Coupé, cabriolet and Sportback saloon versions all receive updated interior technology
Tom Morgan, deputy digital editor
6 September 2019

Audi has given its A5 range a series of upgrades for 2019, bringing them in line with the rest of its line-up and adding a choice of mild hybrid powertrains for the first time.

The A5 Coupé, A5 Cabriolet and A5 Sportback will go on sale later this year alongside their more potent S5 versions, which are now exclusively diesel-powered in Europe.

At launch, four of the A5's four-cylinder petrol and diesel powertrain options will include 12-volt mild hybrid systems, with a belt-driven alternator and starter able to recuperate energy from the crankshaft and store it in a small lithium-ion battery. Audi claims this works with the stop-start system to improve efficiency and reduce CO2 over the outgoing cars.

Visual updates largely mirror those seen on the recently refreshed A4, with new-look front and rear bumpers, larger air intakes and a wider front grille with designs determined by trim level. S-Line models get honeycomb styling to match the S5, while cars lower in the line-up see horizontal slats. Three notches underneath the bonnet also match those seen in the A1 supermini.

All cars receive LED headlights as standard, with Matrix LEDs an option.

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Bigger changes have been made inside, with the old A5's rotary infotainment controller phased out in favour of a 10.1in touchscreen. The upgraded interface has filtered down from the A7 and A8, while Audi's 12.3in Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster recieves updated navigation software. All cars now come with a Wi-Fi hotspot as standard, which can be used for over-the-air software updates.

UK-specific models and prices have yet to be confirmed, but a small increase over the outgoing model is likely to resuly in an entry-level A5 Coupé priced around £35,000. The revised range will be available to order later this year, with the first deliveries expected in early 2020.

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6 September 2019

 Let’s get it clear, I’m not a fan of Audi , take too long to explain,let’s just say from certain angles it looks awkward, hurried in its design,almost as if they ran out of time, the front three quarter is fine, but from B’ pillar back they seem to have run out of ideas?, but that’s just me, what’s your take on this Car?

6 September 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Let’s get it clear, I’m not a fan of Audi , take too long to explain,let’s just say from certain angles it looks awkward, hurried in its design,almost as if they ran out of time, the front three quarter is fine, but from B’ pillar back they seem to have run out of ideas?, but that’s just me, what’s your take on this Car?

 

"Let's get it clear"...I'll pretend I care about your lack of support...no clarity as per usual...explain "hurried in its design" B pillar back...run out of ideas"...?. Use words that explain your phrases and contextualise so clarity does exist. Can you...?

 

Once you have explained, go on to give details as to your better designs and include pics if you like?. Nah...never going to happen. A one shot poster, no back up, no clue, no point.

7 September 2019

Takeit slowly@, I always assume that fellow posters think it through a bit more and draw there own conclusions, look at the pics again and try to see where I come from, I’m not expecting them to concur, I just want to know there opinions, that’s not too much to ask, is it?

7 September 2019

Those awful false exhuast pipes why do they do that, its also very Mercedes like at the rear

7 September 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

I’m not a fan of Audi

Neither am I any  more.  I used to regard Audi as the epitome of good, tasteful design in the days of the last 100 and 80 and the first A4s, 6s and 8s.  The 2006 A4 cabriolet was IMO one of the most elegant cars ever designed, despite the beginnings of that large in-yer-face grille which has got ever larger since, accompanied by fussy suage lines and the rest.  The first A5 had a wavy line down the side which always looked like it was put there by a designer with a shaky hand! At least this A5 looks a bit better than that, but that grille still offends. And the least said about Audi's SUVs the better!

6 September 2019

.... at least in dull grey you won’t mistake it for anything but an AUDI...

6 September 2019

I don't know how a 12volt system can even be termed "mild hybrid" given the likely low energy involved. Micro hybrid might be a better term for what is probably little more than a powered alternator. I notice that there are no claims made for the battery capacity, motor power or CO2 reduction, so i suspect that the benefits are small. 

cdp

6 September 2019

If it can allow an instant pull away from traffic lights while giving the engine time to start this could be a real benefit. 

jer

6 September 2019

Was thinking exactly the same, next to zero impact..Probably not worth the cost of replacement batteries after 4 years that will run to hundreds.

6 September 2019
jer wrote:

Was thinking exactly the same, next to zero impact..Probably not worth the cost of replacement batteries after 4 years that will run to hundreds.

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