Cheap A5 - the 1.8 is here!
OK, so the S5 and early A5 brigade may be sneering (and yes I'm jealous) but I've just downloaded the latest A5 price list from the Audi UK site and it shows a new 1.8 TFSI variant at ... wait for it ... £26,190 OTR.
Only missing feature appears to be the LEDs and Xenons and the good news is it's fairly CO2 friendly (169g/km) and reasonably quick (0-62 in 8.4 and top speed of 143).
Company car drivers rejoice!!!
UPDATE: Here's the link to the brochure with the info: http://www.audi.co.uk/etc/medialib/c....0007.File.pdf
Taken Delivery of My A5 1.8T Sport
I took delivery of my A5 1.8T Sport last week and it's completely exceeded my expectations which were already pretty high.
The 1.8T engine is pretty impressive. It certainly has more pull than I expected although I'm still getting used to the right gear change to get reliable mid range acceleration (I've had an A3 with DSG for the last 3 years in which I did over 58,000 miles so reverting to a manual is taking a little getting used to ... but I haven't stalled it!). The engine is lovely and quiet but makes quite a spirited noise on the odd occassion when I've started to push it a bit. At the moment it's not quite as economical as I'd hoped ... 35mpg on a recent 100 mile motorway cruise at "about" 70mph when I was hoping for low 40's.
The interior is fantastic (I have Black Milano leather). I got the optional electric seats which I'm finding remarkably adjustable and the lumbar support is a godsend after my A3.
The B&O sound system is stunning ... it makes the Bose in my A3 sounds like a transistor radio. The MMI and DIS displays are brilliantly clear and well laid out with plenty of options to tinker with. The DIS is a fairly high res multi colour display and I particularly like the digital speedo.
The best value for money option I got was the hold assist ... basically an automatic handbrake which comes on every time you stop. £45 well spent and a no-brainer option for anyone getting the manual gearbox.
Haven't really noticed the benefits of the interior light pack but the storage pack was money well spent.
Obviously had to add the Xenons because it's the only way to get the trademark LED day running lights and boy do they attract some attention.
Absolutely delighted with the car and would thoroughly recommend it (shame the order lead times are now back towards the end of the year).