Audi A5 review
The Audi A5 is a classy-looking coupe with a well-made cabin and decent infotainment. That cabin is also a bit sensible, mind, and a BMW 4 Series is more fun to drive.
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If you want a coupe that looks chic, classy and feels like a real cut above, the Audi A5 is a good place to start. 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.
Coupes are cars for people who reshuffle their priorities to have style and performance above space and economy. The sort who enjoy being looked at, or looking at themselves reflected in windows: ‘Yup, still got it’. Unfortunately, while the Audi A5’s slinky bodywork comes with a few more aggressive creases than the comparatively boxy A4, its sensible interior looks almost exactly the same.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to quality, 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 so, given Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system is standard. 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.
Audi makes some very high-quality interiors, but if you want some pizzazz, then go for a C-Class Coupe instead.
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 schlepping up and down the motorway the Audi A5’s 40 TDI 2.0-litre diesel makes a smooth and economical choice. That said, 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.
See how the A5 stacks up against the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé