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In an effort to stimulate sales of its A5 midsize sports cars, Audi has announced a slate of changes including a reduced price on a popular petrol variant and a raft of new equipment for the A5.
The changes for the 2020 model year all relate to the A5 45 TFSI – the higher of two petrol four-cylinder grades that make up the A5 range. The 45 TFSI unit is a two-litre producing 185kW/340Nm, channelled through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
The Audi A5 continues to be offered in three body styles: a traditional two-door coupe, a drop-top convertible and a more practical five-door Sportback. Two higher-performance variants sporting six-cylinder petrol engines are available higher in the Audi range – the three-litre S5 (from $114,802 driveaway) and the 2.9-litre twin-turbo RS5 ($171,140 driveaway, reviewed here).
This week’s changes see the 45 TFSI engine discounted by $2,800 across the board. The coupe and Sportback body styles will now set you back $78,900, while the convertible has seen its price similarly cut to $92,400. Driveaway pricing is yet to be confirmed.
Alongside the price cut, specification for the 45 TFSI is now more generous, with Audi claiming to have added an additional $9,000 in equipment value. The 45 TFSI now arrives dressed in sportier S Line styling by default, wearing 19-inch wheels. Inside, the driver’s seat (and external mirrors) gain memory functionality. The front pews are now heated and rear passengers pick up USB ports, and there’s a wireless smartphone charging bay.
Additional safety tech has also been added to the 45 TFSI in the form of adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, lane keeping assist with steering intervention, and a 360-degree parking camera. You also now score automatic high beam and an automated parking system.
Entry to the Audi A5 range continues to be the 40 TFSI base grade, which retains its current pricing of $70,100 for the coupe and Sportback ($77,443 driveaway), and $83,600 in the convertible ($92,747 driveaway). The 40 TFSI is front-wheel-drive, sporting a more conservative tune of the two-litre turbo engine, producing 140kW/320Nm.
The base car continues to sport Audi’s MMI infotainment system, with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus the brand’s Virtual Cockpit digital driver display. All cars also receive LED headlights, full keyless entry and start, DAB digital radio, and a 180-watt stereo.
The 2020 Audi A5 45 TFSI Quattro is available in Australia now.
2020 Audi A5, S5 and RS5 Australian pricing
A5 40 TFSI coupe: $70,100 ($77,443 driveaway)
A5 40 TFSI Sportback: $70,100 ($77,443 driveaway)
A5 40 TFSI convertible: $83,600 ($92,747 driveaway)
A5 45 TFSI Quattro coupe: $78,900 (driveaway pricing TBA)
A5 45 TFSI Quattro Sportback: $78,900 (driveaway pricing TBA)
A5 45 TFSI Quattro convertible: $92,400 (driveaway pricing TBA)
S5 Quattro coupe: $104,042 ($114,802 driveaway)
S5 Quattro Sportback: $104,042 ($114,802 driveaway)
S5 Quattro convertible: $117,582 ($129,017 driveaway)
RS5 Quattro coupe: $157,700 ($171,140 driveaway)
RS5 Quattro Sportback: $157,700 ($171,140 driveaway)
Audi has revealed a lifted version of the yet-to-arrive second generation A1 named the Citycarver. Much like Audi Allroad models, the Citycarver will sit on mildly raised suspension, and offer a ‘robust off-road look’ – though it will not be offered with Quattro all wheel drive.
Although the Citycarver is not yet confirmed for Australia, if it does arrive it will sit in a niche that is so far occupied by less premium, larger hatches such as the Ford Focus Active and Subaru XV (reviewed here). On the premium landscape the Citycarver would slot in below premium small SUVs such as Audi’s own Q2 (reviewed here) and the Mini Countryman (reviewed here).
The Citycarver will be available in Europe in the fourth quarter of 2019 in three equipment levels, the base Advanced, Design Selection, and top model S-line. Audi is offering a myriad of customisation with the Citycarver range, with nine exterior colours, four choices of interior highlights (including mint and copper), the option of three contrasting roof panel colours, and three exterior highlight colours to choose from.
The interior is shared with the new A1 small car which means a digital instrument cluster, and 10.1 inch touchscreen is included as standard, with Audi’s excellent MMI system optional. With more standard safety kit than the regular A1 including adaptive cruise control and park assist on all models, with lane departure warning and forward collision warning standard across all A1 variants.
The A1 Citycarver is striking in its orange hero colour, muscular without looking overly tall like jacked up small cars have in the past. Audi has claimed of design cues coming across from Audi’s Q range in the form of the large octagonal honeycomb grill and LED headlights.
