Standout looks – but is this coupe’s address added than bark deep?
The A5 is Audi’s auto agnate to the A4 upper-medium car, so it’s no abruptness that a year afterwards the A4 was facelifted, a new-look A5 has accustomed on the scene. The banderole changes are abundant the aforementioned – new balmy amalgam engines, revised administration and revamped infotainment. The A5 is accessible as a two-door auto or a cabriolet, but actuality we’re aggravating the best applied version, the five-door Sportback that aims to action a bit added account forth with the style.
Mild hybrids are all the acerbity at the moment, but in the case of the A5 the arrangement is decidedly mild, actuality alone a 12V hybrid. This agency that, clashing with the 48V systems apparent in added cars and with the S5 achievement variant, the arrangement doesn’t anon advice the agent (a 190hp petrol in our analysis car) to ability the wheels. What it does do is acquiesce the agent to abandoned for abrupt periods aback benumbed at speed, and additionally acquiesce the stop-start arrangement to bang in earlier, switching off the agent from about 13mph. Both of these save fuel, and action no aggravation to the disciplinarian – in fact, afterwards befitting an eye on the rev adverse they ability not alike apprehension it’s happening, bottomward to how able-bodied the arrangement has been chip and additionally the petrol engine’s able refinement.
Otherwise, the A5’s active acquaintance is a bit surprising. From the looks you ability apprehend a whooshy, able yet composed sports saloon, but in actuality on country anchorage it feels added like you’re active a big hot hatchback. With the S Line accessories brand activated actuality you get action abeyance that drops the ride acme by 23mm – a cogent amount, advised to accomplish it tauter and advance handling. It’s acknowledged up to a point – the car feels active and collapsed in corners and there’s affluence of grip. But it’s no sensation, with its front-wheel drive blueprint a activating affliction adjoin rear-wheel drive rivals, and there’s a amount to pay in the anatomy of an ever close ride, abnormally about boondocks – not helped by the S Line-standard 19in wheels. Fortunately, this affair doesn’t affect what should be the A5’s aliment and butter, motorway cruising, area it rides abundant bigger and the action seats accommodate able comfort. With the seven-speed automated gearbox and able adaptive cruise ascendancy abatement things further, spending hour afterwards hour on the go is no hardship.
There’s no catechism the A5 offers a lot to drivers who appetite to angle out in the appointment car park. This is abnormally accurate of S Line spec, area those big wheels, forth with a bodykit amalgamation including added advancing bumpers and ancillary skirts, augment facelift changes that accommodate a added grille, beyond air inlets and a rear diffuser insert.
Overall it’s a amalgamation with some presence, and it acutely turns heads.
Inside, the revised A5 array able-bodied with technology. The awful absorbing 12.3in agenda cockpit display, complete with Google Earth sat-nav imagery, is accepted throughout the range, as is a 10.1in axial touchscreen, Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, and wireless buzz charging. Although the A5 follows added Audi’s in accident the antecedent rotary control, authoritative the infotainment awning blow only, at atomic concrete blast controls are retained, authoritative them easier to accomplish on the move. The interior’s OK for amplitude too – admitting the lower auto roof cartage should be accomplished in the back, and a 465-litre cossack is hardly pokey.
The facelifted A5 comes at the arch of a beachcomber of change in its segment. Its arch rival, the BMW 4 Series, is about to be replaced, while the Kia Stinger and Volkswagen Arteon are additionally anon to be facelifted (the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Auto and Lexus RC are two-door only). That said, the approaching updates may be to the Audi’s advantage, back at the moment it looks a bit big-ticket to buy and run adjoin the previous-generation competition.
Audi A5 Sportback 40 TFSI 190PS S Line S Tronic
Residual value: 35.6%
Service, aliment & repair: £3,278
Fuel consumption: 39.8mpg
CO2 (BIK Band): 162g/km (37%)
BIK 20/40% per month: £254/£509
Boot space: 465 litres
Engine size/power: 1,984cc/190hp