An Introduction to the Audi A5

The  A5 was launched in 2007 as a four-seat coupe with 455-litre luggage capacity and a new chassis configuration incorporating the longest wheelbase ever to underpin a B-segment Audi.

It has an overall length of 4,625mm, and a range of four, six and eight cylinder longitudinally mounted petrol and diesel engines. The A5 is a large car, but certainly no motorhome. Some used Audi A5 models were thought to be a little bulky for a coupe, but the new version is more compact.

Underpinning the A5 is a suspension arrangement that has a new five-link front set up and positions the front axle further forward. This permits shorter overhangs and better axle load distribution

At the rear of the A5 is a re-engineered trapezoidal link suspension and in quattro versions there’s a rear-biased system with 40/60 front-to-rear torque split.

The rack-and-pinion power assisted steering is positioned ahead of the front axle closer to the wheel centre line.

The A5 coupé has a range of Audi FSI direct injection petrol and common rail direct injection TDI engines.

The 3.0-litre TDI engine delivers 240PS in the A5 and torque is 500Nm from 1,500rpm to 3,000rpm.

The 0-62mph time is 5.9 seconds with the A5 3.0 TDI Quattro recording an average fuel consumption figure of 39.2mpg. It is also equipped with a diesel particulate filter as standard.

The 4.2-litre V8 FSI petrol unit reserved for the S5 quattro delivers 354PS and 440Nm of torque at 3,500rpm and a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds.

There are two further petrol units – the latest generation 3.2-litre V6 FSI petrol unit with output increased to 265PS compared to the previous power unit and fuel economy boosted by Audi valvelift technology. There’s also the 1.8-litre TFSI four-cylinder with 170PS and 2.7-litre V6 TDI with power boosted to 190PS, which shares its common rail Piezo injection technology with its 3.0-litre relative.

A six-speed, close ratio manual gearbox is fitted as standard to all A5 models, and also to the S5 quattro, and for front-wheel-drive versions there is the option of a new version of the acclaimed Audi multitronic continuously variable automatic transmission.

Now featuring eight fixed ratios in its manual mode, this transmission boosts fuel economy compared with a manual equivalent in some cases, without impacting significantly on performance. A six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission is available on quattro versions.

In the cabin, A5 and S5 models combine space for four with up to 455 litres of luggage capacity in the metre-wide load bay, which is further expandable by releasing the split/folding rear seat back rest.

The Audi A5 also has an ‘intelligent key’ which dispenses with the conventional grooved ‘blade’ and instead communicates electronically with the car’s electrical system as soon as it enters the cockpit. The device can also store important information, such as current mileage and warning messages from the A5’s Driver Information System, which can be read by Audi Centre technicians to expedite the servicing process.

Optional features also include a Bang & Olufsen audio system delivering 505 watts of music power via 14-speakers, the Audi Parking System Advanced with rear-mounted camera and Adaptive Light swivelling headlights for improved corner illumination. The DVD satellite navigation option is also offered in conjunction with a intuitive version of the Multi Media Interface controlling the car’s infotainment systems.