, 3-zone electronic climate control, a 10-speaker Concert CD audio system, full Milano leather upholstery and rear acoustic parking.
New 2.0 TFSI 180PS engine replaces 1.8 TFSI 170PS unit in A5 range, and is positioned below existing 2.0 TFSI 211PS version. Max power at 4,000rpm, peak torque 320Nm from 1,500rpm. 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds, top speed 148mph, 42.8mpg combined, 154g/km C)2 (6-speed manual). Standard or Sport manual transmission for £26,710 OTR and £27,660 OTR, first UK deliveries October 2008, or with multitronic CVT automatic for £28,185 OTR and £29,135 OTR, first UK deliveries January 2009.
New A5 2.0 TDI capable of 53mpg-plus economy announced from £28,485 2WD and £30,010 quattro. Sport and S line upgrades available at premiums of £950 and £2,250 over standard models. Powered by latest 2.0 TDI engine with common rail piezo fuel injection delivering 170PS at 4,200rpm and 350Nm from 1,750rpm to 2,500rpm – initially available with manual transmission only.
A5 2.0 TDI - 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds, 140mph top speed, 53.3mpg combined, CO2 140g/km, A5 2.0 TDI quattro 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds, 140mph top speed, 47.9mpg combined, CO2 156g/km. New S line specification available across the A5 range includes S line body and interior styling enhancements, 18-inch S line alloy wheels, sports suspension and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights.
Audi A5 2.0 TDI – OTR Pricing
A5 2.0 TDI £28,485
A5 2.0 TDI Sport £29,435
A5 2.0 TDI S line £30,735
A5 2.0 TDI quattro £30,010
A5 2.0 TDI quattro Sport £30,960
A5 2.0 TDI quattro S line £32,260
A5 S line equipment includes:
18-inch 5-spoke S line design alloy wheels with 245/40 R18 tyres
Sports suspension (S line suspension available at no extra cost)
S line side sill extensions and front and rear bumper design
Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights
3-spoke S line multi-function steering wheel
S line embossed sports seats upholstered in Milano leather
Perforated leather gear knob
3-zone climate control
Rear acoustic parking
Driver’s Information System in colour
Audi Concert audio system with single CD, 10 speakers, 180-watt output
Electric front windows
A5 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds (manual 6.5), top speed 150mph (manual 153mph), combined mpg 38.2 (manual 38.2), CO2 172g/km (manual 173g/km)
Extensively re-engineered and subtly restyled Sportback, Coupe and Cabriolet models now offer 60mpg-plus and 122g/km potential. Subtle re-sculpting and significant re-engineering will enable new generation Audi A5 and S5 Sportback, Coupe and Cabriolet models to slip even more elegantly, more nimbly and more cleanly through the air.
4.2V8 of S5 replaced by 3.0 litre Supercharged V6 TFSI engine producing 245kW/333PS. Also has stop-start technology for better fuel efficiency. Audi claims an average fuel economy of 8.9 litres/100 km (compared to the 12.6 litres/100 km in the V8 coupe and 10.7 litres/100 km in the Cabriolet).
Equipped with its new and 20 per cent more efficient engine, and with standard S tronic twin clutch transmission in common with Sportback and Cabriolet counterparts, the S5 Coupe can power to 62mph from rest in 4.9 seconds – a 0.2-second improvement over the 4.2V8 – on the way to a governed 155mph top speed. Combined fuel economy stands at 34.9mpg, a significant improvement over the tiptronic V8 Coupe’s 26.4mpg.
At the other end of the spectrum, the entry level 1.8-litre TFSI unit, which will be available across the ranges, has been completely redesigned. It features ground-breaking innovations in many areas, including control of the valves and their lift, thermal management, fuel injection, turbocharging and the integration of the exhaust manifold. With power increased from 160PS to 170PS, it effectively replaces the 180PS version of the four-cylinder 2.0-litre TFSI engine, and in the A5 Coupe combines best-in-class 49.6mpg economy potential with a 21 per cent reduction inoutput to 134g/km CO2.