Like the A1 upon which it’s based, the Citycarver will be offered initially with either the 85kW/100Nm 30 TFSI triple, or more powerful 110kW/250Nm 35 TFSI four cylinder, with a 147kW 2.0 litre engine slated to arrive later on, which should make for an entertaining pocket rocket that is still exploitable on rougher roads.
The Citycarver is set apart from the regular A1 with a 35mm lift in the suspension, and presumably the car will have a more forgiving ride than the A1 it’s based on. It will depend on which wheel and tyre combination is optioned, Audi offer 16 inch or 18 inch as an option for the Citycarver. Claiming a ‘self-confident road stance’ for the Citycarver’s suspension, Audi will offer a ‘dynamic suspension tune’ as an option.
The current popularity of SUVs and Audi’s history of Allroad models suggest there is a niche to fill with the Citycarver. It will be interesting to see if Audi bring the Citycarver downunder alongside its A1 sibling, though sources suggest it is unlikely for the time being.
Audi’s first small-size coupe-SUV will debut in Australia in the first half of 2020. The Audi Q3 Sportback takes the as-yet-unlaunched second-generation Q3 SUV, lops part of the tailgate off and adds a little extra muscularity to the rear fenders.
In contrast to the more traditional and upright 2020 Q3, the Q3 Sportback features a longer, lower and more rakish roofline. Joining the Audi Q8 (reviewed here) as the brand’s second coupe-SUV, the Q3 Sportback marks yet another iteration of the front-drive MQB chassis within Ingolstadt’s range.
With the conventional Q3 arriving before the end of 2019, the Sportback will arrive around six months later, though specifics relating to the engine and pricing of the ‘coupe’ variant are not yet known. Expect pricing to kick off around $55,000.
It is likely, however, that the Q3 Sportback will be offered with a premium engine in relation to the Q3 range and it will likely be all-wheel-drive only. In Australia, our money would be on the ‘45 TFSI’ engine – a two-litre turbo petrol producing 169kW/350Nm. Globally, a diesel will also be offered badged ‘35 TDI’, making 110kW/340Nm.
Later there is the potential of a lower-specification turbo petrol, which will uniquely pack a 48-volt mild hybrid system that will marginally cut fuel use.
Inside, the Sportback comprehensively borrows from the standard Q3’s interior, with a standard 10.1-inch central touchscreen and digital instrumentation in one of two grades. In Australia, expect to see the higher-end ‘Virtual Cockpit’ driver’s display measing 12.3-inches included as standard.
At 4.5 metres in length, the Q3 Sportback is more similar in size to medium SUVs from the next size up than a small crossover, but the additional length results in a spacious boot capacity of 530 litres. An electric tailgate will be available and will likely be stasndard in Australia.
Expect more news on the Sportback front once the standard Audi Q3 launches in second-generation form later this year.Read more Audi SQ7 facelifted: 320kW V8 diesel beast
Following news of next year’s update to the general Audi Q7 range, Ingolstadt’s biggest performance vehicle will undergo a similar nip/tuck for next year. The 2020 Audi SQ7 will arrive in Australia “in the first half of 2020”.
The heart of the SQ7 has been retained – a twin-turbocharged four litre V8 diesel producing 320kW/900Nm. Those outputs do not change over the pre-facelift version, though internal fettling means the 0-100km/h sprint does drop by 0.1sec to 4.8 seconds.
That’s pretty staggering for an SUV that weighs more than 2.5 tonnes. The claimed fuel consumption of around 7.6L/100km does increase marginally due to the additional strictness of the new European WLTP emissions testing regime.
As with the pre-facelift SQ7 TDI, this large SUV uses a 48-volt electrical system with a compressor that spins up the engine’s turbochargers almost instantly, to reduce lag.
Wide 285/45 tyres are standard, with wheels measuring at least 20 inches. The brake discs are a huge 400mm for the front axle and 370mm in the rear. Go for an even larger wheel and there is room for upgraded 420mm front brakes.
Easily the most considerable changes to the 2020 update are aesthetic. The front-end design differs quite significantly, as does the all-new interior, while the rear end styling receives more subtle revisions to the taillights and apron.
Inside, there is a shift in philosophy around the cabin technology, with a single high-mounted central screen replaced by dual lower-mounted touchscreens. High-end Bang and Olufsen audio is available.
Australian-delivered SQ7 TDIs are likely to have the S Performance Seat fitted as standard, though this is an option overseas.Read more