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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.

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