Audi A5 Sportback (2009 – 2017) Review
Audi A5 Sportback (2009 – 2017) At A Glance
Svelte coupe looks with large hatchback practicality. Plenty of space and headroom in the back. Low emissions from 2.0 TDI 170.
Starting to feel dated. Firm ride on S line models. Oil consumption problem with 2.0 TSI.
Launched in 2009, the A5 Sportback established itself as the elder statesmen of the Audi range and has plenty of executive appeal for those who want an attractive and spacious 5-door coupe. Despite the name, the A5 Sportback is actually based on the same platform as the A4 and boasts similar dimensions, with a cabin that’s large enough for four adults and a 480 litre boot.
Like all Audi cars, the Sportback is supported by a strong range of engines, which includes two petrols and two diesels. The petrol range starts with a turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol, with 170PS, which returns a claimed 48.7mpg and 136g/km of CO2. The larger 2.0-litre unit is hooked up to quattro four-wheel drive and packs 225PS, which will propel the A5 Sportback from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds.
The diesel line up is varied, with choice of a 2.0-litre or 3.0-litre V6 units and both engines offer a good balance between power and efficiency, with the former being the most frugal. Indeed, the most efficient diesel in the range is the 2.0 TDI 136PS unit, which returns a claimed 63.2mpg and emits 117g/km of CO2. The 2.0-litre engine is also available with 155PS and 177PS, but if power is your thing, then the 3.0 quattro with 245PS will be for you, although economy and emissions drop to 49.6mpg and 149g/km of CO2.
On the road the A5 Sportback is calm and comfortable, but does show its age with vauge handling and a hard ride in S line trim. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard across the range, but again this gearbox is disappointing, with a clunky operation that requires constant work.
Audi offers five trim levels - standard, SE, SE Technik, S Line and Black Edition - and all get DAB radio, climate control and cruise control as standard. S line trim includes sport suspension and 18-inch wheels, while the range topping Black Edition gets 19-inch wheels, Bang & Olufsen sound system and black polished radiator and matt black fog light surrounds.
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On the inside of an Audi A5 Sportback (2009 – 2017)
As is typical with Audi’s interior architecture, the A5 Sportback has an abundance of high quality materials and all the major fittings and trims feels like they have been put together with a sense of longevity. The dashboard is a standard Audi affair, with a simple layout and a clear set of dials, while all of the switches and buttons have a satisfying action – with a nice ‘click’ or ‘clunk’.
On the downside, the driver’s view of the road is rather limited for such a large car, with a small windscreen and thick pillars, which makes it awkward to identify the corners when parking or performing tight manoeuvres. We also disliked the offset of the pedals, which point to the right and makes it difficult to get your foot flat on the floor.
However, the A5 is extremely comfortable and even the entry level cloth seats are supportive, but no match for the superb leather seats that come standard on SE trim. The steering wheel is fully adjustable too and the mounted controls make it easy to operate the cruise control and audio.
The A5 Sportback does have a colossal boot, with 480 litres that can be extended to 980 litres by folding the rear seats. Unlike some of its rivals, the A5 Sportback’s rear seats fold completely flat and this makes it ideal for carrying large items as they can slide along the boot floor without obstruction.
Entry level models get air con and Audi’s Driver’s Information System (DIS) as standard, which offers fuel saving tips and gearshift indicator on the trip display. The system is simple to use, but does feel a little dated, with slow responses and uninspiring two tone display. If you spec up to SE trim you get a colour system, but it still lacks the interactive nature of the new infotainment systems you find in the newer Audi models, like the A3 Sportback.
S line trim bolsters the interior with leather sport seats, Matt-brushed aluminium inlays and perforated leather gear knob. The range topping Black Edition takes things one step further with Bang & Olufsen sound system, Flat bottomed steering wheel and piano black inlays.
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Driving Audi A5 Sportback (2009 – 2017)
The A5 Sportback is offered with an impressive range of engines, which includes two petrols and two diesels. If truth be told, there’s not a bad engine in the bunch and all of the powerplants return good levels of performance and economy.
The petrol range starts with the turbocharged four-cylinder 1.8-litre unit which has a sprightly 170PS and returns a claimed 48.7mpg. The larger and more powerful 2.0-litre unit is better for straight line speed, with 225PS and is also hooked up to Audi’s famous quattro four-wheel drive.