The four-cylinder, 2.0-litre TFSI engine continues in 211PS form in all variants, offering up to 44.1mpg with CO2emissions of as little as 149g/km. New to the diesel-powered line-up is the 204PS version of the acclaimed 3.0-litre V6 TDI which has already brought exceptional economy and efficiency to the A6 Saloon, A7 Sportback and A8 luxury saloon. Replacing the outgoing 2.7-litre, 190PS V6 TDI, it can deliver up to 57.6mpg at the expense of just 129g/km of CO2when it is installed in the front-wheel-drive A5 Coupe. The existing 3.0-litre TDI unit which works in conjunction with quattro all-wheel-drive also continues in upgraded 245PS form.
The efficiency standard-bearer in the new range will undoubtedly be the heavily modified 2.0-litre TDI, which with the potential for up to 60.1mpg and emissions of just 122g/km in the manual transmission A5 2.0 TDI Coupe sets new standards in the class.
As before, six-speed manual, seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch and eight-speed multitronic CVT transmissions will feature depending on the engine chosen, as will quattro all-wheel-drive. The 2012 Model Year A5 ranges upgrade to the latest system combining the crown gear centre differential - first seen in the RS 5 - with torque vectoring for even more effective torque distribution. The quattro system is offered as an optional extra for the 2.0-litre TFSI 211PS petrol and 2.0-litre TDI 177PS units, and as standard in conjunction with 3.0-litre TFSI 272PS and 3.0-litre TDI 245PS engines. As is always the case, the S models are quattro-equipped by definition.
Availability of the quattro rear sports differential, which further enhances agility and adjustability by enabling torque to be apportioned between the rear wheels, also now extends to all quattro-equipped models in the latest ranges.
With or without the quattro advantage the latest A5 models will cover ground even more effectively thanks to revisions to the predominantly aluminium lightweight suspension, and most notably to the damper settings and rear suspension bearings.
Especially keen drivers can specify the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system, which in its standard form allows them to fine-tune the amount of power steering assistance, the response of the throttle and the automatic transmission’s shift points. In its latest form, the system adds a fourth ‘Efficiency’ option to its settings list, which originally offered ‘Comfort’, ‘Auto’ and ‘Dynamic’ modes. In the Efficiency mode, all the above functions, plus the air conditioning unit, are configured for minimal power consumption.
If optional satellite navigation is fitted, Audi drive select also incorporates a fifth ‘Individual’ setting which allows even more precise tailoring of the various elements to suit personal preferences. For the ultimate in driver control, it will also be possible to specify additional ‘modules’ that add adjustable damping, variable ratio dynamic steering and the ability to fine-tune the sensitivity of the sport differential.
All three variants cut more of a dash visually too, thanks to gentle re-shaping of the bumpers, grilles, bonnets and front and rear light clusters which brings the A5 look subtly into line with the very latest Audi design language. The changes are particularly apparent in S line models, which now feature LED strip daytime running lights that virtually surround the headlight unit at the front, and newly designed LED strip lights at the rear. This striking light set-up can also be specified for all other versions at extra cost as part of a package that also includes adaptive swivelling headlights for improved corner illumination.
Inside, the A5 models have exceeded their own already regularly praised standards in their latest form. Among the detail changes to the premium quality cabin are new steering wheels, including an option for a flat-bottomed wheel, new steering column stalks and narrow chrome clasps framing the control elements. Also updated are the ignition key, the selector lever for the automatic transmission, the buttons for the optional Audi drive select system and seat heating/ventilation and the air conditioning and multifunction steering wheel controls. The bezels on the instrument cluster and centre console have a new finish, and there is also a new selection of upholstery and inlays.
The controls for the optional MMI navigation plus with its large hard drive, seven-inch colour monitor, 3D graphics and DVD player have also been improved. The number of hard buttons has been reduced from eight to four and the volume control now features a joystick cap for simpler track selection. Voice control and digital radio reception also received some fine-tuning.
Standard, SE and S line specification levels continue as before in Cabriolet and Sportback models, the latter now offering the extra cost option of three full seatbelts in the rear as an alternative to the existing two. The A5 Coupe previously offered a fourth Sport trim option, but now moves into line with its relatives.
An exciting new option available across the board is a high specification mobile phone interface offering online services, which not only brings a Google-powered Points of Interest search and navigation using Google Earth images, but also creates a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) hotspot within the A5 enabling occupants to connect phones and computers to the internet wirelessly.
