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New diesel engines for Audi A5 models

  • Cleaner and more efficient diesels for Coupe and Sportback
  • New trim level also added to the Audi A5 range
  • Sportback costs from £164 per month for 40% tax payersw

A pair of new diesel engines has been added to the Audi A5 Coupe and Sportback, making them more affordable for company car drivers.

Badged as TDIe engines, there’s a lower-powered 134bhp engine available in the Sportback model, while a higher-powered 161bhp version of the 2.0-litre engine can be specified in both the Sportback and Coupe.

Fitted with the 134bhp engine, CO2 emissions for the A5 Sportback are just 117g/km, placing it in the 18% Benefit-in-Kind bracket for the 2012/13 tax year. With a P11d value of £27,265 for the entry level trim this equates to a monthly company car tax price of £164 for anyone paying tax at the 40% rate.

It’s not all about lower cost and cleaner engines though. This model is still able to go from zero to 62mph in 9.5 seconds, while economy is co mpetitive with the manufacturer claiming it is able to achieve an average 64mpg.

Opt for the Coupe model, with the more powerful 161bhp engine and things are still reasonably inexpensive. This engine emits 115g/km, placing it in the 17% BIK band. With a P11d value of £30,490 for the SE model, monthly costs come to £172 for 40% tax payers. Again, performance isn’t sacrificed for costs and it will do the 0-62mph sprint in 8.4 seconds.

As well as  the new engines, the German manufacturer has added a new trim. Named SE Technik, it comes at £1,000 premium over the standard SE spec on the Sportback car and £500 on the Coupe. The extra kit includes DVD-based sat-nav, Audi music interface with iPod connection, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control.

 The new TDIe Sportback and Coupe models are available to order now, with P11d prices starting at £28,720 for the 161bhp Coupe and £27,265 for the 134bhp Sportback model. The 161bhp Sportback version has a starting P11d price of £27,770