Key to the A5’s allure is its dashboard design and beautiful interior. Although not as garish as the Mercedes C-Class Coupe, the A5 has a restrained elegance that hasn’t dated at all since its introduction. All the materials used are top notch too, and you won’t disgrace a car at the higher end of the market. It’s comfortable, too, although those in the front have a much better deal than the back seat occupants.
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Access to the rear seats is undeniably narrow, and few adults will thank you for the long ride in the back. Getting young children in and out won’t be easy, but the A5 and its competitors are often bought by people who have a series of practical cars and want something more sporty. If you want to avoid the formal look of a saloon but need an original five-seater, you might want to take a look at the Audi A5 Sportback. There’s no shortage of standard equipment on either version, however, and the big boot makes the A5 Coupe a comfortable car for two to spend a long weekend in.
The A5 Coupe shares its range of petrol and diesel engines with the A4, but Audi has recently scaled back the number of options. There is now only one 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine available with 148 hp, 201 hp and 261 hp, bearing the 35 TFSI, 40 TFSI and 45 TFSI badges respectively. Diesel buyers are served with 2.0-liter turbocharged engines with a choice of the 161bhp 35 TDI or the more powerful 201bhp 40 TDI.
There are two petrol sports models at the top of the range – the S5 with a 342-horsepower, 3.0-liter mild-hybrid diesel V6 and the extremely fast RS5, which has a 2.9-liter V6 and no less than 444 horses. However, for most drivers, powerful 2.0-liter engines will be more than sufficient speed.
It’s not a speed where the A5 drops a bit. Some driving enthusiasts will be disappointed when they veer off the motorway and onto a windier road, because Audi can’t provide the driving share that many crave. Steering is subtle and there’s no shortage of grip, but the steering is psychedelic and the chassis feels set for predictability and stability rather than fun. While that’s good news for a comfortable ride, it also makes it less rewarding on a challenging road than a BMW 4 Series Coupe or a four-door Alfa Romeo Giulia. And unless you opt for the smallest of 18-inch wheels, Audi won’t be able to match the ride quality of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe when touring either.
However, not everyone will mind these shortcomings, and the A5 still offers plenty to recommend it. It’s a superbly well-built car that shares a five-star Euro NCAP rating as well as much of its chassis with the A4, so it should be very safe. It also has plenty of standard collision-avoidance equipment, including emergency self-braking.
Then there is the financial side of things. The Audi name has long been associated with excellent resale values, so you’re unlikely to receive a bad shock when it’s time to trade in. However, there is no arguing that the A5 is too expensive to buy, with even the cheapest version now starting at around £40,000. The A5 may not be the most exciting coupe in the world, but it is one of the easiest cars to live with.