Audi A5: Welcome to the fleet

  • We introduce the latest addition to the Parkers fleet
  • On paper the A5 Coupe looks pretty impressive
  • Plenty of options included on our model

I’m not a big believer in love at first sight but that theory was greatly tested recently when we took delivery of the latest addition to the Parkers fleet; the Audi A5 Coupe.

As my Mother always told me; beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I defy anyone who doesn't think this car is a beauty.

Despite the current model being launched in 2007 and facelifted back in 2011, its swooping curves, prominent grille and bright red paintwork looks fresh and modern for today's car park and manages to turn plenty of heads.

Getting the keys to your next long-term car is like Christmas for us journalists, but before I could take the new Audi for a spin, it was time to assess the paperwork.

Ultra is a new brand of engines from the premium carmaker which are optimised for fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions. Our new A5 long termer is fitted with a 2-litre TDI Ultra diesel which offers an official combined consumption figure of 74.3mpg, which is pretty impressive, and CO2 emissions down at 109g/km. This means cheap VED car tax and Benefit-in-Kind tax for company car drivers.

Performance-wise the A5 looks pretty quick with a 0-62mph time of 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 140mph courtesy of the 161bhp and 400Nm of pulling power available.

Even in entry-level SE trim our new long-termer has an array of kit as standard including 17-inch alloy wheels, three-zone air-con, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, parking sensors, DAB Radio, Bluetooth and automatic boot opening.

There's plenty of options on our test car too including the Bang & Olufsen sound system which we’ve been big fans of in the past for £595, an advanced parking system which includes reversing camera for £340 and Side Assist for £440 which illuminates a light on the wing mirrors to alert you if it’s not safe to pull out of lane.

With winter fast approaching the standard heated door mirrors and heated front seats will definitely come in useful too and we are big fans of the part leather and Alcantara sports seats which cost £410 extra.

The most expensive bit of kit on the options list is the technology package which costs an eye-watering £1,695 and includes sat-nav and an upgraded parking system which includes a visual park assist system for the front and rear.

So all-in-all we are pretty impressed with the latest edition to our fleet, on paper all the sums add up plus the promise of luxurious surroundings is pretty exciting too.

But that’s enough talking, it’s time to take the car on the open road. 

Mileage: 67

Fuel economy: 74.3mpg (Audi's claimed figures on combined fuel economy cycle)