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2017 Audi A5 & S5 now on sale in Australia from $69,900

March 24, 2017

The 2017 Audi A5 and S5 have arrived in Australia, bringing a suave new design language, more advanced standard features and some powerful new engine options to the range.

Four main variants are on offer, spanning from the 2.0 TFSI, the 2.0 TDI quattro, to the 2.0 TFSI quattro, and up to the performance-oriented S5 with its 3.0 TFSI quattro. All come with an S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, with all but the base model featuring all-wheel drive.

Outputs kick off at 140kW and 320Nm, capable of covering the 0-100km/h sprint in 7.3 seconds while offering an official average consumption of 5.5L/100km. Stepping up to the 2.0 TFSI gives you 185kW and 370Nm, seeing 0-100km/h cut to 5.8 seconds and consumption raised to 6.5L/100km.

Going for the TDI diesel gets you 140kW and 400Nm to play with, translating to a 0-100km/h time of 7.2 seconds. Fuel consumption, as you would expect, is just 4.6L/100km on the combined cycle.

As for the new S5, it comes with a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 producing 260kW of power and 500Nm of torque. This is strong enough to see 0-100km/h off in just 4.7 seconds. This makes it quicker than last year’s supercharged model (4.9 seconds) and a lot quicker than the old 4.2 V8 model (5.4 seconds). Meanwhile fuel consumption is rated at a respectable 7.5L/100km.

Helping to achieve improved performance and economy, the new A5 receives extensive construction revisions which helps to cut up to 40kg from its weight. About 15kg of this is attributed to the new, lighter weight body.

All variants come with safety technologies including autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot assist, a parking system, and a rear-view camera with cross-traffic alert as standard. These help it maintain a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

In other areas, the interior gets Audi’s latest Virtual Cockpit fully digital instrument cluster, MMI Navigation plus with 10GB on-board storage, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, and a 180W sound system. Of course, luxury features such as a leather interior and power front seats are included as well.

The new model is on sale now from the following starting prices (excluding on-road costs):

2017 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI – $69,900
2017 Audi A5 2.0 TDI quattro – $73,900
2017 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI quattro – $81,500
2017 Audi S5 3.0 TFSI quattro – $105,800

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.