Audi A5 (2007–2016)

Model History

March 2007

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.

August 2007

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.

October 2007

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.

June 2008

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.

July 2008

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.

November 2008

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

February 2009

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)

July 2011

Facelift announced

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.

February 2012

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.

March 2014

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.

November 2014

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.

What does a Audi A5 (2007 – 2016) cost?

List Price from £39,330
Buy new from £32,094
Contract hire from £295.39 per month