What is it?
The entry-level version of Audi’s excellent A5 coupe range, the 1.8-litre TFSI.
This is the only version of the A5 that does without a six cylinder engine, and it also does without the Quattro four-wheel drive fitted to most of its more powerful sisters.
That means a (relative) bargain pricetag: the entry-level A5 is nearly four grand cheaper than the cheapest Mercedes CLK and barely more expensive than the considerably less exclusive BMW 320i coupe.
What’s it like?
Still very appealing. Indeed, despite its relative lack of cylinders and power, the 1.8 TFSI drives pretty much as well as the rest of the range.
The engine in this car plays a significant part in its success. A turbocharged 1.8-litre four-pot sounds, in prospect, a bit ordinary for a car like this, but it’s anything but. The headline power and torque outputs may be modest, but they’re so accessible. Bury the throttle and you get nothing but peak torque (184lb ft) from 1500- to 4800rpm; then, from 4800- to 6200rpm, the engine serves up a continuous 168bhp.
That translates into strong performance: an 8.4 second 0-62mph time and 142mph top speed are hardly tardy. Those figures are sharpened by the fact the most basic A5 weighs nearly 300kg less than a Tiptronic-equipped S5.