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What is it?
Audi’s suave and sophisticated A5 coupe, also available as a fabric-roofed convertible, has been around since 2007 yet still looks and feels fresh. A rival to the BMW 4 Series models, the classy three-door also has a larger five-door sibling in the form of the A5 Sportback [see separate review].
What is the Audi A5 like to drive?
Though much more than just a looker, Audi’s coupe still puts safe and sensible handling at the forefront thanks to the choice of either front or four-wheel drive, depending on engine. Avoid the biggest wheels and ride quality is decent, and the larger diesels are absolute peaches.
What engines are available?
The core A5 coupe range is made up of 177hp 1.8 and 225hp 2.0 petrol models, and 163hp and 190hp outputs of the 2.0 diesel, along with the 245hp 3.0-litre diesel. The entry level petrol and diesel units are not available with Quattro four-wheel drive while the top diesel conversely only comes with this driven wheel option. Audi gives a choice of six-speed manual or, depending on engine, either Multitronic CVT or seven-speed S-tronic auto transmissions. As well as the regular range, there’s the S5 and RS5 sporting models, which get 333hp 3.0-litre and 450hp 4.2-litre engines respectively. The convertible line-up differs subtly from the coupe, with a 150hp diesel instead of the 163hp model in the coupe.
What are the key standard features of the Audi A5?
The A5 range starts with SE trim, which offers standard equipment including 17in alloys, front and rear parking sensors, 6.5in colour display screen, Bluetooth, DAB radio, auto lights and wipers, three-zone climate control, heated front seats, auto bootlid and leather interior.
What are the key options?
All models have alloy wheel upgrade options, while Audi’s five-mode Drive Select system is optional on all cars, along with damper control and the Connect system for online functionality. Panoramic sunroof, digital TV reception, keyless entry and start and, for cars below Black Edition, the Bang & Olufsen audio upgrade, are also available.
How spacious is the Audi A5?
Coupes are never at their most appealing in the rear, but the A5 can house an adult in relative comfort for shorter journeys and there’s plenty of room for kids. The coupe offers a decent 445 litres of boots space, matching BMW’s 4 Series Coupe, while the drop-top’s 320 litres isn’t impacted by opening the roof, as it folds above the luggage area.
What will it cost to run?
The Ultra model introduced last year is the best bet for cost-conscious corporate drivers, as it offers an A5 coupe at just 109g/km thanks to the 163hp diesel engine added to the range. The Ultra also gets low rolling resistance tyres, brake energy recuperation and other efficiency developments to bring the model’s official combined economy figure to 67.3mpg.
What safety features does it have?
All cars get six airbags, tyre pressure monitoring and a front Isofix mounting point to go with the two rear ones, as well as Audi’s drowsiness detection system that monitors changes to steering, pedal use and gear change inputs to spot a tiring driver. Optional extras include high beam assist and the Assistance Package that brings adaptive cruise control, active lane assist and braking guard that intervenes in the event of an impending accident at 19mph or below.
*Based on 6 advanced payments followed by 35 months and 30,000 miles. Excludes maintenance and additional options. Subject to terms, conditions and status. Images are for illustrative purposes only.