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Audi A5 (2016–)

Last updated 7 May 2019

 
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High quality blend of refinement and handling ability, modern and stylish interior, 2.0 TDI is strong and impressively economical.
Audi Virtual Cockpit is impressive but a £450 option.
Updated 7 May 2019

Reader reported buying an Audi A5 2.0TFSI s-tronic 'Mild Hybrid' coupe (presumed 12v mild hybrid) and getting remarkable fuel economy of 49.6mpg calculated brim to brim.

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Introduction

The A5 Coupe is larger and lighter than its predecessor, while a new range of petrol and diesel engines will provide more power and improved economy.

The Audi A5 will be offered with two TFSI petrol engines and three TDI diesels, with power outputs ranging from 190PS to 286PS. Audi claims the new powertrains are 22 per cent more efficient than those found in the outgoing car. 

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel with 190PS is identical to the 72.4mpg unit found in the A4, linked to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic gearbox. The eight-speed tiptronic is reserved for the 3.0-litre V6 diesel with 286PS and front-wheel drive will be standard across the four-cylinder range, while the more powerful variants will get quattro all-wheel drive. Significantly, the turbocharged 3.0 V6 petrol engine develops its peak torque of 500Nm from just 1,350rpm and holds it to 4,500rpm.

As well as more power and lower running costs, the A5 weighs 60kg less thanks to a new longer and lighter platform built from aluminium. The interior will mirror the upmarket and modern cabin found in the A4, with a minimalist dashboard and a large rotary controller for the colour infotainment system. 

The virtual cockpit system - as seen in the TT and A4 - will be available as an option and standard equipment level are expected to be high, with navigation, cruise control and parking sensors all included. 

There are increases in head and legroom in the A5, while the boot will be 10 litres larger with 465 litres on offer. The rear seats will also split 40:20:40 via a lever in the boot and the options list will include an automatic boot opening, operated via a foot motion towards the rear bumper.

The A5 is available with Audi's latest autonomous driving kit, which will include park assist, automatic emergency braking and an intuitive cruise control system that will control the car's speed in heavy traffic. 

Audi A5 2.0 TDI S tronic 2016 Road Test

List Price from £34,790
Buy new from £29,392
Contract hire from £287.99 per month
 

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