Our Fleet Test Drive: Audi A5 Sportback - 6th Report
02 March 2011
Author: Guy Bird
In the garage
|P11D price:|| £29,310|
|Key rival:|| BMW 3 Series|
There's so much to admire about this car, but its multitronic auto gearbox isn't one of them.
Yes, it makes driving a doddle most of the time but the financial downsides are many. With diesel now uncomfortably higher than 130p per litre almost everywhere you look, filling up is becoming a pricey business, my last one costing just shy of £75.
The manual beats the auto on several financial criteria: the SE auto is £1525 more expensive (£29,520 vs. £27,995) and unavailable with stop/start (vs. standard stop/start on manual 2.0 TDI versions), which goes some way to explaining its greater thirst (48.7mpg vs. 54.3mpg), higher CO2 (152g/km vs. 135g/km) and greater BIK (22% vs. 19%). As a CVT with a notional 'fixed' eight ratios, it's just not as smooth or as fun to drive as Audi's more intuitive double-clutch S-tronic system on six-cylinder models, and currently I'm only getting a 31.4mpg real-world average in my urban-biased manoeuvres (vs. 37.7 official urban). Unless your fleet driver absolutely has to have an A5 auto I'd recommend a manual every time.
|Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI SE Multitronic 143hp|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average |
|Model price range||£25,455-£38,725|
|CO2 (tax) ||152g/km/22%|
|BIK 20/40% |
|Service interval|| up to 19,000mls/2yrs|
|Boot space (min/max)||480/980 litres|
|Why we’re running it||To see if the A5 really |
can combine practicality
with style in everyday living
|Positive||Great looks, interior |
quality and practicality
|Negative||Auto mpg and |