Audi A5 Sportback Review

The new Audi A5 Sportback now feature a more modern and tauter look. The updated model offers Audi Matrix LED headlights and cutting-edge MMI touch operating concept. The mild hybrid technology offers greater comfort while also reducing fuel consumption.

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  1. Much more Sporty look

Elements of the new design language from the full-size class characterize the sporty aesthetics of the updated Audi A5. The new Audi has significantly revised the exterior, with the front end,  exuding an even more powerful resolve. The Singleframe with the honeycomb grille is flatter and  wider. A bold blade forms the lower edge of the bumper, which features larger air inlets. A new sill provides for a slimmer appearance when viewed from the side; a diffuser insert with trapezoidal tailpipes makes the back of the car look wider.

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Standard for Singapore, the A5 Sportback comes with Matrix LED headlights and LED rear lights featuring dynamic turn indicators. Horizontal lines dominate the interior of the car.

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2. Connectivity

With its new MMI touch system, the highly connected Audi A5 Sportback offers a user experience similar to a smartphone. A 10.1-inch touch display with acoustic feedback replaces the rotary pushbutton used in previous models. The MMI search is based on free text input and returns relevant hits very rapidly. Natural-language voice control understands many formulations from everyday speech. In Singapore, the A5 Sportback comes standard with the top of the line MMI navigation plus infotainment control center.

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The myAudi app connects the car with the customer’s smartphone. The standard personalization allows the creation of as many as seven different user profiles for storing personal settings and preferences.

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3. A drive system that is Powerful, Sophisticated, Efficient

The updated Audi A5 Sportback in Singapore is launched with an updated 2.0 TFSI engine in two state of tune, a 150 hp and a 190 hp, exclusively paired with an efficient and direct shifting seven-speed S tronic transmission.

The TFSI (Turbo fuel stratified injection) is the world’s first turbocharged direct injection engine. This system produces higher power output and optimum engine response, all while providing greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

Both powertrains feature the mild hybrid system (MHEV) integrated into the 12-volt electrical system. Central to the mild hybrid system is the belt alternator starter (BAS), which is connected to the crankshaft.

One of the biggest upgrades to the Audi A5 Sportback is the addition of a 12-volt mild hybrid system. A mild hybrid is a simpler (or milder) version of a full hybrid powertrain, which has a more powerful electric motor and larger battery pack. These enable it to power vehicles on electricity alone. A mild hybrid cannot do the same. However, though less complex, a mild hybrid with its integrated starter motor and smaller battery pack still allows for faster restarts during stop-start operation.

The A5 Sportback is able to coast with the engine switched off between 55 and 160 km/h. During this time, the lithium-ion battery powers the electrical consumers. The start-stop range operates from as low as 22 km/h. When the accelerator is depressed, the BAS restarts the engine quickly and smoothly. When stopped, this happens while the brake pedal is still depressed as soon as the vehicle in front begins to move. In real-world, everyday operation, the MHEV system can reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.3 liters per 100 kilometers according to Audi measurements.

A5 Sportback is quicker than most cars on the road. I was usually the first to pull away when the lights turned green.

This is a car with a handsome design, sporty stance and large boot space.

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This is a sporty and elegant car that you will enjoy for many years.

The Audi A5 Sportback is now available at Audi Centre Singapore with a starting recommended retail price of $199,900 inclusive of COE and VES.

 

 

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