2017 Audi A5 – Launch

Audi Ireland officially launched the new A5 to the Irish market today. On offer from the range were the Sportback, Coupe and Cabriolet. A Cabrio on a rainy day in Ireland? Ah sure!

Design

I was never a fan of the old A5. I felt it aged very quickly and was just a re-bodied A4, which it essentially was. Not much has changed in terms of the re-body because the A5 is still based on the A4 but the fresh look is well needed. Starting with the Sportback, the proportions are much better than the outgoing model. The rimless windows on the doors and angular lines give it a proper sporty and muscular look. Its a handsome car, do you agree?

The Coupe and Cabriolet are both similar and even better proportioned. Both feature a muscular and angular face giving the car a mature and furious look.

Engine and Transmission

The engine I drove was the 2.0TDI, in each of the cars. It was the 190hp diesel with 400Nm mated to a 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox. I am well acquainted with this ‘box at this stage and it is still as good as ever. It drove it to extent in the Audi A3 Sportback and Saloon Gear changes are quick, seamless and efficient.

The engine, with 400Nm and 190hp on tap, is quick and pulls very well. Around town, never does the power feel like it is too much.

Driving

On the road, the A5 coupe and Sportback felt well planted and steering feel was good. In Dynamic mode, the steering is weighted up a little bit and it feels that little bit more responsive. The Cabrio felt a little wallowy, especially noticeable after driving the Coupe and it back-to-back.

Pricing

The A5 Coupe range starts at €46,660, the Sportback from €48,750  and €60,730 for the Cabrio.

Conclusion

This is a quick look at the A5 range. A more in depth review will be had once I get my hands on it for longer, which I am looking forward to. So in summary; the new A5? It gets a thumbs up from me!