Audi A5 Coupe Review (2012)
Audi A5 Coupe Review (2012)

Audi’s car range has been growing faster than any other marque, with a constant tsunami of new models being added to the line-up. This one, the A5 Coupe, is one of Audi’s halo cars, a desirable high-performance model with pumped-up styling and plenty of muscle under the bonnet.

Recent updating to the A5 Coupé has refreshed it in line with changes applied to the entire A5 range. There are a few minor alterations to the exterior styling: new bumpers, headlamps and rear lights, with LED running lights added along the lower edges of the headlights. More changes have been made inside: a new steering wheel, revised steering column stalks and restyled instruments. This detailed updating has given the car a subtle progression from its predecessor.

Prices for the A5 Coupe start from £26,490 for a 1.8 TFSI petrol model. At the top of the range, important change has taken place under the bonnet. The svelte Audi has a new V6 three-litre engine. Power is increased to 242 bhp and 368 lb ft of peak torque. The car we test here is the range-topping 3.0 TDI Quattro S Line S tronic. The transmission is a seven-speed twin-clutch auto.

This up-scale coupé has the quattro four-wheel-drive system, designed to keep the car glued to the road whilst lavish use is made of its considerable performance on a demanding route. The famous Stelvio pass through the Italian Alps? Scotland’s best driving road between Skye and Torridon? Bring it on. This is a car designed to make the best of such demanding terrain.

Here is a car that will reach 60 mph in well under six seconds, with a top speed potential of 155 mph. Such a pace is purely academic on UK roads, of course, but knowing how much is still in hand at 70 mph is something for an owner to feel smug about. It looks good too, especially in this eye-magnet shade of red.

Performance

This car is stunningly quick. It is also discreet about its huge performance. Its acceleration figure of 5.8 seconds from stationary to 62 mph is in supercar territory, but its style is smooth elegance rather than look-at-me brashness. Power delivery is smoothly un-temperamental, which makes this a practical supercar that you can live with on a daily basis. The quattro system gives the A5 Coupe a grounded feel in tricky conditions, such as when driving very fast on a twisty route, or in heavy rain.

Fuel economy is very reasonable, on paper at least. Make liberal use of this car’s considerable power, and you would struggle to get close to the quoted combined economy figure of just under 50 mpg, but over 40 mpg should be easily achievable in moderate everyday driving. The CO2 figure of 149 g/km is better than might be expected for a car with this level of performance.


Published : 09/05/12 Author : Sue Baker

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