Most A5 Sportback buyers will be choosing a diesel and there’s a choice of two - a 2.0-litre or a 3.0-litre V6. The 2.0-litre strikes a good balance between performance and economy, with the choice of three outputs – 136PS, 150PS or 177PS. For us, the 177PS unit is the best, with a claimed 60mpg and just 127g/km of CO2. But if you prefer more punch from your diesel then the 3.0-litre V6 with quattro all-wheel drive will fulfil all of your high octane needs. It is a monster of an engine and boasts 245PS, with 500Nm of torque. What's more, the V6 will return 50mpg, yet cover 0-62mph in less than six seconds.
Sadly, when it comes to handling, the A5 Sportback is not as accomplished as its engine line up. For sure, it has plenty of grip and will lurch around corners without too much fuss, but we found its steering to be sluggish and vague. We also took issue with the manual gearbox, which we found to be notchy. Opting for S line trim – with sports suspension – fixes the numb handling issues to a point, but transforms the ride into an uncomfortable and bumpy experience.
However, on the motorway, the A5 Sportback transforms into a comfortable and tranquil car. Clearly, Audi has built its executive saloon to munch the motorway miles and we found it to be the perfect cruiser for running at 70mph for hours on end. But be warned, the A5 Sportback is not a driver’s car and even the addition of Audi’s famous quattro all-wheel drive does little to improve its disappointing B-road handling.
|1.8 TFSI 170||49 mpg||8.2 s||136 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 170 multitronic||48 mpg||8.4 s||136 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 177||44–46 mpg||8.2 s||141–148 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 177 multitronic||44–46 mpg||8.4 s||144–149 g/km|
|2.0 TDI||55 mpg||8.7 s||134 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 143||54 mpg||9.7 s||135 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 143 multitronic||49–59 mpg||9.4–9.7 s||127–152 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 multitronic||57–59 mpg||9.4 s||127 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177||60 mpg||8.5 s||120 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 multitronic||59 mpg||7.9 s||127 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 quattro||55 mpg||8.2 s||134 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 quattro S tronic||53 mpg||7.9 s||139 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190||57–61 mpg||7.8 s||119–132 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||7.5 s||128–141 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 quattro s tronic||50 mpg||7.4 s||147 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 quattro S tronic||52–55 mpg||7.4 s||135–142 g/km|
|2.0 TDI quattro||50–55 mpg||8.2–8.6 s||134–147 g/km|
|2.0 TDIe||63 mpg||8.7 s||118 g/km|
|2.0 TDIe 136||67 mpg||9.5 s||109 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI||44–45 mpg||7.1–8.1 s||144–152 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 211||44 mpg||7.1 s||152 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 211 multitronic||39 mpg||7.4 s||169 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 225 quattro||40–43 mpg||6.5 s||152–164 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 225 quattro S tronic||42 mpg||6.5 s||155 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 230 quattro||40–41 mpg||-||159–164 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 230 quattro S tronic||39–41 mpg||-||159–166 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI multitronic||39–46 mpg||7.2–8.6 s||144–169 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro||39–42 mpg||6.6–6.7 s||152–172 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||38–41 mpg||6.5–6.6 s||155–175 g/km|
|2.7 TDI||44 mpg||7.9 s||169 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 204 multitronic||58 mpg||7.1 s||129 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 245 quattro S tronic||46–50 mpg||5.9 s||149 g/km|
|3.0 TDI multitronic||58 mpg||7.1 s||129 g/km|
|3.0 TDI quattro||42–49 mpg||6.2–6.3 s||152–176 g/km|
|3.0 TDI quattro S tronic||43–50 mpg||5.9–6.1 s||149–174 g/km|
|3.2 FSI quattro||30 mpg||6.6 s||216 g/km|
|S5 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||36 mpg||5.1 s||184 g/km|
|S5 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic Sportback||36 mpg||5.1 s||190 g/km|
|S5 Sportback 3.0 TFSI||30 mpg||5.4 s||219 g/km|
|S5 Sportback 3.0 TFSI S tronic||36 mpg||5.1 s||184 g/km|
Audi A5 Sportback (2009 – 2017) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||1490–1755 kg|
|Boot Space||480–980 L|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Standard||Space-saving spare wheel / Tyre-repair kit|
