MPG and running costs
The A5 range begins at under £40,000, which means good news for private buyers as it dodges the luxury car tax imposed from April 2017. First-year taxation is pretty palatable too, with low emissions for most engines.
That’s good news if you were planning to use the A5 as a company car, too. Low emissions of 105g/km in the most efficient 2.0 TDI Ultra model means rock-bottom running costs, while even the similarly powered 2.0 TFSI petrol only coughs out 117g/km. Meanwhile, the most powerful 249bhp 2.0 TFSI emits 136g/km.
Subscribe to evo magazine
Fuel economy figures are similarly competitive, ranging from 47.9mpg in the 249bhp 2.0 TFSI to an astonishing 70.6mpg in the 2.0 TDI Ultra - though in the real world you’re likely to see consumption somewhere in the 50’s.. Figures for the powerful S5 are understandably less impressive – 38.2mpg and 170g/km of CO2.
Our pick of the engine range is the 249bhp 2.0 TFSI, which managed good economy during our time with it. We saw low-40’s mpg on a test route that saw the TDI ultra record low-50’s.