A fresh new look and tech for the Audi A5 and S5 range
It seems that Audi could not help but give us a few more new range updates before the year ended. Audi has released its new upgraded A5 Sportback, A5 Coupé, and S5 Cabriolet range. This updated range will offer a more modern look and will give us a sportier and more performance led drive. Of course, in true Audi fashion, it will get some new technology upgrades from Audi’s cutting-edge MMI touch operating concept.
The Audi A5 Coupé, Audi A5 Sportback, and Audi S5 Cabriolet will share its familiar 3.0 TFSI engine. The A5 Coupé and Sportback will have power outputs of 140kW while the S5 models will provide a more powerful 260kW. The A5 range will come equipped with an S tronic transmission, while the S5 gets a Tiptronic transmission.
In terms of the exterior, Audi has set their eyes on making a sportier appearance for the A5 and S5 range. The standard A5 will come with a black matte radiator grille with a chrome frame and door sills with aluminium inserts in the front. It also comes with a black matte rear diffuser and side air intakes. The tailpipe trims come in an aluminium silver matte and the bar tailgate in chrome. The standard A5 gets around on 17-inch aluminium wheels. If you looking to get the S line model, then you will benefit from the S line emblem on the front fenders and a sports suspension. There is also an S line-specific radiator grille and a rear diffuser that comes in a titanium black. The S line also gets bumped up to larger 18-inch aluminium wheels. Sitting on top of the range is the S models which come in their own unique look. It gets a larger rear spoiler, red brake calipers, S model bumpers and an S sports suspension. It gets around on 19-inch S styled grey wheels. In terms of colour choices on the exterior, customers can choose between 12 exterior paint finishes, including the new shade district green, metallic.
The A5 and S5 models will feature a large MMI touch display. The new MMI touch system will offer a user experience like a contemporary smartphone. There is a 10.1-inch touch display with acoustic feedback that replaces the rotary pushbutton used in previous models. The MMI search is based on free text. It comes with a natural language voice control that understands many formulations from everyday speech and is another convenient function available. This will come with Audi connect that enables immediate online connectivity to Audi’s roadside assistance, emergency call centre, emergency towing, an ambulance, police, or even fire brigade support, all being done with a touch of a button.
Audi connect also offers real-time information for navigation and information. This is done through the live and integrated Google Earth navigation which allows the driver to easily plan trips through the myAudi app and send destinations and routes directly to the vehicle. The myAudi app is downloadable from the app store and will come as an additional standard feature as part of the Audi connect portfolio, which connects the Audi A5 or S5 with the customer’s smartphone.
The Audi A5 comes standard with an Audi smartphone interface which enables Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The driver will have access to control the full-HD, 12.3-inch display of the Audi virtual cockpit plus through the multifunction steering wheel and can choose between three views. The standard seats are also now available with leather/leatherette upholstery and come in five different shades. The exterior lines are now combinable with the S line interior package which adds sports seats with fine Nappa leather and S embossing at an additional cost.
The Audi A5 and S5 range is currently available for sale at all Audi dealerships across South Africa and will come standard with a 5 year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan, inclusive of all taxes.
Audi A5 Coupé 40 TFSI R751 000
Audi A5 Coupé 40 TFSI S line R796 000
Audi A5 Sportback 40 TFSI S line R811 000
Audi A5 Coupé 40 TDI quattro S line R836 000
Audi A5 Sportback 40 TDI quattro S line R851 000
Audi S5 Coupé TFSI quattro R1 052 000
Audi S5 Sportback TFSI quattro R1 067 000
Audi S5 Cabriolet TFSI quattro R1 152 000