Review: Audi A5 (2016)

Rating:

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.

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6 September 2019 Audi A5 facelift revealed

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Audi A5 (2016): At A Glance

The 2016 Audi A5 Coupe is larger and lighter than its predecessor, while a new range of petrol and diesel engines provide more power and improved economy.

The Audi A5 was initially 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 - is 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.

Audi A5 can be optioned with Audi's latest autonomous driving kit, which includes park assist, automatic emergency braking and an intuitive cruise control system that controls the car's speed in heavy traffic. 

Audi A5 2.0 TDI S tronic 2016 Road Test

What does a Audi A5 (2016) cost?

List Price from £34,790
Buy new from £26,289
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Audi A5 (2016): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4626–4673 mm
Width 2020–2029 mm
Height 1371–1372 mm
Wheelbase 2764–2765 mm

Full specifications

Perhaps the biggest change from the old car is found inside. After almost a decade on sale, it’s no surprise that the interior of the outgoing A5 was starting to shows its age. But this latest model is bang up to date. The quality of the finish has been upped and there are some lovely design features like the neat gear lever and floating infotainment screen.

What the A5 does so well is get the key elements right. The driving position is spot on, all the buttons and switches are wonderfully tactile and there’s high quality leather on all the key points you come into contact with. There’s also more space - particularly head and shoulder room - and a slightly bigger boot too, now 465 litres, which is more than the BMW and Mercedes-Benz rivals.

Of course this being an Audi there are plenty of toys inside. Our favourite is the Audi Virtual Cockpit which is a fancy name for a big colour screen which replaces the conventional dials. It may seem like a gimmick but there’s no denying it’s an impressive bit of kit.

The fact you can have the full navigation map display in front of you is really handy. Our only criticism is that sometimes it can be a case of information overload. Oh and of course it’s optional across the range, with an expected cost of around £450 - not even the top S5 models get it as standard.

That said, standard equipment is pretty good. The entry-level SE model comes with 17-inch wheels, three-zone climate control, keyless start, rear parking sensors, cruise control and MMI Radio Plus along with Audi drive select. Go for a Sport and you get navigation and sports seats while the S line gets things like the Knight Rider-esque dynamic indicators, lowered sports suspension and 18-inch alloys.

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What's the Audi A5 (2016) like to drive?

The new A5 is far quieter and smoother on the move than the old one. Much of that is down to improved aerodynamics with better sound insulation, along with newly developed front and rear suspension. The engine is near silent and even S line models on big 20-inch wheels are comfortable over rough roads. It’s perhaps here where the A5 feels a big step up from the original.

That's not to say it's soft in corners. The A5 manages to blend ride and handling very well, with nicely weighted steering and plenty of composure in corners. It will effortlessly deal with a series of tight bends and there's lots of front end grip plus decent traction, even in this front wheel drive variant. What it does so well is insulate the cabin from bumps and potholes in the road, so you can make smooth yet quick progress even on poor quality surfaces.

The A5 weighs less than before, around 60kg to be precise, thanks to a lighter body shell, which benefits both the handling and fuel economy. So while the 2.0 TDI now has more power than before with 190PS it’s actually more economical, returning 68.9mpg according to the official figures. Although as Real MPG for the A4 Avant shows, mid 40s is more likely to be a realistic figure. 

The 2.0 TDI also gets a revamped version of the six-speed manual gearbox but our choice would be the seven-speed S tronic automatic which you can get with front-wheel drive for the first time, replacing the multitronic CVT of the previous model. 

The S tronic has been tweaked with revised gearshifts and the result is a big improvement. We've often criticised the twin clutch gearbox for being hesitant and indecisive, but the changes have eliminated those problems, making this the smooth and quick shifting gearbox you'd expect from Audi.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.4 TFSI 150 S tronic 52–53 mpg 8.9 s 122–125 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 64–69 mpg 7.7 s 106–113 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 quattro S tronic 63–64 mpg 7.2 s 114–118 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 S tronic 67–71 mpg 7.7 s 105–111 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 Ultra 69 mpg 7.7 s 106 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 Ultra S tronic 71 mpg 7.7 s 105 g/km
2.0 TFSI 190 50–50 mpg 7.2 s 127–130 g/km
2.0 TFSI 190 S tronic 50–55 mpg 7.3 s 117–128 g/km
2.0 TFSI 252 quattro S tronic 44–48 mpg 5.8 s 136–141 g/km
3.0 TDI 218 quattro S tronic 60–61 mpg 6.2 s 117–123 g/km
3.0 TDI 286 quattro S tronic 51 mpg 5.2 s 143 g/km
35 TFSI S tronic - - 133–135 g/km
40 TDI S tronic - - 117–137 g/km
40 TFSI - - 135–136 g/km
40 TFSI S tronic - - 135–136 g/km
45 TFSI S tronic - - 152 g/km
S5 3.0 TFSI 354 quattro Tiptronic 37–38 mpg 4.7 s 170 g/km

Real MPG average for a Audi A5 (2016)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

76%

Real MPG

23–58 mpg

MPGs submitted

52

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What have we been asked about the Audi A5 (2016)?

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Why is my Audi A5 shaking when it starts up?

My 2016 Audi A5 has started shaking when it starts up and for the first mile or so, but when I get over 1000 revs it stops. It just had a new fuel filter and full service to eliminate a blockage and drove well after that. However, having sat for 2 weeks over Christmas it's worse than ever. Nothing coming up on a diagnostic but local mechanic suggested dual clutch mass. Any advice appreciated before I get shafted at Audi dealership!
Petrol or diesel? Presumably diesel. Probably frozen fuel. If the fuel does not have an anti-emulsifying additive, globules can form in it at low temperatures and these partially block the fuel filter until the engine heats up and melts the globules.
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