Long-Term Test — 2017 Audi A5 40 TFSI

Posted on Nov 4, 2017 by

Quick Review

GoodGood Sharp styling, superb interior, very well priced
BadBadTurbo lag is noticeable
SpecsSpecs2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, seven-speed auto, all-wheel drive, 190 horsepower, 320Nm, 240km/h, 0-100km/h in 7.3sec
PricePriceAED187,600 (starting price), AED207,800 (as tested)
RatingEditors Rating

Week 1: It wasn’t the first to spring to mind in the German two-door segment, but this new model hopes to change that, and given its recipe, the new A5 most likely will. BMW 4 Series, you’ve been warned. Text and images: Amit Benjamin

2017 Audi A5 long-term

It’s been a while since we ran a long-term car here at Auto Middle East, so the comeback vehicle (literally), for the section had to be something special. A quick call to the good folk at Audi Middle East and, voila, we had a 2018 A5 40 TFSI – that’s the 190 horsepower, 2.0-litre turbo version for the rest of us who do not speak Audi — for a month.

To all intents and purposes, the A5 had sort of been ineffectual in the German coupe segment in the past, but this all-new model is a completely different beast. It significantly ramps up the aggression and desirability.

The styling is crisp and the strong character line running along the side, decidedly gives it more visual chutzpah than its predecessor and indeed the BMW 4 Series, which, in my view, looks way too generic now. Up front the new headlights are frownier, and combined the flared front intakes, the maw looks suitably pissed off. The rear taillight design is equally dramatic, and with the S Line kit as standard on our tester, overall, the A5 is a notable aesthetic poke to the retina.

The cabin is quite impeccable. The Milano Leather black upholstery and Piano Black inserts very nicely complement the Floret Silver exterior paint finish. It’s also got loads of kit as standard, but the best part is the price. With all this badge pomp and circumstance, superb build quality and a striking exterior our test car starts at AED 187,600. You can spec a Golf R or a Mercedes-Benz A-Class close to that money these days. Even with a bunch of added options on our tester including Audi Virtual Cockpit (it’s very nice), flat bottom sports steering wheel (waste of time), MMI Navigation Plus, with MMI Touch (didn’t use the latter feature at all), it weighs in at AED 207,800, which isn’t bad considering your other options are some half-baked coupes you get for that price.

2017 Audi A5 long-term

The first week with the A5, as you would have probably gathered by now has been without incident. The only things that do stand out though is the turbo lag, or to put it more aptly, turbo laaaaag, as well as the incredible fuel economy. I have been driving the A5 with the throttle generally pinned to the floor and the gearbox in Sports mode, and yet it delivers a fuel economy of under 9.0 litres per 100km. Hot hatchbacks would struggle to clock that sort of efficiency. I’m loving it so far.

The stats:

Date acquired: 30/10/
Total mileage: 10,510
Mileage this week: 640
Costs this week: None
Average fuel consumption: 8.9 litres per 100km

 

 

 

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