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AUDI A5 DIESEL COUPE

40 TDI 204 Quattro Sport 2dr S Tronic [C+S]

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Want style but don't want to totally abandon commonsense? Audi's second generation A5 Coupe in 40 TDI form with a 2.0 TDI 190PS diesel engine should fit the bill, as Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

The Audi A5 Coupe gets larger, more sophisticated, sleeker and more efficient in this improved version of the second generation design. Most purchasers choose the 2.0 TDI diesel 190PS '40 TDI' version and as usual, there's the option of quattro 4WD. Like its predecessor, this car is based on the platform of Audi's A4 saloon, a rather sophisticated platform as it happens, the MLB Evo underpinnings able to trim up to 60kgs from the kerb weight in comparison to the previous model. The suspension set-up is firmer than you get in an A4 though, which should make this A5 feel sportier and better able to face down its arch-rivals, coupe versions of BMW's 4 Series and the Mercedes C-Class.

Driving Experience

So what's it like to drive? Decently rapid is the answer. 62mph from rest takes under 8s on the way to around 130mph, with the quattro version enabling you to match that kind of performance in the wet. But does this car handle as well as its BMW 420d Coupe arch-rival? Well, not quite as well. The Audi doesn't have rear wheel drive for a start. But this A5 gets remarkably close to its Bavarian competitor and the suppler ride you get with this Audi (providing you don't burden it with huge wheels and stiff suspension) will be preferable for many. You can improve it further by specifying a 'chassis with damper control' set-up, allowing you to match the ride to the road you're on and the mood you're in. Audi also point out that this car offers the option of a quick-reacting quattro four-wheel drive system, tempting indeed given our wintry climate. Normally, this system distributes the engine's power primarily to the rear but if necessary, can redistribute torque towards the front at lightning speed. It's all technology developed to be convincing to potential 4 Series Coupe buyers, though personally, I wouldn't get too carried away with BMW comparisons. In many ways after all, the slightly more relaxed and luxury-orientated Mercedes C-Class Coupe is closer in concept to this car. It's certainly with one eye on this model that Audi has tweaked the roadgoing experience in this MK2 model A5. You can improve it by paying extra for 'dynamic steering', but it might be better to simply get to grips with the standard 'Drive Select' system which tweaks steering feel along with engine management, auto gearbox response - even the air conditioning - in line with your choice of 'comfort', 'auto', 'dynamic' or even 'efficiency' modes.

Design and Build

Think this improved second generation A5 coupe doesn't look much different to its predecessor? Look again. The exterior has actually been significantly revised, with the front end in particular, delivering considerably more visual impact. The Singleframe honeycomb grille is wider and flatter, and above it ventilation slits reference the classic Audi Sport quattro from 1984. A bold blade forms the lower edge of the bumper, which features larger air inlets. A new sill provides for a slimmer appearance when viewed from the side, while at the rear a diffuser insert with trapezoidal tailpipes makes the car appear wider. Horizontal lines also dominate the interior of these improved A5 models. The large MMI touch display, the control centre of the car's redesigned operating system, is the focal point of the instrument panel and angled slightly toward the driver. It offers a user experience similar to a contemporary smartphone via a 10.1-inch touch display with acoustic feedback which replaces the rotary pushbutton used in previous models. Like all the latest Audis, this one gets the brand's 'Virtual cockpit' instrument binnacle, a 12.3-inch TFT display that replaces the conventional dials. Out back, the boot's well sized, offering a volume of 465-litres, more than you get in BMW and Mercedes rivals. The rear seat has a 40:20:40 split and can be easily folded forward using levers in the luggage compartment. Audi also offers an optional gesture control system for opening the luggage compartment lid via a foot motion.

Market and Model

You'll need a budget of around £39,000 for this A5 Coupe in 190PS 40 TDI guise. There are four trim levels, 'Sport', 'S line', 'Black edition' and 'Vorsprung'. The 7-speed S tronic auto gearbox comes included. And your Audi Centre will offer you the further option of finding another £1,500 for quattro 4WD. For this kind of money, you'll want to find your car to be decently equipped and it will be. Among the features included are xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights, LED interior lights, the Audi 'MMI radio plus' with a 7-inch MMI colour display, Bluetooth, a USB charging function, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and Audi 'pre sense city' autonomous braking. Audi is particularly proud of its media connectivity, specifically the 'connect' system that can link to the Internet via the ultrafast LTE network.With the standard Audi smartphone interface, Apple Car Play and Android Auto bring the familiar smartphone environment to the car, if desired. The optional Audiaphoneabox with wireless charging in the centre armrest uses near-field coupling to link smartphones wirelessly to the vehicle's antenna. Safety provision runs to all the expected airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints and isofix child seat fastenings, as well as electronic driver aids for braking, traction and stability control. Once nice feature that's standard across the range is a 'break recommendation' system that monitors your driving reactions and will prompt you to stop for a restorative coffee if necessary.

