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All curves and sweeping style

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 19, 2014


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AUDI’S A5 coupe range has filled out nicely - and arguably, no variant makes more sense than the one we're going to look at here - the 2.0 TDI ultra.

With this model, Audi debuts a diesel engine we're likely to see a lot more of in the next generation version of this car - and it's a very frugal one, capable of over 67mpg on the combined cycle and a supermini-like CO2 figure of just 109g/km.

Of course, it still isn't cheap and depending on the variant you choose and the extras specified, you should still allow for a budget of just over £31,000 budget.

Still, this car's most immediate rival, in this case BMW's 420d Coupe, is hardly chickenfeed to buy either. Audi has pitched its pricing slightly under BMW's too.

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If you know your Audi engines, then you'll know that the A5 range has for some time offered a 2.0-litre diesel unit with 163PS, badged '2.0 TDIe'.

The 2.0 TDI ultra unit we're looking at here isn't that powerplant. No, for this A5, we're talking of a completely new unit engineered for even leaner burning with super efficiency that has next to no impact on performance.

It works with an efficient Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system that removes nitrogen oxides from the exhaust and ensures that the new models meet Euro 6 emission standards.

Otherwise, we're talking the usual A5 recipe which in more recent models like this one features a steering system re-designed to offer plenty of feel, though this still isn't the sharpest car in its class to throw around a series of twisty corners. There's no quattro 4WD option at this level.

The A5 Coupe was updated not long ago, but you'd have to be very familiar with the looks of the original version to notice the changes made.

Essentially, these boil down to the addition of a sharper-looking set of wedgy A6-style headlamps that on most UK models are surrounded by the LED strip daytime running lights. There's also a cleaner-looking single-frame front grille these days, plus a smarter front bumper and the bonnet. The more angular tail lights are also neater in current models and use brighter LED technology.

The overall aesthetic look and feel of this car hasn't changed, the interesting mixture of straight lines, sweeping curves and convex surfaces gelling into a very good looking shape indeed.

The shape, which looked a little conservative when first it appeared, now seems uber-cool.

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