While BMW may be leading the way in offering more power and performance from its engines, while still lowering CO2 emissions and improving fuel economy, Audi is not very far behind. Recent revisions to the A5 have ensured it remains very competitive.
The changes meant CO2 emissions were down by as much as 22 per cent in some models, and fuel consumption has fallen by 11 per cent on average.
The entry-level 2.0 TDI coupé returns a remarkable 60.1mpg and emits 122g/km of CO2 when mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The 168bhp 1.8 TFSI is also impressively frugal in the A5 coupé, economy being rated at 49.6mpg (up from 39.8mpg) and CO2 emissions 134g/km (down from 164g/km at the start of its life).
The 1.8 TFSI A5 Sportback is the cheapest model in the A5 range and its size and style makes it puts it directly up against the BMW 3 Series GT, 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé. The same engine is similarly cost-effective in the coupé and cabriolet. Again, there are no real rivals from the opposition.
Generally, the A5 range is better equipped as standard than equivalent BMWs. But as with all these cars it’s easily possible to spend substantially more (one of our test cars had almost £10,000 of toys added to it).