Audi’s A5 ‘Brat Pack’ has been established in the country in a starting price of Rs 54.02 lakh for its sedan while the A5 Cabriolet along with the S5 are priced at Rs 67.51 lakh and Rs 70.60 lakh respectively. All prices have been ex-showroom, India. Where both the A5 sedan and the Cabriolet are powered by a diesel engine, the S5 is the real brat with a V6 petrol under that gorgeous bonnet. The entire A5 series has a very striking design that immediately grabs your attention. It is primarily targeted towards buyers of a younger age group and individuals who are looking for something different than the regular bunch of luxury sedans.
This is the most inexpensive pick of the lot and gets a front-wheel drive configuration. Powering the wheels is a 2.0-litre diesel motor which generates 190PS of power and 400Nm of torque, mated to some 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The A5 Cabriolet is powered by the exact same motor and transmission, but power this is delivered to each of the four wheels via Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with self-locking centre differential and torque vectoring. The A5 gets to 100kmph in 7.9 minutes and has a top speed of 235kmph. The cabriolet shaves off 0.1seconds in the sprint and contains exactly the identical limited top speed as the Sportback. Additionally, the soft top can fully retract in 15 minutes and also be deployed again in just 18 seconds.
The S5, on the other hand, is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 block which generates a massive 354PS of power and 500Nm of torque. Here too, the power is delivered to each of the four wheels, but via an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. This beast gets to the 100kmph mark in only 4.7 seconds and goes all of the way up to 250kmph.
Inside the cabin, you get the connected AC vents which run upon the dashboard along with the all-digital Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster. Also, where the A5 becomes open-pore black wooden inserts around the cabin, the S5 has silver aluminium panels. All the cars get three-zone automatic climate control. It has media, maps, vehicle settings and Bluetooth connection for smartphones however, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered as optional extras on the A5. Also, this is not a touchscreen unit so you will need to use the rotary control in the centre, which also gets a scribble pad.
At this price, the A5 is pricier than even the A6, leaving it to compete with the likes of this Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series along with also the Volvo S60. The A5 convertible goes up against the open-top E-Class.