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Delayed accelerator response

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I had a 2009 2.7 Diesel A5 for 10 years. It was buttery smooth, loved it. In Jan 2020 I sold it and bought a 6 month old A5 Petrol 40 (1996cc). I bought it because I really enjoyed driving the A5 and I like to go on tours. However, this car is NOT a joy to drive. In important situations like entering a roundabout or at busy junctions, there's a 2 to 5 second delay in the accelerator response, and then it takes off like a rocket. I consider it verging on dangerous.

It's also jerky on normal to hard acceleration from slow speed. It's like a learner driver missing the clutch.

I'm about to put it in the hands of my local Audi dealership who will charge me £120/hr to diagnose the issue. Has anyone else come across this and what are the likely causes? Would it be something covered by warranty? Just trying to get a heads up before I take the plunge with the dealership.


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If you have the S-tronic gear box which I also have it’s exactly the way you described it. Word for word to be honest.

You have to re-learn driving with this kind of gearbox Craig.

The biggest weakness to this gearbox and many variants like it is the jerkiness on the 1-2nd gears and also the delay when entering roundabouts. It’s only 1-2 seconds but it feels like forever until the power is delivered once you press the accelerator.

I usually go into roundabouts a lot slower than I used to just because I know(unless I use the paddles) that the power delivery can be a little hit and miss.

Lots of threads and posts on this forum about the S-tronic gear box.

I’ve just accepted it for what it is.

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It does though get better with time.

the car does learn your driving style as it logs it all in, and the drive in general over long term is better.

but the jerkiness and round about thing doesn’t change. In S mode it is slightly better.

Ive come and gone from Audi but really wanted the tech side of things… but to be honest my next car more probably won’t be Audi again.

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