|Road Tax Bands||B–K|
|Official MPG||30.1–67.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until April 2017
On sale until March 2017
|2.0 TDI 190ps S Line 5dr||£33,930||58.9 mpg||7.8 s|
On sale until June 2016
|2.0 TFSI Quattro 225 S Line S tronic 5dr||£37,855||40.9 mpg||6.5 s|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro 225ps S Line 5dr||£36,375||40.9 mpg||6.5 s|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro 225ps SE Technik 5dr||£34,735||40.9 mpg||6.5 s|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro Black Edition Plus 5dr||£37,875||39.8 mpg||6.5 s|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro Black Edition Plus S tronic 5dr||£39,470||39.2 mpg||6.5 s|
|2.0 TFSI Quattro SE Technik S tronic 5dr||£36,215||40.9 mpg||6.5 s|
On sale until March 2016
|2.0 TDI 136ps SE Ultra 5dr||£30,435||67.3 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TDI 190ps SE 5dr||£30,940||61.4 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI 190ps SE Multitronic 5dr||£32,420||62.8 mpg||7.8 s|
|2.0 TDI Quattro 190ps SE 5dr||£32,465||57.6 mpg||7.5 s|
|2.0 TDI Quattro 190ps SE S tronic 5dr||£34,075||55.4 mpg||7.4 s|
On sale until October 2015
|3.0 TFSI quattro 333 S tronic 5dr Auto||£42,990||35.8 mpg||5.1 s|
|3.0 TFSI quattro Black Edition 333 S tronic 5dr Auto||£44,065||35.8 mpg||5.1 s|
On sale until April 2015
On sale until September 2014
|1.8 TFSI Black Edition 170 5dr||£32,615||48.7 mpg||8.2 s|
|1.8 TFSI Black Edition 170 multitronic 5dr Auto||£34,095||47.9 mpg||8.4 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition 150 multitronic 5dr Auto||£35,935||58.9 mpg||9.4 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition 177 5dr||£34,885||60.1 mpg||8.5 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition 177 quattro 5dr||£36,540||55.4 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition multitronic 177 5dr Auto||£36,365||58.9 mpg||7.9 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition quattro 177 S tronic 5dr Auto||£38,020||53.3 mpg||7.9 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro Black Edition 225 5dr||£37,325||42.8 mpg||6.5 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro Black Edition 225 S tronic 5dr Auto||£38,805||42.2 mpg||6.5 s|
|3.0 TDI Black Edition multitronic 204 5dr Auto||£38,485||57.6 mpg||7.1 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro Black Edition 245 S tronic 5dr Auto||£42,010||49.6 mpg||5.9 s|
On sale until July 2013
|2.0 TDI 143ps multitronic 5dr Auto||£29,750||58.9 mpg||9.4 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition 143ps multitronic 5dr Auto||£34,895||58.9 mpg||9.4 s|
|2.0 TDI S line 143ps multitronic 5dr Auto||£33,820||58.9 mpg||9.4 s|
|2.0 TDI SE 143ps multitronic 5dr Auto||£31,520||58.9 mpg||9.4 s|
|2.0 TDI SE Technik 143ps multitronic 5dr Auto||£32,870||58.9 mpg||9.4 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro Black Edition 5dr||£36,280||41.5 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro Black Edition S tronic 5dr Auto||£37,760||40.4 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S line 5dr||£35,205||41.5 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S line S tronic 5dr Auto||£36,685||40.4 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro SE 5dr||£32,905||41.5 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro SE S tronic 5dr Auto||£34,385||40.4 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro SE Technik 5dr||£34,255||41.5 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro SE Technik multitronic 5dr Auto||£35,735||40.4 mpg||6.6 s|
On sale until November 2012
|2.0 TDI quattro 5dr||£29,770||55.4 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.0 TDIe 5dr||£28,125||62.8 mpg||8.7 s|
|2.0 TDIe S line 5dr||£32,195||62.8 mpg||8.7 s|
|2.0 TDIe SE 5dr||£29,895||62.8 mpg||8.7 s|
|2.0 TDIe SE Technik 5dr||£30,895||62.8 mpg||8.7 s|
|2.0 TFSI 5dr||£28,760||44.8 mpg||7.1 s|
|2.0 TFSI multitronic 5dr Auto||£30,240||45.6 mpg||7.2 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro 5dr||£30,320||41.5 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 5dr Auto||£31,800||40.4 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI S line 5dr||£32,830||44.8 mpg||7.1 s|
|2.0 TFSI S line multitronic 5dr Auto||£34,310||45.6 mpg||7.2 s|
|2.0 TFSI SE 5dr||£30,530||44.8 mpg||7.1 s|
|2.0 TFSI SE multitronic 5dr Auto||£32,010||45.6 mpg||7.2 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro S line 5dr||£37,865||48.7 mpg||6.2 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro SE 5dr||£35,565||48.7 mpg||6.2 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro SE S tronic 5dr Auto||£37,010||49.6 mpg||5.9 s|
|3.0 TDI SE multitronic 5dr Auto||£33,495||57.6 mpg||7.1 s|
On sale until August 2011
- Great looks.
