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Our Fleet: A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI S Line - November 2012

Audi
BIK List Price
£32,090
Audi A5 Sportback BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Audi A5 Sportback BIK Percent
CO2
120g/km
Audi A5 Sportback CO2
Combined MPG
60.1
Audi A5 Sportback MPG

Review

I was the happy recipient of a mobile phone upgrade last month, which was good news in a way, but caused a little problem in the Audi A5 Sportback.

Unlike many cars that come with a standard USB socket into which you connect your MP3 player or similar device, the Audi comes with a socket in the glove compartment with a connector lead supplied for your own music player.

The one it came to us with is compatible with an Apple iPod or iPhone 3 or iPhone 4. However, Apple has decided that the iPhone 5 should have a different type of connector. A smaller one, rendering any car that has a connector provided for the earlier generation phone, or at least the cable, obsolete.

Audi isn’t to blame for my vanity in wanting to upgrade my phone, but it does seem a little strange that the integrated USB favoured by other manufacturers should be ignored, and Audi is one of a few manufacturers to provide MP3 player cables rather than a standard USB socket.

I’m sure if this were to be my company car for the next few years there would be no problem in a dealer sourcing a correct cable, and given the current mileage on the car it’s probably only a few weeks away from a visit to a dealer for its first service.

But at present the only way I can listen to my preferred music is through the Bluetooth system.

And as I hadn’t bothered to pair my phone to the car previously, it wasn’t necessarily a straightforward process as the car and my phone had a frosty introduction with neither prepared to acknowledge the presence of the other for several hours.

Fleet operators whose policy it is to ban all mobile phone calls while driving might be well served to think twice before deciding it isn’t worth selecting integrated Bluetooth on cars where it’s available as an option.

Author: Simon Harris

Top Speed
N/A
Audi A5 Sportback Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Audi A5 Sportback Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Audi A5 Sportback Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £10,825
4 Year 80k : £8,075
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 50.71
4 Year 80k : 46.32

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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