Just like there is more than one way to skin a cat, there is more than one way to design a cut. That said, most manufacturers would aim to make theirs as fun to drive as possible (see BMW 4 Series), but with their A5 Coupe Audi has chosen to give sporty drivers something cooler and more understated.

It’s practical, too, thanks to the split rear seats and a massive 465-liter trunk. Do you need more practicality? So look no further than the A5 Sportback, a five-door variant with coupe-like engines and trim. New, the prices were the same too, but in the used market a similar Sportback seems to be a little cheaper, maybe because there are more.

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Back to the coupe. The generation we are talking about here was released in 2016. Bigger and lighter and powered by more efficient engines, it was a big improvement over the outgoing model. Interestingly, for a model intended for professionals, gasoline versions outnumber diesels in the used car market, by far. They come in 148bhp, 187bhp, and 249bhp 2.0 TFSI forms, with the 349bhp 3.0 V6 being reserved for the S5. Prices start at around £ 14,000 for a 187bhp 2.0 TFSI 190 Sport in 2017 with 65,000 miles.

The most powerful gasoline engine has quattro four-wheel drive. Since this system is associated with more expensive gasoline and diesel engines, it is not surprising that in the second-hand market it is easily outnumbered by the front-wheel drive versions. Prices are reasonable, with a 2.0 TFSI 252 S line S tronic 2017-reg quattro with 50,000 miles costing £ 17,900.

Gasoline engines are efficient and run free, but if you plan on driving the high miles, check out one of the more economical diesel engines. They come in 2.0-liter 148bhp and 187bhp versions, the latter also being offered in a more economical Ultra form (a claimed 70mpg). Prices are around £ 13,490 for a 2017 2.0 TDI Ultra 190 Sport with 75,000 miles. Further up the diesel lineup are the 215 hp and 282 hp 3.0-liter V6 TDIs, again mated to the quattro drivetrain. We couldn’t find a single one of these on the used market and very few of the former, which start at £ 17,000 for a 60,000 mile 2017 S Line. Overall, diesel mileage is not very high, suggesting that most cars spent their time parking at the station.

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From launch, standard equipment included xenon headlights, an electric tailgate, three-zone climate control and a 7.0-inch color screen. The 2019 facelift was all about the light touch, with major changes reserved for under the skin. For example, the interior won Audi’s latest infotainment system while the engine sported 12V mild hybrid technology.

Despite its rock-cut feel, the A5 isn’t immune to parcel shelves and the occasional buzzing trim, as well as infotainment issues. However, those gremlins aside, before or after the facelift, a used A5 coupe is a sleek and stylish companion that isn’t bad value for money either.

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Source: www.autocar.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-04-29 05:01:23