- Sometimes severe road noise is due to a combination of poor UK road surfaces, ridiculous 'bling' 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.
- Black Edition models don't come with sat nav as standard.
What to watch out for
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".
21-9-2012: Heavy oil consumption problem reported on June A5 2.0 TFSI since new. This appears to be quite common but by no means universal on chain cam VWG 1.8 TFSIs and 2.0 TFSIs.
27-10-2012: Persistent but intermittent fault reported with electric parking brake. Many attempts by Audi dealer to fix it have failed.
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. Price of rings later further reduced to £720.
22-1-2014: Yet another A5 EA888 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 EA888 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.
22-12-2014: Used 2009 Audi A5 EA888 FSI 180 Sport 2dr Multitronic foud to have severe oil consumption problem in first 100 miles from purchase.
1-4-2015: 4 year old 36,500 mile 2011 Audi A5 Sportback required a new set of four dampers, despite being on sensible 17" wheels with 225/50 R17 tyres .
19-11-2015: Report of 54k mile 2010/59 reg Audi A5 2.0TFSI quattro using excessive oil. Low crankcase pressure diagnosed so needed software updates, new crankcase and crankshaft oil seals before they could set up an oil consumption test. Work done FoC. After 1,000km (620 miles) had used 0.5 litres of oil, but dealer tests showed outseif spac so engine will be stripped and repaired FoC.
10-12-2015: Referring back to oil consumption problem on 66k mile 2009 A5 EA888 2.0TFSI Sportback (21-1-2014), owner recovered the full cost of £696 from Audi UK that had been paid and the dealer later refunded £250 for excess oil used in 5 years of ownership. Not only that, after a recent problem with the satnav, the satnav aos was replaced FoC.
20-8-2016: Report of oil consumption of 1 litre per 1,000 miles by a 41,000 mile 2010 Audi A5 1.8T s-tronic.
21-1-2017: Report of Audi A5 2.0TDI using 10% more fuel after the VAG NOx emissions 'fix'.
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.
23-1-2018: Audi has ordered by German Federal Motor Transport Agency (KBA) to recall 127,000 cars following the alleged discovery of emissions cheat devices. Affects Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, Q5, SQ5 and Q7 cars fitted with V6TDI diesel engines. According to German newspaper Bild am Sontag (BaS), KBA ordered these vehicles be recalled after detecting “unacceptable shut-off decides” on several new V6 diesel engines which meet current EU6 emissions standards.
8-5-2018: Deliveries of Audi A6 and A7 models with V6TDI diesel engines suspended after the German KBA found they emitted excessive amounts of NOx in normal use. 60,000 more cars recalled.4-8-2018: Report of used 2010 Audi A5 1.8TSI with 55,000 miles, bought used, using very significant amounts of oil (a litre in 60 miles). This was discovered immediately, so buyer has the right to reject under the 2016 Consumer Rights Act as well as previous statutory and case law, but dealer is being difficult. No help from Audi because car had an extremely sketch service histpory. Quoted £4,000 for a rebuolt engine plus £2,000 to fit it.
4-11-2015: EA888 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: Audi A4, A5, A6 and Q5 (with EA888 2.0 TFSI engine): 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 WAUFFBFC9EN01005. Build dates: 1-5-2011 to 31-10-2016.
- June 2009: Audi A5 Sportback unveiled
- July 2009: New five-door A5 Sportback range opens for order
- July 2011: A5 facelift announced
- February 2012
Audi A5 Sportback unveiled
Combines style of a coupe, comfort of a saloon, and practicality of a station wagon. The Sportback joins the Coupé and Cabriolet as the third member of the A5 model family – and at the same time creates a new segment. The A5 Sportback will arrive at UK Audi Centres in October 2009. OTR prices will start from £23,710 for the 2.0 TFSI 180.
The coupe-like silhouette is the result of a roof section with a long, tapering roofline that is moderately lower by 36 mm (1.42 inches) than the A4 Sedan and of the short overhangs at the front and rear as well as the long wheelbase of 2,810 mm (9.22 feet) and the four frameless doors with their slim window styling.
The luggage volume of 480 litres (17.0 cubic feet) nearly equals that of the A4 Avant, and it has an impressive 980 liters (34.6 cubic feet)with the rear seatbacks folded down. The A5 Sportback provides a full measure of comfort on all four seats and convenient entry and exit through every door. Despite the fact that its exterior height is less than that of the A4 Saloon and that its roof tapers at the rear, the Sportback has comparable headroom and legroom.
