Audi has updated its entry-level A5 model, adding more power while reducing fuel-consumption and emissions. The base A5 in Europe will now be available with a 178hp (132kW) 2.0L TFSI engine instead of the former 1.8L TFSI, and its average carbon-dioxide emissions have been reduced by as much as 9%.

Derived from the 208hp (155kW) version of the turbo charged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder FSI engine already in the A5 range, the new engine benefits from Audi’s latest valvelift technology and holds a 10hp (7kW) power advantage over the old 1.8L TFSI. Torque also increases by 52lb-ft (70Nm) to 236lb-ft (320Nm), which is available from 1,500rpm to 3,900rpm, ensuring that the A5 2.0L TFSI can out-accelerate its predecessor to 62mph by 0.6 seconds, taking 7.8 seconds to complete the sprint, and on to a top speed of 148mph. Fuel economy has also been improved by 7.5% over the 1.8L model and CO2 is down by 9%, registering at 154g/km.

Standard specification for the new A5 2.0 TFSI 17in seven-spoke alloy wheels, 3-zone electronic climate control, a 10-speaker stereo, full leather trim and rear parking sensors.

The A4 range has also come in for an update. New for European models is the introduction of a new 167hp (125kW) 2.0L TDI engine with 258lb-ft (350Nm) of torque available between 1,750 and 2,500rpm.