Cost of Ownership

The 60kg weight saving achieved with this MK2 model plays a big part in the claimed 22% efficiency savings achieved this time round, despite the increases in power delivered beneath the bonnet. In fact, the body is the lightest in the competitive field thanks to an intelligent mix of materials and lightweight design. It also helps that with a drag coefficient of 0.25, the A5 Coupe is the segment leader with respect to aerodynamics. As a result, this 40 TDI diesel variant with s tronic auto transmission is able to deliver 62.8mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 118g/km of CO2 (NEDC). Of course, the driver will have to do his or her part. Helping here is the clever 'Predictive efficiency assist' system that could potentially improve your fuel economy by as much as 10%. It works with the Navigation package and analyses any given route, once set, to decide how the journey could be undertaken more efficiently, taking into account things like the speed limits, traffic signs, bends and roundabouts you'll be encountering along the way. The set-up then offers driving tips that'll help you achieve that: perhaps, for example, a junction is out of your sight around the next bend and you could take your foot off the accelerator a little earlier. Get onto the motorway and with the optional Adaptive Cruise Control system activated, 'Predictive efficiency assist' will automatically make all the frugal driving adjustments for you. If it knows you're going to be travelling for a few junctions, it'll even disengage the engine at cruising speeds for greater efficiency, then re-engage it immediately and almost seamlessly when you either accelerate or brake.

Summary

It's tough to imagine a coupe that's an easier sell to a sceptical partner. The build quality, the residual values, the economy, the refinement and the restrained styling all combine to make this 190PS Audi A5 Coupe 40 TDI a two-door for customers who wouldn't normally get away with such a thing. Read between the lines and you may come away with the impression that this also puts it at the wrong end of the excitement versus dullness continuum but this car has so much overtaking muscle that you shouldn't get bored. Objectively there is very little to criticise. This revised MK2 model A5 is marketed cleverly, beautifully finished, well-equipped and will also work out comparatively affordable to run once the purchase price has been swallowed. Overall, an A5 40 TDI hides its juvenile side very well. Are you quite as accomplished?

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions136.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed150mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select (Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Efficiency and Individual)
  • Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
  • Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi virtual cockpit - 12.3" full colour digital instrument cluster,vehicle/engine speed,3D navi map,Radio/media information+Driver assistance systems
  • Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Cruise control system with speed limiter with free wheeling capability
  • Electric boot lid release
  • Electro-mechanical power steering
  • Email, calendar and text messages displayed via MMI
  • MMI nav+ with MMI touch - 10.1" high resolution MMI display, touch sensitive, 3D map, route/country info, dynamic route guide, personal route assist
  • Service interval indicator
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • CD player
  • DAB digital radio reception
  • Two additional USB ports for rear passenger in rear centre console
  • Two SDXC card slots

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour side sill trim
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Front fog lights
  • LED headlights and rear lights with LED daytime running lights
  • Matt aluminium silver tailpipe trim
  • Radiator grille and air inlets in titanium black with matt aluminium silver inserts
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Rear diffuser in matt titanium black with trim strip in matt aluminium silver
  • Sport front and rear bumpers with side skirts
  • Towbar preparation
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke high multi-function leather sport steering wheel with paddle shift and height and reach adjustable
  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • 40/20/40 split folding 2 seater rear seat bench with rear centre armrest
  • Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
  • Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front head restraints
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
  • Luggage compartment mat
  • Manual seat adjustment
  • Rear headrests
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • Tool kit
  • Twin leather upholstery + front sports seats

Packs

  • Comfort and sound pack - A5/RS5

Safety

  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill hold assist
  • Multi collision brake assist
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • Pre sense city
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Variable restraint system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm system
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Comfort dynamic suspension
  • Diesel particulate filter

Trim

  • Aluminium ellipse silver inlays

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    136
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    135

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1968
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Engine Code
    F5PBUY
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    5.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    54.3

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    204
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TDI 204 Quattro
  • Coin Series
    Sport [C+S]
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    36E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Power - RPM
    3800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    150

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    245/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1371
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4697
  • Wheelbase
    2764
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2029

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    58
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2085
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    450
  • Max. Loading Weight
    505
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1580
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.5
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

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"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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