Two Audi TDIe engines famed for their
frugality, two body styles coveted for their curves and an attractive
new SE Technik specification join forces to highly desirable effect in
the latest A5 Coupe and A5 Sportback ranges. The beautifully
proportioned pair share the latest 2.0-litre TDIe engine delivering
163PS with CO2 output of as little as 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 attributes, and combines this
with a very attractive starting price of £27,320 OTR, making it the most
cost-effective TDI in the new generation A5 range.
Both four-cylinder diesel engines are
characterised by low internal friction for optimum operating efficiency,
variable turbine geometry for the sharpest possible response across the
rev range and a new centrifugal governor in a dual-mass flywheel
designed to further boost refinement. The new, lighter flywheel also
improves engine response at low revs and therefore permits earlier
up-shifts for more efficient driving.
The 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 impressively low CO2
output of 117g/km. The 163PS version reduces the acceleration time to
8.7 seconds, increases the top speed to 137mph and yet is still able to
achieve up to 62.8mpg with a negligible increase in CO2
output to 118g/km.
In the Coupe the 163PS engine fares
even better, pushing the TDIe to 62mph in 8.4 seconds on the way to a
top speed of 140mph, raising economy to 64.2mpg and taking CO2
to 115g/km, the lowest level in the revised range. In each case these
engines are linked exclusively to 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.
New SE Technik specification
for all four-cylinder TDIs
In both Sportback and Coupe models all
the four-cylinder TDI engines can be combined with a new, highly cost
effective SE Technik specification seen first in the A4 Saloon and Avant
ranges. At a premium of £1,000 on top of the SE model price for the
Sportback or £500 on top of the SE price for the Coupe, it adds DVD
satellite navigation, Audi Music Interface (AMI) 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.