Audi A5 receives fresh facelift for 2019

New Audi A5 line-up arrives at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show with fresh looks and technology

Audi has followed up the facelifted A4 saloon and Avant estate with a freshly redesigned A5, revealed in full at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Coupe, Cabriolet and five-door Sportback guise. 

On sale since 2016, the mid-life refresh bestowed on the second-generation A5 is extremely similar to that of the A4. That means a sportier redesign on the outside is joined by new infotainment technology on the inside and new engines.

Best convertibles to buy

Visually, the transformation is most evident front on. The A5 receives a new grille, shaped in line with the latest Audi family face and finished in different patterns based on trim level. For instance, sporty S-Line and S5 models receive honeycomb treatment, while elsewhere in the line-up the grille is finished with horizontal slats.

The front bumper morphs into a more aggressive design with larger air intakes cut into the front apron and a new bottom lip. Sitting above the main grille is a horizontal cut, similar to the one on the A4 facelift and the A1. Freshly designed LED headlights - available with optional matrix LED technology - complete the new front end, new taillights appear at the back alongside a freshly designed rear diffuser, and some of the side surfacing changes too. 

Inside, the infotainment changes to match that of the A4. That means Audi has removed the rotary know based MMI system in favour of a touchscreen only setup utilising a new 10.1-inch display mounted on the dashboard, running new software. Navigation technology has been updated to the brand’s latest standard, with new online services such as hazard information, on-street parking availability and in certain European cities, traffic light information.

As standard the new A5 is equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot, while the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel has been updated to Audi’s latest version, and can team up with a head-up display. Elsewhere, the A5 is now capable of over-the-air spec upgrades. Using the MyAudi Smartphone app, owners update their cars to feature MMI Navigation Plus, DAB+ digital radio or the Audi smartphone interface, either short term for a fee or permanently. 

The introduction of mild hybrid technology under the bonnet sees the A5’s four-cylinder petrol and diesel powertrain line-up change subtly. Four engine variants now feature 12-volt MHEV technology, consisting of a belt alternator starter connected to the crankshaft. The system recuperates energy and stores this in a small lithium-ion battery, enabling the start-stop system to operate in a larger window and reducing the amount of effort required by the engine while moving at speed, reducing CO2 and improving fuel economy.

Elsewhere, like the S4 models, the new S5 has been converted to diesel. The new S5 TDI uses a turbocharged 3.0-litre diesel engine with 48-volt mild hybrid assistance, developing 342bhp and 700Nm torque. 0-62mph is claimed in under five seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. Drive is sent to a quattro all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, while the S5 will be offered in just Coupe and Sportback body styles. 

UK specifications for the facelifted A5 have not been finalised, but a small price premium over the asking price of the current A5 Coupe should see starting prices rise slightly above £35,000. Cars are anticipated on the road early next year.

What are your thoughts on the new Audi A5 Sportback? Let us know in the comments section below…


New 2021 electric Hyundai 45 SUV spied for the first time

New 2021 electric Hyundai 45 SUV spied for the first time

A pre-production version of Hyundai’s retro-styled all-electric SUV has been spotted undergoing development at the Nurburgring
12 May 2020
New Land Rover Defender: full specs and details
Land Rover Defender - studio front
Land Rover Defender 4x4

New Land Rover Defender: full specs and details

The new Land Rover Defender brings advanced tech, proper off-roading ability and starting price of £40k
25 Mar 2020
New Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo adds sporty flair
Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo - front tracking
Skoda Kamiq SUV

New Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo adds sporty flair

Racy new Skoda Kamiq Monte Carlo SUV to be priced from £23,305, with first deliveries to start in Spring
29 Jan 2020
Prices for Mercedes GLE 350 de plug-in
Mercedes GLE 350 de - Frankfurt front
Mercedes GLE

Prices for Mercedes GLE 350 de plug-in

New diesel-electric Mercedes GLE 350 de SUV will be priced from £61,360 and is capable of over 60 miles on electric power alone
29 Jan 2020

Most Popular

New Audi A6 50 TFSI e 2020 review
Audi A6

New Audi A6 50 TFSI e 2020 review

The new Audi A6 50 TFSI e brings plug-in hybrid power to the A6 range for the first time
10 Nov 2020
New 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class luxury limo unveiled
Mercedes S-Class

New 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class luxury limo unveiled

The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has made its official debut, with lashings of technology and even more imposing styling
19 Nov 2020
How to transfer a number plate from one car to another
MINI number plate change
Tips & advice

How to transfer a number plate from one car to another

Need to know how to transfer a number plate between vehicles? Our step-by-step guide breaks it down
22 Nov 2020