The Audi A5 Coupe, A5 Sportback as well as the S5 Coupe and S5 Sportback have received some mild updates. Here's what you need to know.
The changes range from some visual tweaks giving the cars a newer look, to an update to the MMI infotainment system. There's also the introduction of mild hybrid technology which is claimed to reduce consumption. When it comes to the performance versions, the S5 now features a TDI motor with an electrically-powered compressor and 48-volt main electrical system.
Visually, all A5 models now roll off the line with LED headlights as standard fittings, but you can optionally fit the Matrix LED lights. Audi Europe is offering the A5 range in 2 optional lines of trim: advanced and S line.
Inside, the updated MMI system which we first experienced in the A1, Q3 and Q8 makes its way into the A5. It's a crisp and intuitive setup, and brings the A5 up to date with the rest of the Audi portfolio.
In terms of powertrain, the updated A5 models are available in Europe with the lowest output being 120 kW. There are no manual transmissions, with a 7-speed S tronic or an 8-speed tiptronic doing duty. Many of the A5 engines will feature mild hybrid system (MHEV) technology. Audi claims it works with a belt alternator starter, which is connected to the crankshaft to recover energy during deceleration and stores this in a compact lithium-ion battery. With the 4-cylinder engines, the MHEV system is integrated into the 12-volt electrical system and into a new 48-volt main electrical system in the S TDI models. In the S5, Audi claims fuel consumption is reduced by up to 0.4 liters per 100 kilometers.
Petrolheads will be most interested in the S5 TDI. With 255 kW and 700 Nm headed to all 4 wheels, the S5 has impressive power claims. The 0-100 kph sprint is completed in under 5 seconds and it'll run to a top speed of 250 kph. In other markets, the S5 and S5 Sportback will be offered with a turbocharged petrol engine with 260 kW and 500 Nm, enabling it to hit 100 kph in 4.7 seconds.