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AUDI A5 DIESEL COUPE

S5 TDI 341 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic

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Audi's S5 Coupe, another very desirable sporting Audi, now gets diesel power and a smarter look. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Audi's growing reputation as a maker of truly sporting cars continues on apace. For proof, we could have chosen an R8 supercar, an S4 super saloon or a TT RS roadster. But instead, we've got this car, the very fast, very focused and, in its own way, really rather frugal S5 Coupe. It's a model we could have tried as a two-door Cabriolet or a more practical five-door Sportback but instead, we've opted to pitch this car at you in desirable Coupe form. It's a bodystyle that not only looks great but also works particularly well in a current form that now features a potent turbocharged mild hybrid 3.0-litre TDI six cylinder diesel with 347PS plumbed in beneath the bonnet. It's actually a potentially addictive package.

Driving Experience

At the wheel of a model like this, you can see why Audi has in recent times achieved so much, so quickly. It's not perfect (the steering for example, could be sharper) but overall, let us try and define for you just why this car works as well as it does - starting with the engine. Ignoring the current zeitgeist, Audi has switched this S5 Coupe into diesel power, installing a mild hybrid 3.0-litre TDI unit that produces 347PS and 700Nm of pulling power, good enough to get this car from rest to 62mph in just 4.8s, which is only a tenth slower than the previous 3.0-litre TFSI V6 petrol unit could manage. Top speed, as before, is artificially pegged at 155mph. The engine utilises a large turbo, which is partly driven by a little electric compressor, as well as exhaust gases. Audi claims that this set-up minimises the effects of turbo lag, with the system being automatically activated whenever the requested engine load exceeds the capabilities of the turbocharger. To go with this change of engine, Audi has upgraded this car in a number of other areas, adding in Progressive steering, refining the sports suspension and incorporating a revised chassis platform, which controls the car's quattro 4WD system. The transmission remains an 8-speed Tiptronic auto unit, but this set-up's impressively quick-reacting and smooth. Not so good is the lowered 'S' Sports suspension, which will be rather over-firm for some, though you can improve it by paying extra for a 'CDC' 'Continuous Damper Control' system that can be tweaked via the settings of the standard 'drive select' driving dynamics system. As well as also altering steering weight, throttle response and stability control thresholds, the 'drive select' modes can also influence the optional 'Quattro Sport differential' system, which constantly varies the amount of drive to each of the rear wheels for extra cornering traction.

Design and Build

This improved S5 Coupe shares the visual changes made most recently to lesser variants of this model. The Singleframe honeycomb grille is wider and flatter, and above it ventilation slits reference the classic Audi Sport quattro from 1984. As ever, Audi has been extremely subtle in the aesthetic changes that differentiate this S5 Coupe from any ordinary A5 Coupe model. Certainly, if it weren't for the 'S5' badgework, you'd have to be something of an Audi product expert to tell this car apart from an ordinary 'S line'-trimmed standard variant. The wheelarches house large 19-inch rims and these feature 'S5'-branded black brake callipers, one of the small differentiators that separate the profile aesthetics of the car from those of any ordinary 'S Line'-branded A5. Other unique touches include aluminium-effect door mirror housings, chrome trim on the door handles and, lower down, textured black sill trim tops. Inside, recent revisions have brought an improved 10.1-inch centre-dash screen 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. As for S5 touches, well nappa leather extends to the front S super sports seats, which combine lumbar support, pneumatic adjustment and a massage function. 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 offers 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 not far off £50,000 for this S5 in Coupe form. That's similar sort of money to that you'd have to find for rivals like the Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC and BMW's 440i M Sport, but of course they're petrol-powered. On S5 models, a sport differential can complement the quattro drivetrain for more targeted torque distribution to the rear wheels, improving stability and agility in fast corners. Naturally, the most forward-thinking technological advancements now supplement the already extensive standard equipment list, from the Audi virtual cockpit and Matrix LED lights to a head-up display and Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system. In terms of driver assistance, adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go incorporates a traffic jam assist function capable of taking over braking, acceleration and steering inputs at speeds of up to 37mph to take the strain off stop-start traffic. 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 Audiphonebox with wireless charging in the centre armrest uses near-field coupling to link smartphones wirelessly to the vehicle's antenna.

