2009 Audi A5 SE 3.0 TDI quattro turbo diesel


Great fuel economy, comfort and performance, but flawed at a manufacturer/dealership level


The water pump broke after 11 months ownership, requiring roadside recovery.

General Comments:

Incredibly smooth drive for a diesel engine.

Fuel economy is excellent - will go above 50mpg on a motorway cruise - for a 3 litre engine, this seems amazing.

Performance is sound - it does not feel quick, but the acceleration is good, and the car will easily take you effortlessly to high speed.

Very comfortable. Cabin quality is high - seats, entertainment system etc. Fog lights buttons and indicators for me are obscured by the steering wheel.

This really is a two seater; the rear seats have very little leg room. The seats are seemingly comfortable.

Purchase experience was appalling. Delivery originally indicated as being October 2009. Finally delivery was 24 December 2009, with the dealer not knowing until a few days before that the car was coming.

Single breakdown experience was not welcome. Incredible delay for Audi to obtain the replacement part, again with the dealer seemingly in the dark as to what was happening.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th January, 2011