2015 Audi A5 | new car review

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 by
2015 Audi A5
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 90%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 85%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, Mercedes proudly showcased its famous “Kompressor” badging to its supercharged models. It was simply a more sophisticated way of saying performance. Now Audi has decided to give it a go with its new “TFSI” engines, which has rendered more confusion than excitement. The A5 comes with a full line up of TFSI, A.K.A Turbo-charged, engines for 2015.

Pros

* Wide selection of variants makes selecting the one suited to your needs a lot easier.

Cons

* Rear headroom is compromised to a certain extent due to the sloping roofline.

Looks

The front grille is composed of a series of parallel horizontal lines that move down to the lower bumper ending at the lower front spoiler. The blend of futuristic and elegant designs is appealing with circuit shaped LED lights that tread along the border of the headlamps.  The 2015 sedan is a Sportback that has a slanting roof scoring it more styling points and making it more like. The actual Coupe and Cabrio are identical to the Sedan except with 2 less doors.

2015 Audi RS5 front

Feels

An attack on the senses – anyone who has ever owned an Audi can relate to the undying aroma of quality leather upon entering the cabin. The A5 does not compromise with exceptional build quality and a beautiful fusion of nature with hard, unpolished, aged looking woods that surround the cabin, and a leather steering so smooth it makes your hand slide around it seamlessly. Their expert craftsmanship is found in every corner from the hard buttons, to the leather wrapped gear lever, the interior makes you feel cozy. The rear occupants might have a bit of trouble with head room if they are over 6 ft since the slanted roof shaves off a few centimetres. Rear visibility is obstructed by the C-pillars and has minimal visibility due to the sloping window.

2015 Audi A5 interior

Engineering

A radical shift from convention, Audi TFSI combines direct injection with forced induction turbocharging. This unleashes higher power output with greater fuel efficiency and produces outstanding responsiveness—making the engine more of an extension of the driver. Mated to a dual clutch S-Tronic 7 Speed gear box, shifts will take place within a hundredth of a second.

2015 Audi RS5 rear

What’s on offer?

Four engines are available in the Audi A5 family; ranging from a 1.8 litre turbocharged unit, right up to the mighty 4.2 litre V8 found under the hood of the RS 5. Welcoming a CVT transmission, the 2015 Audi A5 35 TFSI emits 170 horsepower and an impressive 320 Nm of torque from its 1.8 litre engine. The naturally aspirated V8 on the other hand, churns out 450 horsepower, 430 Nm of torque, and gets mated to a 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

2015 Audi A5 side

Verdict

Sportbacks. Some manufacturers understand it, some don’t. Audi seems to have grasped the concept better than most with its aerodynamic A5. A car with looks that has not compromised on practicality with fully folding rear seats. It is a good example of all that Audi is, in one car.

2015 Audi A5 rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Audi A5 35 TFSI2015 Audi A5 45 TFSI2015 Audi A5 50 TFSI2015 Audi RS5
Engine/ Cylinders1.8 litre Turbocharged / 4 cyl2.0 litre Turbocharged / 4 cyl3.0 litre Turbocharged / V64.2 litre / V8
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
170 hp @ 6,200 RPM211 hp @ 6,000 RPM272 hp @ 6,500 RPM450 hp @ 8,250 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
320 Nm @ 3,700 RPM350 Nm @ 4,200 RPM400 Nm @ 4,780 RPM430 Nm @ 6,000 RPM
TranmissionCVT7 speed dual clutch automatic7 speed dual clutch automatic7 speed dual clutch automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h8.4 secs6.6 secs6.0 secs4.5 secs
Top speed220 km/h241 km/h250km/h250 km/h
PriceAED 165,400 - 195,000AED 184,000 - 214,000AED 209,000 - 240,000AED 315,000 - 384,000

2 Responses to 2015 Audi A5 | new car review

  1. Chris Reply

    December 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Al nabudah were very good during purchase.
    This is my 4th Audi and they just keep getting better.
    Superb German engineering.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      December 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for the feedback, and congrats on your new ride!

      Regards,

      Zaran

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