It’s been a long time since we’ve driven the Audi A5 but it still remains one of the very best looking cars in its segment. Last year Audi gave the A5 a mid-cycle facelift and its looks have changed mostly for the better. There are still some aspects of the pre-facelift A5 design that we like better but the new car is still a stunner. However, upon first release, the newly facelifted A5 was only available in Europe. Until now, that is, as the new A5 is finally crossing the Atlantic.
The facelifted Audi A5 is essentially exactly the same as the A4 sedan, with similar headlights and grille design. It also gets the same interior changes, including the new Touch Response MMI screen. Additionally, it gets the brand’s new Virtual Cockpit, seen on cars like the Audi A8 and A7.
It also gets a hardware upgrade to the infotainment system, called MIB 3. It’s said to be 10-times more than the old processing unit and Audi sort of discretely released it, without much hubbub. The MIB 3 isn’t available in every Audi at the moment but it will begin to roll out into more models as they receive their updates.
Power and performance is unchanged from the pre-facelift car. So it still gets a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. For Audi S5, it still has the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 with 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The same goes for both Coupe and Cabriolet models.
While we don’t know if we love the facelifted looks of the Audi A5, as the pre-facelift car was so great looking already, it’s still one of the better looking coupes on sale in its segment. We’re excited to dive the new A5/S5 (especially the latter) to see if we like the new design changes.