Having not driven a TDI in a long time, I was initially expecting significant differences in how the A5 would drive. I remember the TDI fondly, but as still distinctly diesel.
Our journey started on the highway out of the city. The engine didn’t seem all that remarkable initially. That was until I realized that in itself was remarkable. The engine was quiet. It sounded like Audi’s gasoline engines, albeit with a slightly lower pitch thanks to the TDI’s 4600 RPM redline.
The power was spectacular, thanks to the mounds of torque the 3.0 TDI provides. Passing on the highway was trivial with no noticable turbo lag. However, we did notice some turbo lag from a dead stop but only when a bit heavy with the foot. Our casual driving around town felt very smooth.