According to the advertising campaign for the new Audi A5, the model has risen from the ‘ugly duckling’ looks of its Twenties concept car to become a beautiful A5 swan. However unfair it might seem to malign the Paul Jaray streamlined original, the model it transforms into is a definite beauty with the same avant-garde understanding of aerodynamics.
The 2012 A5 range combines sleek good looks with incredible fuel efficiency and supreme driver comfort. Available in coupé, sportback, cabriolet and as the performance-enhanced RS 5 coupé, all of the updated models feature a number of subtle but distinctive design tweaks including new wedge-shaped headlights, modified tail lights, a refreshed interior colour palette and new materials.
Audi claims fuel savings of up to 18 per cent on previous models – yet the 2012 A5 packs a powerful punch, whatever highly efficient engine is under the bonnet. The entry-level 1.8l TFSI turbo-charged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine produces 170bhp, while the most powerful 3.0l TDI diesel engine is a supercharged V6 that musters 272bhp. The 2012 A5 also boasts improved suspension with revised shock-absorber tuning for a more comfortable drive.
Comfort really is at the centre of the 2012 A5, with better power steering, intuitive controls and optional sports or luxurious climate-control seats and an upgraded, impressive infotainment system. Truly leaving any traces of its ‘ugly duckling’ past behind, the 2012 A5 is more eagle than swan – a true leader in its class. audi.co.uk