Rent Audi A5 in Dubai
Revisions to the Audi A5 Sportback may not be noticed on the outside or inside, but they will be noted on the dealer forecourt thanks to an increased range and reduced prices. The five-door liftback version of the Audi A5 coupe arrived two years after that donor car, in 2009, but was quickly facelifted a year later and hasn’t really changed with this update. Although the Audi A5 Sportback still costs a style-led premium over the A4 sedan with which it shares similar dimensions, the lineup has now been tweaked. The Audi A5 Sportback with 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder and quattro all-wheel drive falls by a substanstial $5200, to $75,900, and it gets an extra 10kW of power as well. That second-tier A5 Sportback must now compete with a new specification, however, in the form of a diesel all-wheel-drive model of the same engine capacity and that wears an identical pricetag.From there, key differences can be found. The quattro car sends 60 per cent of drive to the rear wheels, is also a substantial 85kg heavier, weighing 1700kg. It also utilises a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox instead of the front-driver’s automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT). That possibly explains why the 2.0 TDI quattro can claim a 7.9 second 0-100km/h, identical to the 2.0 TDI front-drive, although official consumption of 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres is 0.5L adrift of the lighter model.The most popular model, the Audi A8 3.0-litre TDI.has seen a power increase to 190kW (+10kW) with 580Nm (+30Nm) of torque. A freeway on-ramp provides us with the first opportunity to stretch the V10’s legs. Snap the left paddle shifter back two gears to third, bury the accelerator pedal and the speed piles on relentlessly up to an indicated 140km/h in a very short burst. The 0-200km/h sprint, dispatched in 9.9 seconds, is lightening fast and the top end of that we won’t experience until we hit the track. The popping and crackling on downshifts, followed by a vicious snarl that becomes a bellow as the revs rise, cements the idea that the exhaust will never be in the ‘quiet’ setting while I’m behind the wheel.