Audi A5 is now being freshened with a different look that, at least to our eye, is ever so slightly more attractive than before. There are also new tech features on board, including a different infotainment system, and in Europe at least new hybrid systems for the various powertrains offered.
Audi A5 receives an updated MMI infotainment system with more computing power and a 10.1-inch touch display with acoustic feedback. Audi says it has also improved the system’s natural-language voice controls. The infotainment system can communicate with surrounding cars and infrastructure, such as traffic lights. The system is even capable of finding you an available street parking spot.
Audi’s latest MMI infotainment system also features on-demand upgrades. A5 owners can upgrade their MMI system at any time to include Audi navigation MMI plus, DAB+ digital radio, and the Audi smartphone interface. Upgrades are available in one month, one year and unlimited terms, and can be made at any time via the myAudi app.
Styling updates to the A5 range include a flatter and wider grille, the addition of a blade at the lower edge of the front bumper and larger air inlets up front. Viewed in profile, you may notice the new side-sills, while a diffuser insert with trapezoidal tailpipes debuts round back.
A5 will likely keep its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. In the U.S., the S5 currently uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, making 354 hp and 369 lb.-ft. Audi also offers an even sportier RS 5, which packs a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 making 444 hp and 443 lb.-ft. The biggest change is without a shadow of a doubt the S5’s switch to a six-cylinder 3.0-liter turbodiesel rated at 342 hp (255 kW) and an ample 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque. Audi hasn’t said whether the RS 5 will get the same 2020-model-year updates as the A5 and S5, however.
The A5 Coupé, A5 Cabriolet and A5 Sportback will go on sale later this year alongside their more potent S5 versions, which are now exclusively diesel-powered in Europe.