Years constructed: 2007 to 2016
Bodystyles: Two-door coupe, two-door convertible, five-door Sportback
The all-new Audi A5 and A5 Sportback is now rolling into Irish dealerships, however it’s effectively value searching for an unique model (labelled B9 by Audi for its inner numbering system). Not solely is it well-made, good to drive, and surprisingly sensible for a coupe, it’s additionally regarded by former Audi head of design — the legendary Walter Da Silva — because the best-looking automobile he ever designed, and the person has designed a few of the best-looking vehicles of all time. A future basic? No — it’s a basic already.
Early A5s had been a bit bit restricted of their specs. Initially the automobile was launched as a two-door coupe solely with a alternative of three.2-litre V6 petrol engine or three.Zero-litre TDI V6 diesel. That alternative expanded a bit when the two.Zero-litre TFSI turbo petrol got here on stream, alongside the two.7-litre V6 TDI Multitronic diesel, which for some time was the one auto and diesel combo you would have within the A5.
It didn’t take lengthy for the primary efficiency by-product to reach — the four.2-litre V8-engined S5, which was an virtually completely fantastic automobile, albeit one which’s very costly to run in case you handle to trace one down.
In 2009, Audi launched the Sportback — a barely stretched five-door fastback A5 with 4 frame-less doorways and a liftback boot. Though not way more spacious inside than the usual Coupe, the additional doorways and fractional further area do imply which you could (nearly) have a household and an A5 on the similar time. The Sportback’s arrival additionally coincided with the primary 2.Zero-litre TDI four-cylinder diesel mannequin, with 170hp.
In 2012, the A5 was given a major facelift, which altered the form of the grille and lights, and upgraded the inside a bit, however which (fortunately) didn’t change the basic form. The most important change was that the V8 S5 misplaced its eight-cylinder engine and gained as an alternative a supercharged V6 three.Zero-litre unit, which stored up efficiency, however misplaced the V8’s fantastic soundtrack. There was an additional replace in 2013, however that was largely restricted to minor mechanical gadgets and a brand new MMI infotainment system. Extra highly effective 2.Zero-litre TDI diesel models and a 1.eight TFSI petrol had joined the vary in 2011.
As for the most effective mannequin to purchase? An S5 is an excellent factor to drive, however dear. A three.Zero-litre TDI V6 equally pretty, however a bit on the heavy aspect. A 2.Zero-litre TDI is frugal, a 1.eight or 2.Zero TFSI sings a sweeter music. You’ll have extra luck discovering a TDI so go for that.
How a lot ought to I spend? Circa €25-27,000 will get you a 2013 two-door coupe, however you’ll pay a bit further for the extra sensible Sportback.
Right here’s one we discovered:
2013 Audi A5 Black Version 2-door Coupe 2.Zero TDI 180hp, 83,000km, one proprietor, €26,400 from a franchised seller.
The two.7 and three.Zero-litre diesels develop exhaust gasoline recirculation valve issues, whereas the three.2 V6 petrol is liable to coolant pump failure. All diesel fashions want regualr long-distance drives to construct up warmth to clear their DPF diesel filters, so watch out for A5s with too-low mileage.
1.eight and a couple of.Zero TFSI petrols and a couple of.Zero TDI diesel engines want their cambelts modified each 5 years or at 120,000km intervals, so make it possible for has been achieved.
The MMI system is liable to creating glitches and might be very awkward to diagnose and restore, whereas for some motive the glovebox lids might be difficult to close correctly and infrequently grasp free. In case you have a Multitronic model with the CVT gearbox, it might want a software program reflash to stop hesitant acceleration, whereas the air-con methods want common re-gassing.
In the event you’re an S-Line mannequin, have the suspension inspected. S-Line fashions run decrease, with firmer springs and low profile tyres and are liable to extra harm and monitoring points than con-ventional fashions — test for uneven tyre put on too.
There’s an final A5 and that’s the V8 turbo RS5. It was initially launched in 2010 with a 450hp twin-turbo V8 engine, wider monitor, cumbersome wheelarches, an enormous rear spoiler and severe efficiency. It’s a correct high-performance automobile, the RS5, and might be exhausting to trace down. Price it although…
And while you’ve discovered your excellent A5 don’t overlook to get it historical past checked by motorcheck.ie.