Audi’s A5 Coupé has always been a great-looking car, both
inside and out. Now Audi has freshened up the design, added mild hybrid
technology to the engines for extra fuel efficiency and brought in the latest
MMI infotainment system.
The A5 Coupé’s sleek, curvaceous lines have been sharpened up there and there. There’s a new, wider and flatter single frame grille in line with Audi’s latest design theme, the front bumper has a new bottom lip with aggressive air intakes either side and the front end is completed by new LED headlights (matrix LEDs are optional). The side panel surfacing has been mildly reworked and at the rear you’ll find new taillight and rear diffuser designs.
There are four four-cylinder powertrains available for the A5 Coupé (the sportier RS5 has its own 2.9-litre V6 diesel). In line with Audi’s new naming strategy there’s the 35 TFSI petrol, which develops 150PS; the 40 TFSI petrol, delivering 190PS; and the top of the range 45 TFSI petrol which is only available with quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed Tiptronic transmission. The sole available diesel is the 40 TDI, which has a maximum power of 190PS and can be chosen with or without quattro. All feature mild hybrid technology. A belt alternator starter, which is connected to the crankshaft, recovers energy during deceleration and stores this in a compact lithium-ion battery. This means the start-stop system can operate in a larger window of speed, and mild hybrid can also allow the A5 to ‘coast’ briefly with the engine off.
In line with other Audi models like the A4, the new A5 Coupe drops the MMI rotary controller of its predecessor in favour of the all-new MMI touch system. A 10.5-inch infotainment screen provides intuitive access to navigation and infotainment, while the top-of-the-range Vorsprung edition includes the full gamut of Audi Virtual Cockpit, MMI Navigation Plus and Audi Matrix Plus headlights.
Audi offers the A5 with pre sense city and multi-collision brake assist as standard, while other assistance systems are optionally available in packages called Tour, Side Assist and Park. A 10-year emergency call service provided with the vehicle via an embedded SIM card.
Verdict: style, quality and intelligence are Audi’s hallmarks, and all are in evidence in the latest update to the A5 range. The new A5 Coupé has an infotainment system that’s comparable to the latest smartphones, a choice of four powerful, efficient engines and a more assertive exterior design. And it looks even better in the metal.
The A5 Coupé is available in different versions, known as trim levels. These allow you to choose a version that reflects your preferred styling, driving experience and equipment level. Standard equipment and the choice of options both vary by trim.