I was over with my local VW\Audi dealer on the way home from work. They opened in December but were operating both dealerships out of the VW showroom, but just this past week have opened up in a dedicated Audi showroom and finally got their full range into it.
They had a basic 1.8T A3 Cab in Deep Blue Sea. Nice colour, but the 16in alloys and standard suspension made it look like a tractor. There's some nice detail features on it such as the aluminium strip at the top of the exterior door handles and some other spots around the car. Still don't think I'd buy one though. It was €41,000 and you'd need to spend another 6-7 grand to get a half decent one. I'd say there'd be little change from 50k for the spec I'd be after.
They had two lovely A5s in the showroom. A Phantom Black 2.7TDI and a blue 1.8T. The 1.8T was 51k but had the 3 grand leather option and upgraded wheels and some other stuff I probably wouldn't want and it was 51k. The 1.8T engine has just been reduced today by 4 grand for July delivery - they've brought a new Vehicle Registration Tax system over here based on emissions where previously it was based on engine size.
I'll be seriously considering the A5 when it comes time to change. I'd say 55-60k would get me the one I want with all the trimmings. The all new A3 won't be out when it comes time to change, so I don't want to be stuck with an old model after 8-12 months.
Anybody else of the same opinion?
I took a look at the A5 forum earlier and it seems to be emptier than the bar on the marie celeste. There's only been a total of 27 threads started on it. I wonder if that means that the average A5 buyer has better things to do with their time than hang around on a forum!