Efficiency changes to the Audi A5

The Audi A5 has TDIe versions with two frugal engines, two body styles and an SE Technik specification.

They latest 2.0-litre TDIe engine delivers 163PS with carbon dioxide output of 115g/km and the potential for up to 64.2mpg.

The Sportback also offers a 136PS version of this unit with a very similar blend of performance statistics.

Both four-cylinder diesel engines are characterized by low internal friction for optimum operating efficiency, variable turbine geometry and a new centrifugal governor in a dual-mass flywheel.

The new, lighter flywheel improves engine response at low revs and therefore permits earlier up-shifts.

The Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDIe 136PS can accelerate from rest to 62mph in 9.5 seconds, reach a top speed of 132mph where conditions allow and return up to 64.2mpg according to the official combined cycle test, equating to carbon dioxide output of 117g/km. The 163PS version reduces the acceleration time to 8.7 seconds, increases the top speed to 137mph and achieves up to 62.8mpg with an increase in carbon dioxide output to 118g/km.

In the Coupe the 163PS engine pushes the TDIe to 62mph in 8.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 140mph, raising economy to 64.2mpg and taking carbon dioxide output to 115g/km.

In each case these engines are linked exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission.
In addition to the new ‘e’ units the TDI range in the A5 Sportback continues to include 143PS and 177PS versions of the 2.0-litre engine, and the 3.0-litre V6 TDI in 204PS and 245PS forms, the latter linked to quattro all-wheel-drive without exception. The A5 Coupe is available with the 177PS 2.0-litre TDI and the two V6 TDIs.

In both Sportback and Coupe models all the four-cylinder TDI engines can be combined with a SE Technik specification seen first in the A4 Saloon and Avant ranges.

It adds DVD satellite navigation, Audi Music Interface iPod connection, the Audi Parking Plus system with front and rear sensors and cruise control to the familiar SE equipment list.

In both models SE specification already includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Milano leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation and a colour Driver’s Information System (DIS). Both TDIe engines are also available allied to Standard, SE and S line trim in the A5 Sportback, and Standard and SE in the Coupe.