The Audi A5 is a stylish executive coupe that rivals the likes of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe, BMW 4 Series and Lexus RC. This new model gets subtle new styling, plus a selection of efficient engines and a class-leading interior both shared with the new A4 saloon.
Its chassis is also shared with the A4 and is 60kg lighter than the old model – impressive considering it offers a more spacious cabin and a larger boot.
On average, fuel economy has improved by 22 per cent (thank the weight saving for that) and power rises by 17 per cent. From launch, the A5 is available with two petrol engines – a 187hp 2.0-litre unit and a sporty 349hp 3.0-litre V6 in S5 trim. Three diesels are also offered, including a torquey 282hp 3.0-litre V6, but the best-selling option and the best value is likely to be the 187hp 2.0-litre model. Of course, there’s also the RS5 which packs 443hp from a 2.9-litre V6.
Audi interiors rarely fail to top their respective classes, and the new A5 is no exception. A blend of leather upholstery, aluminium trim pieces and excellent build-quality ensures this coupe’s cabin is a luxurious place to spend time. The intuitive MMI system should prove easy to use, although BMW’s iDrive interface still leads the way in terms of usability.
If the A4 looks a bit too boring for you, the A5 makes for a perfect upgrade
The A5 might not handle as well as the BMW 4 Series, nor boast an interior as charismatic as the Mercedes C-Class Coupe, but in terms of fit and finish, Audi still leads the way. Not only is it well equipped and lavished with high-quality materials, but the A5 is more practical and slightly more spacious than its main rivals.
The competition may, for now, offer a broader selection of engines, but an efficient 2.0-litre diesel model will cater for drivers looking for a frugal motorway cruiser, while the S5 with a 3.0-litre petrol V6 could be ideal for enthusiasts after a stylish and surprisingly pokey four-seater coupe.
It might bring fewer technological leaps to the executive coupe segment than some may have hoped, and It isn’t as fun to drive as either a 4 Series or C-Class coupe, but it could certainly be considered a more complete package than any one of its main rivals.
For a more detailed look at the Audi A5, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of offers are available on the A5, go to our deals page.