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- Great interior
- Build quality is superb
- Good choice of engines
- Not as sporty as it looks
- Bit short on space in the back
- Some ride quality complaints
Audi is on a roll with interiors, and the A5 is no exception. Everything feels and looks high quality. Space in the back is less than you’d get in an A4 though, and some testers had concerns about the driving position and the location of some switches.
While Audi does top work on its interiors, testers are rarely as keen on the way they drive. The A5 suffers similar problems.
While it handles tidily, it’s a long way off the agility of a BMW 3-Series and testers say it has a tendency of crashing through potholes. Quattro models have the advantage of extra traction in poor weather conditions.
Typically, a vast range of engines is available. A 2.0-litre TDI (diesel) and 1.8 and 2.0-litre TFSI (petrols) kick off the range, and both have more than enough urge to punt you down the road. Offering even more are the 3.0-litre diesels, which are refined and suit the character of the car perfectly, but still get 57mpg in some models.
Want to go ballistic? The Audi S5 is the one you’ll want, with its 333bhp. Recent improvements have liberated even greater economy for every engine in the rage, and car tax is very low for some models, particularly the 2.0 TDIs.
Value for money
A5s are priced competitively with rivals but it’s largely about deciding how much you’ll pay for the badge. Quattros can seem expensive. The TFSI petrols are relatively cheap next to the diesels, but you’ll get more miles from a gallon with the latter. Thanks to excellent economy, the 2.0 TDIs in particular will be inexpensive to run - tax is only £30 a year.
Some testers question whether the Quattro system is really worth the extra £1,500 or so you’ll pay over the regular models, reasoning that all A5s are fairly sure-footed. If you want a bit of extra security on the roads over Winter, it could be worth the outlay.
The Audi A5 comes recommended by the press. You might not find it to be the most fun of all the prestige coupes on the market, but there’s a lot to be said for the sleek styling and an interior of incredibly high quality. For some, the draw of the four rings on the grille will be all they need to make the decision.
- Price range:
- £25,875 - £44,470
- 23 - 64
- Date released:
- Replacement due:
- Likely not for a couple of years
- Model history:
- In September 2011 the facelifted A5 will go on sale. We’ve written a short article on how the Audi A5 facelift is different to the previous/current version.
- Engine to go for:
- The 3.0 TDI Quattro gets the best reviews
- Other variants:
- There’s the 4 door A5 Sportback, A5 Cabriolet. If you want to go considerably faster, look at the excellent RS5.
- Engine naming:
- FSI and TFSI engines are petrols, TDI are diesels
|3.0 TDI Quattro||9||7.8|
|S5 (2012 - )||2||8.0|
Audi A5 User Reviews
Having traded up from a 3 Series the A5 is in another league. The power and comfort is just so much better. The ride is perfect. Firm enough to feel sporty yet comfortable enough for long journeys and for sitting in traffic.
The acceleration is brilliant, but the handling is the real highlight. It is sublime. It sticks to the road perfectly and you feel like you could take the sharpest corners at crazy speeds.
What’s more it is practical. The kids fit in the back no problem and the boot is large. The interior is perfect too. Very good quality and nice leather plus everything is easy to use. The sat-nav is great, never led me the wrong way.
It makes you feel good when you’re in it too. Lots of people look at it and I always find myself looking back at it after a good drive!
It’s impossible to fault the A5. Get one!
- By Jeff Niles, who owns this car
Promotional video showing the A5
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American car site, Inside Line, compare the S5 with the BMW M3 Coupe. Great test, watch it!
Great video explaining the different trim levels available on the A5 Coupe.
Evo Magazine test drive the new 2012 Audi S5 Coupe.