New five-door A5 Sportback range opens for order
Standard, SE and S line models priced from £25,440 OTR to £36,220 OTR will reach their first UK customers in October. Thanks to extended wheelbase A5 Sportback offers head and leg room comparable with A4 Saloon and luggage capacity of up to 980 litres that runs A4 Avant close. Two FSI petrol and two common rail TDI diesel engines bound for the UK initially – 2.0 TFSI 211PS, 3.2 FSI 265PS, 2.0 TDI 170PS, 3.0 TDI 240PS.
Latest efficiency-enhancing start-stop and energy recuperation technology for 2.0 TDI manual version. Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system available for all models including option of acclaimed sport differential for 3.2 FSI quattro and 3.0 TDI quattro versions
The new A5 Sportback blends its additional doors into the sweeping curves that are instantly recognisable hallmarks of the A5 Coupe, and fully justifies their presence through an extended chassis that enables it to run the spacious A4 Saloon close on rear head and leg room. The benefits of the increase in wheelbase length from 2,751mm in the Coupe to 2,810mm are also evident in the load bay, which with a 480 litre capacity when the rear seats are in place comes close to matching the A4 Avant. When luggage takes priority and the rear seat backs are folded down, a total of 980 litres can be freed up.
At launch in the UK, four advanced direct injection engines will power the A5 Sportback – the 2.0-litre TFSI with 211PS and the 3.2-litre V6 FSI with 265PS from the petrol family, and from the diesel range the 2.0-litre TDI with 170PS and 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 240PS.
Initially, 2.0 TFSI, 3.2 FSI and 3.0 TDI engines will channel their power via the latest generation, rapid-shifting S tronic twin-clutch transmission to the quattro all-wheel-drive system. A six-speed manual gearbox will be reserved for the front-wheel-driven 2.0 TDI to enable the most economy-focused model in the first launch phase to benefit from the latest start-stop and energy recuperation technology.
With their reduced overhangs and optimised weight distribution made possible by the latest generation chassis with front axle repositioned ahead of the clutch, A5 Coupe, Cabriolet and Sportback models are characterised by outstanding agility and composure, and these traits are brought into especially sharp focus in quattro versions enhanced by the new optional sport differential. The new differential technology - available initially for 3.2 FSI quattro and 3.0 TDI quattro versions as an element of the extra cost Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system - enables the quattro system to not only transfer torque between the front and rear axles to counter traction losses, but also between the rear wheels to reduce steering effort and literally push the car through a corner.
The high-tech, high grip chassis can be enjoyed by up to four adults. The spacious, high quality cabin can be equipped to SE or S line specification, with a third Standard trim level reserved for four-cylinder models. All options include features such as climate control, a CD audio system, split folding rear seats and a Driver’s Information System (DIS), while SE models take a step up with comforts including full Milano leather upholstery, acoustic parking sensors and automatic headlight and wiper activation. On top of this, S line specification makes the most of the sharply sculpted lines of the A5 Sportback through exclusive grille and bumper treatments, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights
In addition to Audi drive select, the options list for the new A5 Sportback also features driving assistants including adaptive cruise control, the Audi side assist blind spot alert system and the Audi lane assist lane departure warning system. It also includes luxury entertainment and convenience features such as a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system and hard disk-based satellite navigation with MMI 3G offering even more intuitive control and further improved graphics plus the option to store MP3 files for music playback.
2.0 TDI (170PS) 6-speed manual £27,140
2.0 TFSI quattro (211PS) 7-speed S tronic £30,325
3.2 FSI quattro (265PS) 7-speed S tronic £33,910
3.0 TDI (240PS) 7-speed S tronic £34,020
S line models
2.0 TDI (170PS) 6-speed manual £29,340
2.0 TFSI quattro (211PS) 7-speed S tronic £32,525
3.2 FSI quattro (265PS) 7-speed S tronic £36,110
3.0 TDI (240PS) 7-speed S tronic £36,220
Audi S5 Sportback. From a displacement of 2,995 cm3 the compact V6 turbo engine delivers 333PS and 440 Nm (324.53 lb.-ft.) of torque between 2,900 and 5,300 rpm. The S5 Sportback sprints from 0 to 62mph in 5.4 seconds [provisional figure]; its top speed of 155mph is limited by an electronic governor. Combined economy 29.1mpg.
Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive are standard. Optional sport differential, which variably distributes power on the rear axle between the rear wheels. Sports suspension and 18-inch aluminium wheels with 245/40 tyres; black brake calipers bear S5 emblems at the front. Speed-dependent servotronic steering is also standard. Equipment highlights include electrically adjustable S sports seats covered with Silk Nappa leather. Sales of the Audi S5 Sportback will start in Spring 2010. UK pricing:
Standard models (4-cyl only)
2.0 TFSI (180PS) 6-speed manual£23,710
2.0 TFSI (180PS) multitronic£25,155
2.0 TFSI (211PS) 6-speed manual£25,715
2.0 TFSI quattro (211PS) 7-speed S tronic£28,625
2.0 TDI (170PS) 6-speed manual£25,440
2.0 TDI quattro (170PS) 6-speed manual£26,935
2.0 TFSI (180PS) 6-speed manual£25,410
2.0 TFSI (180PS) multitronic£26,855
2.0 TFSI (211PS) 6-speed manual£27,415
2.0 TFSI quattro (211PS) 7-speed S tronic£30,325
3.2 FSI quattro (265PS) 7-speed S tronic £33,910
2.0 TDI (170PS) 6-speed manual£27,140
2.0 TDI quattro (170PS) 6-speed manual£28,635
2.7 TDI (190PS) multitronic£30,885
3.0 TDI quattro 6-speed manual£32,600
3.0 TDI quattro (240PS) 7-speed S tronic£34,020
S line models
2.0 TFSI (180PS) 6-speed manual£27,610
2.0 TFSI (180PS) multitronic£29,055
2.0 TFSI (211PS) 6-speed manual£29,615
2.0 TFSI quattro (211PS) 7-speed S tronic£32,525
3.2 FSI quattro (265PS) 7-speed S tronic£36,110
2.0 TDI (170PS) 6-speed manual£29,340
2.0 TDI quattro (170PS) 6-speed manual£30,835
2.7 TDI (190PS) multitronic£33,085
3.0 TDI quattro (240PS) 6-speed manual£34,800
3.0 TDI quattro (240PS) 7-speed S tronic£36,220
First phase of UK deliveries October 2009.
A5 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. Beyond their measured exterior and interior styling updates, infotainment technology advances and chassis modifications, the three ranges are also characterised by CO2emission reductions of up to 22 per cent thanks to new and heavily revised engines and additional efficiency measures. UK orders for the new A5 and S5 models, which will be priced from £25,540 OTR, can be taken from September, ahead of first deliveries in December.
The key objective in updating the three ranges was to deliver major gains in efficiency without compromising on performance that fulfils the promise in the taut and muscular lines of the A5. This has been achieved primarily by introducing two new engines and completely redesigning others, but also by extending engine start-stop technology right across the range and replacing the hydraulic power steering system with a new electromechanical unit that demands no engine input when the wheel is in the straight-ahead position.
In realigning the engine range, Audi has remained true to its philosophy of using forced induction to compensate for cubic capacity in the interest of economy. The existing naturally aspirated 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine has been replaced by a new 272PS version of the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 unit in A5 Coupe and Cabriolet variants. The existing 333PS version of this engine, which already powers the S5 Sportback and S5 Cabriolet, will also now replace the 4.2-litre, naturally aspirated V8 in the S5 Coupe.
Equipped with its new and 20 per cent more efficient engine, and with standard S tronic twin clutch transmission in common with its Sportback and Cabriolet counterparts, the S5 Coupe can power to 62mph from rest in 4.9 seconds – a 0.2-second improvement over its V8-powered predecessor – 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 in CO2output 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.
|A5 Sportback – from £25,540 OTR|
|1.8 TFSI 170PS||Six-speed manual||136g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 211PS||Six-speed manual||152g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 211PS||Eight-speed multitronic||169g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 211PS quattro||Six-speed manual||172g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 211PS quattro||Seven-speed S tronic||159g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177PS||Six-speed manual||122g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177PS||Eight-speed multitronic||127g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177PS quattro||Six-speed manual||TBC|
|2.0 TDI 177PS quattro||Seven-speed S tronic||TBC|
|3.0 TDI 204PS||Eight-speed multitronic||129g/km|
|3.0 TDI 245PS quattro||Six-speed manual||TBC|
|3.0 TDI 245PS quattro||Seven-speed S tronic||149g/km|
|S5 Sportback3.0 TFSI 333PS||Seven-speed S tronic||190g/km|
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 CO 2 output 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 CO2output 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 CO2output 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.