Elements of the new design language from the full-size class characterise the sporty aesthetics of the updated Audi A5. Even the first generation from 2007 fascinated with its sporty and harmonious body line. The second generation from 2016 added new, sharper accents. Now Audi has significantly revised the exterior, with the front end, in particular, exuding an even more powerful resolve. The Singleframe with the honeycomb grille is flatter and somewhat wider. Ventilation slits above the grille are reminiscent of the classic Audi Sport quattro from 1984. 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.
All A5 body and engine variants come with LED headlights as standard equipment. Audi offers Matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights featuring dynamic turn signals as an optional upgrade. Customers opting for the top end get Matrix LED headlights including Audi laser light, LED rear lights with dynamic turn signals and dynamic light sequencing. Besides the basic variant, the exterior is now available in two optional lines: advanced and S line. The S models and the A5 Cabriolet also come with their own unique look. The exterior lines are now freely combinable with the S line and design selection interior packages. The updated A5 comes with 12 paint finishes, including the new shade district green, metallic.
With its new MMI touch system, the highly connected Audi A5 offers a user experience similar to a contemporary smartphone. A 10.1-inch touch display with acoustic feedback replaces the rotary pushbutton used in previous models. The graphics are clean and reduced; the menu structure reflects the expectations of the user. 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. The top of the line is the MMI navigation plus infotainment control centre.
New functions also make navigation intelligent and intuitive. For example, it suggests routes based on routes previously driven. Audi connect and Audi connect plus comprise a multitude of online services, including online traffic sign and hazard information, on-street parking and the Car-to-X service traffic light information, which Audi launched in Ingolstadt this July. It connects the car to the city’s central computer that controls the traffic lights. The myAudi app connects the car with the customer’s smartphone. The standard personalisation allows the creation of as many as seven different user profiles for storing personal settings and preferences. The optional digital Audi connect key turns an Android smartphone into a vehicle key that can unlock the doors and start the engine.
The Audi A5 comes standard with a Wi-Fi hotspot. The driver controls the full-HD, 12.3-inch display (1,920 x 720 pixels) of the Audi virtual cockpit plus via the multifunction steering wheel and can choose between three views. This is complemented by a MMI search that projects important information into the driver’s direct field of view. A major new addition is functions on demand. Customers can now use the myAudi app to add three functions online at any time after purchasing their car: Audi navigation MMI plus, DAB+ digital radio and the Audi smartphone interface. They can choose between three terms: one month, one year, or unlimited. The Audi phone box and the Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 3D sound round out the range in the Audi A5. Audi offers numerous driver assist systems for the updated A5 models, several of them as standard equipment.