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05 October 2017

Launched: 2017 Audi A5

Audi carves out another niche. Backs up new S5 with A5 Sportback and Cabriolet versions

Girish Karkera
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A couple of years ago, Audi introduced the S5 in India, which was a reasonable success. The car, a blend of performance and flashy design have given the team from Ingolstadt the confidence to get a more extended range to India - A5 Sportback, A5 Cabriolet and S5.

Launched amidst much fanfare in Mumbai today, the A5 is aimed at someone looking for the practicality of an A4 in a slightly more stylish package. While based on the A4's platform, this one has a coupe-esque roof giving the car a very sporty look. This isn't a sedan, but instead has an extended hatch.

The range starts at ₹54 lakh for the standard A5 with a 2.0-litre diesel engine. This workhorse makes a healthy 188bhp and a healthier 400Nm of torque. It can take the car from 0-100kph in 7.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 235kph. The engine is mated to a 7-speed DSG 'box. No four-wheel drive for the Sportback.

However, the cabriolet gets Quattro. Which makes it a tenth of a second quicker in the dash to 100kph. The foldable canvas roof takes 15 seconds to open and 18 seconds to close. It's priced at ₹67.51 lakh.

However, if sheer performance is your poison, then the flagship S5 can do the trick. It isn't as hairy or as raw as an AMG but promises a quick drive. The car gets a 3.0-litre V6 with 350bhp and 500Nm, plus Quattro which can take the nimble car from 0-100kph in just 4.7s. This is accompanied by a nice exhaust note. In fact, this resonates quite audibly inside the car. The S5 gets a price tag of ₹70.60 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India).

The A5 is arguably one of the smartest looking in the Audi stable now. More commendable are the interiors with the virtual instrument cluster and multimedia screen. The cabin is elegantly designed and gives a sense of luxury and uniqueness to the A5.

Tags: audi, a5, s5, sportback, a5 cabriolet

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