2009 Audi A5 2.0 TDI now available in the U.K.

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

The price of cutting a dash in the Audi A5 coupe has been further lowered by the economical new 53 mpg A5 2.0 TDI, which is currently available to order now in front-wheel-drive and Quattro all-wheel-drive configurations valued from £28,485 OTR (€35,250 or $44,850), and will reach markets in the UK beginning in March 2009. Its opening also correspond with the unveiling of the even more arresting S line specification for all A5 versions, offered at a premium of £2,250 (€2,784 or $3,540) over standard trim.

Following its performance coupe positioning, the A5 utilizes the most powerful, 170 hp variant of the latest generation 2.0-liter TDI unit originally seen in the A4 Saloon and Avant. Improved by a sophisticated common rail piezo fuel injection system, the high-tech unit makes its remarkable 350 Nm torque output available from just 1,750 rpm, and by taking full advantage of this through the standard six-speed manual transmission the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration can be attained in just 8.3 seconds in the front-wheel-drive model.

This strong performance is reinforced by fuel efficiency with 53.3mpg on the total cycle is 20 per cent more frugal than the already economical A5 2.7 TDI (44.1mpg), and CO2 output at 140g/km is 9 per cent lower on the next lowest rival, the A5 2.0 TFSI (154g/km).

The considerably enhanced refinement of the latest common rail TDI and the stylishness of the aluminum-rich five-link front and trapezoidal link rear suspension makes for smooth progress in the A5 2.0 TDI, aided by its longest-in-class wheelbase. The new position of the front wheel axle permits shorter overhangs and much enhanced axle load distribution also works in favor of balance handling and speed, characteristics which are especially obvious in the Quattro variant with its newest generation system with 40/60 front-to-rear power sharing.

Still quicker response is offered to drivers who opt for the optional Sport upgrade, which together with 18-inch 10-spoke V-design alloy wheels and sports seats brings sports suspension that has been lowered by 20mm. This suspension configuration is also integrated as part of the new S line specification available for all A5 models, which features 18-inch 5-spoke S line alloy wheels, an limited S line front and rear bumper design, side sill extensions, S line treatments for the interior and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights.

S line subscribers also have the choice to specify an even more driver-focused S line suspension at no extra cost. A5 Sport models carry a premium of £950 (€1,175 or $1,500) over their standard counterparts in each case, and new S line versions a price tag of £2,250 (€2,784 or $3,540) over standard specification.

Press Release

Eyecatching Economy From New Audi A5 2.0 TDI

  • Coupé styling now combines with 53mpg-plus economy in new four-cylinder diesel-powered Audi coupé 
  • New A5 2.0 TDI available in front-wheel-drive and quattro four-wheel-drive forms priced at £28,485 OTR and £30,010 OTR
  • Sport and recently introduced S line upgrades also available at premiums of £950 and £2,250 over standard models
  • Powered by latest 2.0 TDI engine with common rail piezo fuel injection delivering 170PS at 4,200rpm and 350Nm from 1,750rpm to 2,500rpm - initially available with manual transmission only
  • A5 2.0 TDI - 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds, 140mph top speed, 53.3mpg combined, CO2 140g/km, A5 2.0 TDI quattro 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds, 140mph top speed, 47.9mpg combined, CO2 156g/km
  • New S line specification available across the A5 range includes S line body and interior styling enhancements, 18-inch S line alloy wheels, sports suspension and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights

The cost of cutting a dash in the Audi A5 coupé has just been further reduced by the frugal new 53mpg A5 2.0 TDI, which is available to order now in front-wheel-drive and quattro four-wheel-drive forms priced from £28,485 OTR, and will reach its first UK customers in March 2009. Its launch also coincides with the introduction of the even more striking S line specification for all A5 models, available at a premium of £2,250 over standard trim.

In keeping with its performance coupé positioning, the A5 adopts the most powerful, 170PS version of the new generation 2.0-litre TDI unit first seen in the A4 Saloon and Avant. Enhanced by an advanced common rail piezo fuel injection system, the state-of-the art unit makes its impressive 350Nm torque output available from just 1,750rpm, and by fully exploiting this via the standard six-speed manual transmission the 0-62mph sprint can be dispatched in just 8.3 seconds in the front-wheel-drive version. This strong performance is underpinned by fuel economy that at 53.3mpg on the combined cycle is 20 per cent better than the already sparing A5 2.7 TDI (44.1mpg), and CO2 output that at 140g/km is 9 per cent down on the next lowest producer, the A5 2.0 TFSI (154g/km)

The significantly improved refinement of the new common rail TDI and the sophistication of the aluminium-rich five-link front and trapezoidal link rear suspension makes for unruffled progress in the A5 2.0 TDI, helped by its longest-in-class wheelbase. The repositioned front axle permitting shorter overhangs and much improved axle load distribution also works in favour of handling balance and agility, traits which are especially evident in the quattro version with its latest generation system with 40/60 front-to-rear power distribution.

New S line option

Even sharper response is available to drivers who choose the optional Sport upgrade, which along with 18-inch 10-spoke V-design alloy wheels and sports seats brings sports suspension lowered by 20mm. This suspension set up is also included as part of the new S line specification available for all A5 models, which features 18-inch 5-spoke S line alloy wheels, an exclusive S line front and rear bumper design, side sill extensions, S line treatments for the interior and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights. S line subscribers also have the option to specify an even more driver-focused S line suspension at no extra cost. A5 Sport models carry a premium of £950 over their standard counterparts in each case, and new S line versions a premium of £2,250 over standard specification.

The addition of the latest generation 2.0 TDI engine brings the total number of units powering the A5 to six. The range includes 2.7-litre and 3.0-litre V6 diesels with outputs of 190PS and 240PS, two 2.0-litre TFSI petrol units with 180PS and 211PS and a 3.2-litre V6 FSI petrol with 265PS.

The new Audi A5 2.0 TDI - OTR Pricing

A5 2.0 TDI £28,485

A5 2.0 TDI S line £30,735

A5 2.0 TDI quattro £30,010

A5 2.0 TDI quattro Sport £30,960

A5 2.0 TDI quattro S line £32,260


Key items of standard specification - A5 S line models

18-inch 5-spoke S line design alloy wheels with 245/40 R18 tyres

Sports suspension (S line suspension available at no extra cost)

S line side sill extensions and front and rear bumper design

Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights

3-spoke S line multi-function steering wheel

S line embossed sports seats upholstered in Milano leather

Perforated leather gear knob

3-zone climate control

Rear acoustic parking

Topics: audi, audi a5, coupe, uk, tdi

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