New Car: 2012 Audi A5

Audi has revealed a host of mid-life changes to its entire Audi A5 model line-up. They include refreshed styling, new engines and chassis tweaks aimed at bolstering the coupé, cabriolet and Sportback models’ visual appeal, fuel economy and dynamic ability.

All of the engines in the A5’s new range — three petrol and four diesel — feature direct injection and forced induction, as well as stop-start and an energy recuperation system as standard. CO2 emissions are down by as much as 22 per cent in some models, and fuel consumption has fallen by 11 per cent on average.

The entry-level model for all A5s is now the four-cylinder petrol 1.8 TFSI. This engine has been substantially revised and now produces 168bhp (up from 158bhp). In coupé guise, economy is improved to 49.6mpg (from 39.8mpg) and CO2 emissions fall to 134g/km (from 164g/km).

The 2.0 TFSI’s power output remains unchanged at 211bhp. A 268bhp supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 is new to the line-up.

The 175bhp 2.0 TDI is the entry-level diesel. It returns a remarkable 60.1mpg and emits 122g/km of CO2 when mated to a six-speed manual gearbox in the A5 coupé.

Three V6 engines complete the A5’s diesel line-up. A 3.0 TDI is available with either 201bhp or 242bhp, and they will be joined later in the A5’s life cycle by a low-emissions model that already meets EU6 emissions regulations.

Chassis tweaks to all A5s include revised rear suspension bearings and damper tuning for “precise handling and greater comfort”. New 17in alloy wheels come as standard, with up to 20in alloys offered as options. A revised electromechanical power steering system also features across the range.

Chief among the styling changes for all A5s is a bolder look for the front headlights, which now feature the ‘wave’ LED design introduced on recent Audis, including the A1, A6 and A8.

Other styling changes at the flatter, wider-looking front end include a new bumper with larger air intakes and a revised grille. At the rear, all A5s get a new bumper and redesigned lights with optional LEDs.

The changes inside are more subtle. They include new steering wheel designs, a new selector for automatic transmissions, a new finish for the instrument panel and centre console, a revised optional MMI infotainment system and a range of new upholstery and trim options. A five-seat option is also now available for the A5 Sportback.

Order books open in early September, ahead of the first cars reaching UK showrooms in early December.

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