The base petrol model is up by $1000 but the diesel is $2300 cheaper. The next model up in the petrol range is up by about $6000 but the price of the S5 has been slashed by more than $17,000 despite gaining extra equipment.
Audi’s “digital cockpit” replaces the analog speedo and tacho dials, Apple Car Play and Android auto are standard, as is auto emergency braking. Options include “traffic jam assistant” which can stop, steer and accelerate automatically at city speeds.
Power has increased on all the petrol engines by up to 9 per cent, while fuel consumption is down by as much as 15 per cent. The cheapest model comes with a sportier dual-clutch auto that replaces the CVT. The turbo V6 in the S5 has 15kW/60Nm more than its supercharged predecessor.
Front and rear suspensions have been tweaked to deliver a better balance between cornering control and comfort. A new power steering set-up is designed to provide better feel.
Subtle changes include sharper lines and different front-end treatment. Inside, there’s more knee, shoulder and headroom. There are more digital readouts in the revised dash design.