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Audi A5 Sportback running costs and reliability

2009 - 2016 (change model)
Running costs rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 30 - 67 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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  • Reasonable running costs
  • Not cheap to service
  • Holds onto value well

There are few cars to compare it against, but Audi A5 Sportback running costs are reasonable overall – helped by good fuel economy on all models (even the 265bhp 3.2-litre manages an acceptable 30mpg).

Audi servicing and parts aren’t especially cheap, but no more expensive than the likes of BMW, , or

The Sportback runs on a variable servicing schedule so can go up 19,000 miles between services, depending on how the car is driven. It will hold its value well too, in particular the diesel quattro models.

Audi A5 Sportback emissions are impressive for a car of its dimensions. All versions feature engine recuperation technology, but the 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI manual models go one further with an engine start-stop system. This cuts the engine in stationary traffic and automatically restarts it again when required. As a result the 2.0 TDI manual emits an impressively low 137g/km of CO2 while returning 54mpg.

The 2.0 TFSI with 180bhp is also efficient and averages 44mpg with emissions of 152g/km of CO2.

  • Strong reputation for build quality
  • Many parts used and proven elsewhere
  • Only two recalls

You shouldn’t have to worry too much about Audi A5 Sportback reliability. Audi has a superb reputation for build quality.

The A5 Sportback uses engines and other components that have been well proven in other Audi and Volkswagen models so problems are very rare.

That said, a search of the DVLA’s recalls website shows a couple of issues that affected the A5.

Reduction in braking performance

On affected vehicles, engine oil may, in isolated instances, enter the brake servo via the vacuum feed lie.This may cause the brake servo diaphragm to rupture and loss of brake servo assistance.

Fuel may leak (3.0-litre TFSI)

Fuel may leak from the injector rails. Drivers may notice a smell of fuel and or evidence of a leak.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £20 - £395
Insurance group 22 - 40
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