The Audi A5 is a stylish premium coupe that feels very well made and comes with a good selection of engines. Some alternatives look more exciting inside, though.
The Audi A5 is a stylish two-door coupe that looks great and feels very well built. You’ll find it’s slightly roomier than the likes of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe inside, but you’ll have to pay extra if you want all its high-tech bells and whistles.
You might prefer the Audi A5 to the Audi A4 for the same reasons you’d rather have a designer briefcase than an arguably more practical rucksack. It’s not quite as easy to live with, but it has an air of class that a humdrum saloon can’t quite muster. Unfortunately, while the Audi A5’s slinky bodywork comes with a few more aggressive creases than the comparatively boxy A4, its interior looks almost exactly the same.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. The Audi A5’s cabin comes with plenty of soft-touch plastics and brushed-metal surfaces so it feels lovely and posh. It doesn’t quite have the wow factor of the C-Class’ interior, but it’s still a lovely place to sit.
It feels especially special if you fork out for the upgraded infotainment system with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system. This replaces old-fashioned analogue dials with a super-sharp screen that looks great and is easily customisable.
The Audi’s central screen takes a little longer to get to grips with than the one in a BMW 4 Series, but the rest of the A5’s cabin is sensibly laid out and easy to use.
The Audi A5 takes the A4’s smooth engines and solid-feeling cabin and wraps them up in a stylish coupe package. It’s not the sportiest of its kind, but it is one of the nicest inside.
You’ll have no trouble getting comfy either because the A5’s seats are nice and supportive and come with plenty of adjustment. Things aren’t quite so good in the back, though. For a start, your passengers have to squeeze through a gap behind the front seats and they’ll struggle for space if they’re anything close to six-feet tall. There’s enough room for a couple of kids to stretch out, though.
Things are equally tight if you need to pack loads of large luggage in the boot – but that’s to be expected in a stylish coupe. You’ll find more space in the BMW and Mercedes, but at least the Audi has room for an all-important set of golf clubs.
If you’ll be mostly cruising to and from the golf course, the Audi A5’s 2.0-litre diesel makes a smooth and economical choice. There’s also a more powerful 3.0-litre petrol V6 that’s thirstier but much more fun to drive, although it won’t put nearly as big a smile on your face as the BMW 4 Series on a twisty country road.
If it’s safety rather than sportiness you’re more interested in, the Audi A5’s got you covered. It comes with automatic emergency braking and cruise control as standard, and you can fork out for some more advanced driver assistance systems that’ll even steer for you in heavy traffic.
All these features add a fair chunk to the price, but the Audi A5 is still a stylish premium coupe that’s well worth considering. Check out our Audi A5 deals to see how much you can save on one.