A major new addition to the A5 product line is functions on demand. Customers can now use the myAudi app to add three functions online at any time after purchasing their car: Audi navigation MMI plus, DAB+ digital radio and the Audi smartphone interface. They can choose between three terms: one month, one year, or unlimited. The Audi phone box and the Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 3D sound round out the range in the Audi A5.
Audi offers numerous driver assist systems for the updated A5 models, several of them as standard equipment. In Germany, the optional systems have been bundled into the “Drive” and “Park” packages.
Powerful, sophisticated, efficient: the drive system
The updated Audi A5 models are available in Europe with an output range from 120 kW (163 hp). This includes the S models with their powerful V6 engines. The engines satisfy the limits of the Euro 6d-temp emissions standard.
At market introduction, four A5 engine variants will be equipped with a mild hybrid system (MHEV). A belt alternator starter, which is connected to the crankshaft, recovers energy during deceleration and stores this in a compact lithium-ion battery. With the four-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. With the S5 TDI, for example, Audi measurements show that this electrification can reduce fuel consumption in everyday operation by up to 0.4 liters per 100 kilometers by means of recuperation or shutting down the engine when the driver lifts off of the accelerator. The start-stop range begins at an unusually high speed; restarts are fast and smooth.
All A5 models are equipped with an automatic transmission, either a seven-speed S tronic or an eight-speed tiptronic. quattro drive is available as an option for the mid-range engine variants and comes standard with the three most powerful ones.
Cultivated sportiness: the suspension
The suspension harmonizes perfectly with the cultivated sportiness that all A5 models convey. The standard tuning is sporty, yet comfortable. A tauter sport suspension and a suspension with controlled damping are available as options. The latter is integrated into the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, which comes as standard in all models with at least 140 kW. The steering, automatic transmission and engine management are likewise integrated into Audi drive select. Drivers can choose between five Audi drive select profiles to determine how these components work together. Mounted behind the large wheels – up to 20 inches in diameter – are powerful brakes.
Hefty torque: the Audi S5 TDI
700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque and output of 255 kW (347 hp) – the updated Audi S5 Sportback and the S5 Coupé have a V6 diesel engine under the hood in European markets. The 3.0 TDI offers brawny pulling power, cultivated smoothness and long range, thanks in part to its MHEV system and the electric powered compressor, which supports the turbocharger. Both S TDI models accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in under 5 seconds. The electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph) is just a formality.