Very few people believe the 2013 Audi A5 needed improvement. Luckily, most of them work for Audi.
Audi has always been known for performance and the 2014 models don’t disappoint. Engines available on the new A5 include a new 2.0 litre power plant with turbo fuel stratified injection (TSFI) and 227 horsepower. With TSFI, the fuel/air mixture is injected directly into the combustion chambers for more precise regulation. The S5 gets a 3.0 litre V6 with TSFI and produces 340 horsepower. The RS5 coupe and cabriolet adds two turbochargers to the engine, increasing the output to 475 horsepower. All models use the eight speed twin-clutch transmission.
Trim levels in the 5 series begin with the Premium level and include standard and optional features. These include 18 inch wheels, automatic head lights, a sunroof, automatic wipers and seats with four way lumbar support. If you buy the Premium convertible, it comes with a multi-layer top, a neck-level heater and a wind deflector. Packages in the Premium Plus trim level are available on the Premium level as stand-alone options. The Premium Plus level contains everything on the Premium level plus heated front seats, heated and auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors front and rear and a rear-view camera. The Prestige trim level includes all of the above plus keyless ignition and entry, adaptive headlights and a system that monitors blind spots around the car. Other packages include sport-tuned suspension, shift paddles and bigger wheels and tires. The Premium Plus and Prestige levels add an interesting bit of technology with Audi Connect that creates a WiFi hotspot for the passengers and adds web functionality to the already useful navigation system.
Audi does a good job with the safety features on the 5 series and includes anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, airbags for the side of the car and to protect the knees of the driver and passengers. The adaptive cruise control comes with an audible warning and automatic brake preparation should the system detect an impending crash from the front.
Pricing for the 5 series begins at £26,425 for the A5 Sportback through £31,965 for the A5 Cabriolet and ends with £59,350 for the RS5 Coupe. It is likely to be compared with the BMW 3 series which ranges from £23,180 for the 3 series Saloon to £40,565 for the Hybrid. If you were to compare the A5 with firm family favourites such as the Ford Mondeo at Bristol Street, there may be a big price difference but I think we all know which one we would rather drive the family around in.
Prices for the A5 could change and it is always important to shop around, in order to get the best price possible. This car is sure to be a hit and Audi says the A5 will be released in late 2014.