Audi A5 2.0 TDI

Audi has just launched the Audi A5 coupé in 2.0 TDI form, delivering 53.3 mpg.

Available to order now in front-wheel-drive and quattro four-wheel-drive forms, priced from £28,485, they will reach their first UK customers in March 2009.

The A5 adopts the most powerful, 170PS version of the new generation 2.0-litre TDI unit first seen in the A4 Saloon and Avant. With the standard six-speed manual transmission the 0-62mph time is 8.3 seconds in the front-wheel-drive version. Fuel economy, at 53.3mpg on the combined cycle, is 20 per cent better than the A5 2.7 TDI (44.1mpg), and CO2 output that at 140g/km is 9 per cent down on the A5 2.0 TFSI (154g/km).

The repositioned front axle with shorter overhangs and much improved axle load distribution improves handling balance and agility, and the quattro version is the latest generation system with 40/60 front-to-rear power distribution.

The addition of the latest generation 2.0 TDI engine brings the total number of units powering the A5 to six. The range includes 2.7-litre and 3.0-litre V6 diesels with outputs of 190PS and 240PS, two 2.0-litre TFSI petrol units with 180PS and 211PS and a 3.2-litre V6 FSI petrol with 265PS.