Sleek new generation midsize coupe and Sportback models become even harder to resist thanks to even more cost-effective TDIe versions and new specification.
Two Audi TDIe engines famed for their frugality, two body styles coveted for their curves and an attractive new SE Technik specification join forces to highly desirable effect in the latest A5 Coupe and A5 Sportback ranges. The beautifully proportioned pair share the latest 2.0-litre TDIe engine delivering 163PS with CO2output of as little as 115g/km and the potential for up to 64.2mpg. The Sportback also offers a 136PS version of this unit with a very similar blend of attributes, and combines this with a very attractive starting price of £27,320 OTR, making it the most cost-effective TDI in the new generation A5 range.
Both four-cylinder diesel engines are characterised by low internal friction for optimum operating efficiency, variable turbine geometry for the sharpest possible response across the rev range and a new centrifugal governor in a dual-mass flywheel designed to further boost refinement. The new, lighter flywheel also improves engine response at low revs and therefore permits earlier up-shifts for more efficient driving.
The A5 Sportback 2.0 TDIe 136PS can accelerate from rest to 62mph in 9.5 seconds, reach a top speed of 132mph where conditions allow and return up to 64.2mpg according to the official combined cycle test, equating to impressively low CO 2 output of 117g/km. The 163PS version reduces the acceleration time to 8.7 seconds, increases the top speed to 137mph and yet is still able to achieve up to 62.8mpg with a negligible increase in CO2 output to 118g/km.
In the Coupe the 163PS engine fares even better, pushing the TDIe to 62mph in 8.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 140mph, raising economy to 64.2mpg and taking CO2to 115g/km, the lowest level in the revised range. In each case these engines are linked exclusively to six-speed manual transmission.
In addition to the new ‘e’ units the TDI range in the A5 Sportback continues to include 143PS and 177PS versions of the 2.0-litre engine, and the 3.0-litre V6 TDI in 204PS and 245PS forms, the latter linked to quattro all-wheel-drive without exception. The A5 Coupe is available with the 177PS 2.0-litre TDI and the two V6 TDIs.
In both Sportback and Coupe models all the four-cylinder TDI engines can be combined with a new, highly cost effective SE Technik specification seen first in the A4 Saloon and Avant ranges. At a premium of £1,000 on top of the SE model price for the Sportback or £500 on top of the SE price for the Coupe, it adds DVD satellite navigation, Audi Music Interface (AMI) iPod connection, the Audi Parking Plus system with front and rear sensors and cruise control to the familiar SE equipment list.
In both models SE specification already includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Milano leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation and a colour Driver’s Information System (DIS). Both TDIe engines are also available allied to Standard, SE and S line trim in the A5 Sportback, and Standard and SE in the Coupe.
A5 TDI Ultra launched
Although it shares its 163PS output with the more powerful of the two TDIe engines, which until now was reserved for the A5 Coupe, the unit powering the latest ultra models is a completely new development engineered for even leaner burning with no impact on performance.
Peak power arrives 1,200rpm earlier at 3,000rpm in the new ultra engine, and maximum torque increases from 380Nm to 400Nm and is available over a wider spread from 1,750rpm to 2,750rpm. Acceleration from rest to 62mph in the exclusively six-speed manual-equipped A5 TDI ultra is very slightly improved at 8.3 seconds (previously 8.4), and top speed holds firm at 140mph.
Economy is up to 56.5mpg according to the combined cycle test with emissions of just 109g/km
A5 Ultra Coupe models are available exclusively in SE form. All A5 Ultra models are equipped as standard with lowered sports suspension to reduce drag and maximise economy, and for the same reason the 18-inch alloy wheels normally included as part of the SE Technik upgrade for A4 models are omitted.
Forge Motorsport announced a bespoke supercharger reduction pulley for the 3.0T V6 Audi S5. When used in conjunction with a software upgrade, this component will help to achieve more power and, in particular, more torque.
The Forge Audi S5 V6 Pulley kit comes with a new belt, to take into account its smaller size, and is a direct replacement for the OEM part. It is priced at £107.00 + VAT. Forge also offers a tailored pulley removal tool for £113.00 + VAT.
Fitting the kit will, of course, void any remaining Audi warranty on the engine.
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