Mid-cycle refresh keeps the stylish coupe family at the top of its game.
It's been a little over three years now since Audi rolled out the current A5, and it'll likely be a few more before it replaces the family altogether with a new generation. But in the meantime, it's rolled out a mid-cycle facelift that ought to help it keep pace with rivals like the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class.
The updates start with revised sheetmetal, punctuated by a wider single-frame grille that's capped by Audi Sport Quattro-inspired slits. The lower front fascia incorporates larger air intakes, the side sills are slimmer, and the diffuser insert has been refreshed as well.
Every version of the A5 now features LED exterior lighting all around, augmented with Matrix LEDs and even laser-beams in higher-end models. The interior also features a new instrument panel, ambient lighting, and 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen with acoustic feedback in place of the physical rotary control, a more powerful processor, and more intuitive functions.
Ingolstadt has also taken the occasion to slot in new engines – four options to start with (in Europe at least) that incorporate 48-volt mild-hybrid systems ad come mated to either a seven-speed dual-clutch or eight-speed automatic transmission.
The most enticing may be the new S5 TDI, a performance-oriented diesel V6 boasting 347 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque to rocket to 62 in under five seconds. Unfortunately we likely won't get that option in North America, but we'll still be able to get the gasoline-powered S5 with slightly more power than the diesel (at 354 horses) but less torque (at 368 lb-ft) for a quicker 0-62 time (quoted at 4.7 seconds for the coupe and 4.9 in the Sportback). Both the A5 and S5 can also be had in Cabriolet form with a more rigid body and better-insulated fabric top.
The suspension's been retuned as well, the color palette revised (including the new District Green metallic pictured), there are new S Line and S Sport options available, and a special A5 Edition One to launch the updated model line.
The updated A5 family is set to launch in Europe this fall in all three body-styles with gasoline and diesel engines ranging in output from 163 to 354 hp. No word yet on the top-of-the-line RS5, which will ostensibly carry on until revisions are applied there as well. We'll be watching out US-market details, so watch this space for more.