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Published Date: 05/10/2017

Recently introduced in second generation guise, the all-new Audi A5 looks more elegant, sophisticated and desirable than ever, and features plenty of cutting edge technology both under the bonnet and inside the cabin. Performance car fans are also in for something special in the form of the new RS 5. We explore the latest evolution of this modern design classic from Audi.

Graceful beauty honed to perfection

The original Audi A5 Coupé’s characteristic wave-shaped shoulder line with accentuating bulges over the wheel arches is retained in the all-new model, which has artfully transformed the overall styling to be thoroughly modern and chiselled. The A5’s trademark single-frame grille now sits lower and is wider and flatter, flanked by breath-taking LEDs and aggressive air intakes, with the long bonnet’s accentuated lines flowing off towards the sporty rear. The all-new A5 Cabriolet is a superb choice for open-air motoring with the wind in one’s hair, and the Audi A5 lineup wouldn’t be complete without the practical Sportback model with rear doors and a larger boot, great for families and other drivers who regularly carry passengers.

Any Audi wearing an ‘RS’ badge immediately grabs attention as a model to be reckoned with. The all-new RS 5 Coupé is visually distinguished by enlarged air intakes, widened wheel arches, an exclusive honeycomb grille, gaping oval exhaust pipes and various other optional enhancements; from a full carbon roof to a quattro diffuser insert. Other tell-tale signs that give the RS 5’s potency away include ceramic brakes with coloured callipers, individual mirror cappings and unique sill strips.

Conclusion: Each variant of the all-new Audi A5 looks simply gorgeous, with a body style to suit wide-ranging requirements, but for the ultimate in sporting allure, it’s got to be the new RS 5.

Works of art

Audi interiors are renowned for being masterpieces in precision, comfort and technology. The all-new A5 is more spacious inside than ever before, thanks to increased dimensions, a longer wheelbase and a redesigned dashboard, enhancing the sense of volume. High quality materials are used throughout the A5 range - from Coupé to Sportback or Cabriolet – and always conveys a premium aura, underpinned by class-leading acoustics that almost match that of cars from the luxury segment.

Boot space in the Coupé has grown to 465 litres and a raft of driver assistance systems are fitted optionally or as standard, from traffic jam assist and pre-sense to predictive efficiency assistance. The A5’s standard equipment list is more generous than ever including xenon headlights with LED DRLs, Audi’s MMI radio plus system with a 7-inch screen, Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and Audi’s drive select handling system.

The all-new RS 5’s interior is set apart by fine nappa leather RS-trimmed sports seats, with Audi’s virtual cockpit integrated as standard along with side assist blind spot monitoring, while the RS model’s options list includes a head-up display enabling the driver to stay even more focussed on the road during truly exhilarating driving.

Conclusion: Whichever all-new Audi A5 body style is chosen; luxury, comfort, tranquillity and the latest infotainment systems await.

Highly advanced engines

There’s an engine in the A5 Coupé range for all private and business drivers, the most fuel efficient being the revered and truly astonishing 2.0 TDI ultra unit that produces 190bhp but emits just 108g/km CO2 and can return up to 68.9mpg at the pump. A non-ultra variant of Audi’s iconic 2.0 TDI engine is also available, along with a quattro version that still attracts low CO2 emissions of only 114g/km. Petrol engines are becoming more popular and the all-new A5 again delivers in 2.0 TFSI guise, producing the same 190bhp as its diesel counterpart while averaging 50.4mpg. A5 Coupés fitted with the 2.0 TFSI powerplant and Audi’s reassuring quattro four-wheel drive system produce 252bhp for added performance, while the potent 3.0 TDI quattro provides an exceptional blend of pace and frugality, with 218bhp equating to 119g/km CO2.

Unsurprisingly, the all-new Audi RS 5, which is now powered by a V6 engine, takes performance credentials to another level. The 2.9-litre TFSI quattro powertrain develops a hefty 450bhp and can reach 62mph in a stunning 3.9 seconds. For track use its 155mph standard top speed can be increased to 174mph and despite these phenomenal statistics the new RS 5 can return upto 32.5mpg combined.

Conclusion: The ultra and RS 5 are both amazing for different reasons; but most drivers will be delighted with the 2.0 TDI quattro, combining strong performance and fuel efficiency with all-weather confidence.

In numbers…

 

A5

RS 5

 

Min

Max

 

Power (HP)

150

252

450

Fuel (comb MPG)

42.8

68.9

32.5

Emissions (CO2, g/km)

108

144

197

Top Speed (mph)

130

155

174

0 – 60mph in…. (seconds)

5.8

9.0

3.9

Price

£31,535

£51,835

£62,900+

From drivers seeking Coupé thrills or family practicality, to open-top motoring and sheer sporting thrills, the all-new Audi A5 lineup spanning Coupé, Sportback, Cabriolet and RS models caters for all in abundance, with superb interiors and a fantastic range of engines to choose from.

 

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