Mild facelift for Audi A5 Coupe, Cabriolet and Sportback

  • New A5 range updates mirror that of the A4
  • New engines and infotainment
  • Visual changes add aggression

Audi has updated its A5 model range ahead of a public debut at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show. The freshening-up applies to Coupe, Cabriolet and five-door Sportback models, and brings the A5 in line with its A4 sibling – the car with which it shares a platform.

New, more aggressive face

2019 Audi S5, front dynamic

Changes to the styling are subtle, but noticeable. There’s a new grille, with horizontal slats for conventional models and a honeycomb treatment on sportier S Line and high-performance S5 variants. It sits above a new, aggressive bumper treatment with large air intakes and a new lip spoiler. Chunky silver highlights mark these out, though S Line and S5 models will see them painted black.

There are more minor changes on the sides and rear, amounting only to some tweaks to the side detailing and new LED taillights. Trapezoidal exhaust surrounds purport to make the car appear wider.

Upgraded infotainment and tech

Inside, Audi has upgraded the A5’s infotainment to the same new system found in the latest A4 and A1. It’s now a pure touchscreen system, dispensing with the rotary clickwheel found on previous models, and sits atop the dashboard, angled slightly towards the driver.

2019 Audi S5, interior

The 10.1-inch display runs new software, and will be standard in all UK models. Navigation is standard too, and users can opt-in to a subscription for live services such as news, Google Earth mapping and Street View and live traffic. It’s also compatible with services yet to be introduced in the UK, such as the clever traffic light information system currently being trialled in Germany that connects to local networks and suggests how fast you should drive to avoid red lights.

The standard-fit Virtual Cockpit digital dials have also been upgraded to Audi’s latest version and can be paired to a heads-up display. The added levels of connectivity mean A5 owners will be able to upgrade their car’s infotainment over-the-air, either short-term or permanently.

New engine line-up with mild hybrid technology

A similar upgraded engine lineup to the A4 will make its way into the A5, with power outputs ranging from 163hp right up to 347hp in the S5 models. Some engine variants will be equipped with a mild-hybrid system – essentially a small battery and generator that can capture energy usually lost during deceleration and braking. It allows A5 models to cut the engine out when the driver lifts off the accelerator, and compensate for gaps in torque improving fuel economy.

2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet, front three quarter

It also allows the engine stop/start system to cut power before the car’s reached a complete halt – it now works at speeds of under 13mph.

A range of TFSI petrol and TDI diesels are expected. All basic models use a seven-speed transmission, while S models use an eight-speed ‘box. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard for S models and the most powerful of the regular range, but can be applied to lower-powered models by demand.

Halo S5 models have now moved to diesel power – as with their A4 siblings. The S5 now uses a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, developing 347hp and capable of 0-62mph in less than five seconds.

UK pricing and full specification details have not yet been announced, but bookmark this page for more information when it’s available.

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