Find a car review

Make
Model
Reviews

Audi A5 review - handsome coupe may be old, but still holds appeal - MPG and running costs

Audi’s big A5 coupé is more genteel GT than hard-charging driver’s choice

Evo rating
Price
from £29,190
  • Handsome, finely finished and capable, a fine GT car
  • Multitronic automatic ruins any serenity, not as good to drive as rivals

In the hugely competitive corporate marketplace running costs define sales volume. That means despite relatively high sticker prices the A5 should be a relatively inexpensive car to run. That’s driven by not just assured high residual values when you’ve finished with it and tax reduction chasing emissions and economy, but also the option of fixed price servicing packages.

With emissions output a key purchasing choice among buyers the A5 uses all the current stop-start and energy recuperation tricks to maximise economy and get the lowest emissions possible. The star of the range is the 2.0 TDI Ultra, emitting 109g/km for a 17 per cent Benefit In Kind tax payment on your company car scheme, and the annual road tax bill is a mere £20.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

Officially that Ultra model returns 67.3mpg on the combined consumption cycle, though expect a realistic (if you’re sensible) figure around the 50mpg mark.

Obviously running costs increase as you walk up the model ladder, adding quattro to any model reducing efficiency and increasing emissions, the 2.0 TDI quattro increasing the tax burden over that ultra to 22 per cent, while adding the S Tronic auto ups it another percentage point. Don’t discount the petrol models for tax liability, with both the 1.8 and 2.0 TFSI models being competitive, with 19 per cent and 23 per cent respectively, though you’ll need to stop at the pumps more frequently, as the turbocharged petrol models typically trail the mpg figures of those TDIs by around a third.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/mclaren/201759/new-mclaren-gt-review-woking-muscles-in-on-aston-martins-home-ground
McLaren

New McLaren GT review – Woking muscles-in on Aston Martin’s home ground

Is McLaren’s first grand tourer just a toned-down supercar, or something more nuanced and special?
17 Sep 2019
Visit/review/201600/milltek-volkswagen-up-gti-review-tuner-takes-supermini-to-145bhp
Review

Miltek Volkswagen Up GTI review

VW’s Up GTI is already a favourite of ours. Can Milltek’s upgrades improve it further?
16 Sep 2019
Visit/features/17721/the-best-family-cars-that-are-fun-to-drive
Best cars

Best family cars that are still fun to drive

Saloon, hatchback or SUV, family cars come in all shapes and sizes, and needn’t be a snore to drive. These are some of the team’s favourites.
13 Sep 2019
Visit/article/201613/goodyear-eagle-f1-supersport-picked-by-porsche
Sponsored

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport - picked by Porsche

Goodyear has many close associations with premium global car brands, but being asked to develop a trackday tyre for Porsche's extreme 911 GT3 RS was a…
14 Aug 2019