Audi has given its mid-size coupé a thorough makeover four years after launching the original A5. Several new engines as well as styling, interior and handling tweaks, have been introduced to keep the A5 range fresh against newer rivals such as the C-Class coupé.
- A5 Coupé, Cabriolet and Sportback models all revised;
- 4.2-litre V8 dropped from the S5 in favour of the supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI unit;
- Chassis mods including lighter aluminium suspension and revised damper settings.
Like most recent offerings from the Ingolstadt firm, the styling has been homogenised with the Audi corporate face. Keen Audi spotters will notice most of the changes are at the business end, with revised grilles, squintier headlights and subtly reshaped bumpers bringing the facelifted A5 into line with current Audi design language. S Line models also gain wrap-around LED daytime running lights at the front, and LED tail lights, both of which can be specified as a cost option on lesser trim levels.
New engine line-up
With a reworked engine range that includes two new powerplants, Audi has majored on efficiency, primarily by trading capacity for forced induction, but also by introducing standard stop-start technology on all units. This sees the old 3.2-litre V6, which has done service in various VAG applications from Touareg to Golf R32, dropped in favour of a detuned version of the S5 Sportback’s 3.0-litre TFSI unit. The characterful 4.2-litre V8 which powered the S5 coupé, has also been binned in favour of the cleaner and more frugal 328bhp V6 TFSI engine.
The diesel A5 line-up loses the old 2.7-litre V6 TDI and gains a more powerful 201bhp 3.0-litre V6 TDI unit, capable of delivering 57.6 mpg and lower CO2 emissions of 129g/km. But flying the frugal flag for the A5 range will be the ubiquitous four-pot 2.0-litre TDI, which has been re-worked to give up to 60.1 mpg and a CO2 output of just 122g/km. Those figures potentially put the A5 to the top of the class for efficiency in the premium coupé sector.
Inside, the new A5 has been given some mild tweaks including various chrome embellishments, and updates to minor controls. Audi is particularly proud of the new mobile phone interface, which brings capability for Google Earth-powered navigation along with a WLAN hotspot, enabling internet access via wi-fi enabled phones, tablets and laptops. Wireless network capability will be available as an option across the range.
The revised Audi A5 range goes on sale in September, with prices up slightly over the outgoing model – expect to pay just over £25,500 for an entry-level A5 Sportback.