Cost of Ownership

This S5's new mild-hybrid diesel engine uses a 48-volt belt-driven alternator starter, a 0.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an energy recuperation system. Audi claims exemplary fuel economy, thanks to a revised engine control unit which shuts off the combustion engine when coasting at speeds between 34mph and 99mph. The engine management system decides in every situation whether coasting, freewheeling or recuperation (the recovery of kinetic energy), is most efficient. It does this using information from the navigation system and the onboard sensors. The energy recovered by the water-cooled belt alternator starter during coasting and braking flows into the 48-volt storage unit or directly to the electrical consumers. When the driver presses the accelerator pedal again after a coasting phase or a stop, the water-cooled belt alternator starter restarts the combustion engine. The system does this as required by the driver's wishes and the situation, from very smoothly to very quickly. Start-stop operation begins at 13mph. When stopped, the engine restarts as soon as the car in front starts to move, even if the brake is depressed. We'll finish by covering the warranty. Most cars in this class get three years of cover, but whereas rival brands BMW and Mercedes don't limit your mileage in this period, Audi rather meanly restricts you to 60,000 miles. Optional extra-cost packages can extend the cover to either four or five years.

Summary

You could drive an S5 for the whole of its motoring life without suspecting the beast that lies beneath its bodywork. Some owners will - and that's a pity for this Audi's split personality can also promise a remarkably agile driver's car. True, it isn't quite as track-focused as a BMW M3, but then, it isn't as expensive to buy and this revised model's diesel engine makes it of course vastly more affordable to run than that Munich model. As an ownership proposition, this Audi's quite simply a more complete choice that sounds great, looks brilliant and is quite beautifully engineered. Audi's S badge always delivered a special experience. Now it's a properly sporting one too.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions184.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

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
  • 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
  • Rear view camera
  • S instrument dials
  • Service interval indicator
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • Audi sound system with 10 loudspeakers
  • CD player
  • DAB digital radio reception
  • Two additional USB ports for rear passenger in rear centre console
  • Two SDXC card slots

Exterior Features

  • Aluminium effect door mirror housings
  • Audi Beam uses LEDs to project the Audi logo
  • Audi matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic front and rear indicators
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front spoiler lip
  • Body colour side sill trim
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain and light sensors
  • S radiator grille in twilight grey matt with dual struts in lauminium and S5 logo
  • S rear diffuser in twilight grey matt and honeycomb grille in black
  • S specific dual branch chrome tailpipes with twin oval pipes on left and right
  • S specific side air inlets in titan black with chrome inlays in unique S design
  • Sport front and rear bumpers with side skirts
  • Towbar preparation
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

Interior Features

  • 40/20/40 split folding 2 seater rear seat bench with rear centre armrest
  • Adjustable steering column
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Black leather gear lever knob
  • Contrast stitching on seats, steering wheel and gear lever gaiter
  • Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
  • Electrically adjustable front S super sports seats with S embossed logo
  • Fine Nappa leather upholstery
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front head restraints
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Gear lever with diamond S badge
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated door sill trim with S logo
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
  • Key with S5 logo
  • Luggage compartment mat
  • Pneumatically adjustable lumbar support with massage function
  • Rear headrests
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • Extended leather pack - A5
  • LED interior light 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 brake calipers painted in black with S5 logo
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill hold assist
  • Multi collision brake assist
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • S model enhanced braking system
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Variable restraint system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

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

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • S sports suspension

Trim

  • Matt brushed aluminium inlays

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    184

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2967
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Engine Code
    F5PS5A
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    40.4

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    341
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TDI 341 Quattro
  • Coin Series
    S5
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    45E
  • 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)
    4.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    341
  • Engine Power - KW
    251
  • Engine Power - RPM
    3800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    516
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    71.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    700
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    255/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1368
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4705
  • Wheelbase
    2765
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2029

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    58
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2270
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    410
  • Max. Loading Weight
    485
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1785
  • 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

Scott Wall

"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

Olivia Creemer

"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! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

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"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

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