Audi’s executive coupe exudes class, though isn’t the most fun to drive
Since its first introduction in 2007, the Audi A5 has become a popular choice for buyers looking for a big executive sports coupe. Available in coupe, cabriolet, or 4-door sportback models, the A5 exhibits sleek styling, exceptional interior quality, and a refined ride. For such a sporty looking car, the A5 does however fail to offer a driving experience that can genuinely compete with the BMW 4 Series.
Since it’s most recent update in 2013, the A5 has improved stylings, a new interior, and a greener, more efficient engine range.
Exceptionally constructed, beautifully designed
As we’ve come to expect from Audi, the interior of the A5 is sumptuous. High quality materials are used throughout, and whilst rear passenger space isn’t the best, there’s plenty of standard equipment.
The dashboard of the A5 is a wonderful amalgamation of soft-touch materials and easy to use controls. There’s also expensive looking chrome finishes throughout the cabin, that add to the prestige feel. It’s even more luxurious than the BMW 4 Series, which is already extremely impressive. If luxury is your main want from your luxury coupe, there’s none that can match the A5.
The Audi A5’s boot is, for a sports coupe, quite impressive. With 455 litres of load space, it’s bigger than both the Mercedes E-Class coupe, and the BMW 4 Series. There’s enough room back there for a full set of golf clubs, or a couple of medium sized suitcases. For a car in this class, that’s hugely impressive. Space in the rear seats of the A5 is unfortunately, not on the same level. People over six-foot are especially going to struggle on long journeys.
Equipment levels on the A5 are as you’d expect from an executive coupe, quite substantial. Even the entry-level SE trim comes with heated leather seats, dual-zone air-con, cruise control, and an impressive infotainment system that incorporates a DAB radio, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, all fed through a 6.5” colour screen. The Technology Pack adds satnav, and USB connectivity for those that need it.
All in all the interior of the A5 is a great place to be. The quality and design on show are exceptional, there’s a surprising amount of boot space, and high levels of standard kit. So whilst rear-passenger space isn’t the most impressive, it’s still an exceptional package.
On The Road
Good ride refinement, though it’s disappointingly dull
Compared to its main rivals, the BMW 4 Series, and the Mercedes E-Class coupe, the Audi A5 is quite a dull car to drive. For a sports coupe, steering is annoyingly heavy, which makes winding through B-roads not the most rewarding of experiences, leaving you recovering from running wide through the corners. It’s a little disappointing, as this was a common complaint about the first generation, and nothing has been done to improve drive quality in the current model. It’s a little bit disappointing from Audi.
Ride refinement however is an area that the A5 won’t let you down. The A5 is clearly a car that’s more in tune with eating up motorway miles. The suspension system is adept at coping with potholes and loose surfaces with ease. Bigger wheels on more expensive models undermine this a little bit, but it’s still incredibly comfortable.
Gearbox options on the A5 come in two guises, both of which are automatics. The most common transmission in the range is the 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic, which is slick as it shifts through the gears, though it can be a bit jumpy around town. More expensive models come with an 8-speed Multitronic automatic, that is in one word, exceptional.
Improved engines are powerful and efficient
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your A5, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. All models in the range have enough kick to put a smile on your face, with super-efficient engines, and super-quick performance models both featuring.
For the petrolheads out there, the stand-out option in the A5 lineup is the petrol-powered S5 Quattro S Tronic. This 3.0 TFSI block produces a whopping 333bhp, and 325lb/ft of torque, that’ll fire you from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds. For such a heavy car this feels mightily quick, and will have you grinning from ear-to-ear.
For the environmentally-conscious buyer, the best model to go for in the range is the diesel-powered 2.0 TDI Ultra 163. This engine produces just 109g/km of C02, meaning that it sits in the lowest emissions tax band. This is a great option for business users, especially when you tie it in with it’s impressive 67.3mpg fuel efficiency level. For the money-conscious, or the eco-friendly, this is engine is the best option to go for.
Whatever powerplant you decide to go for to power you Audi A5, you’ll be getting an impressive engine constructed and designed by Audi’s progressive engineers. Both diesel, and petrol powered options have enough bite, and for cars of their power, they’re reasonably green and efficient.
Not tested by NCAP, but good standard safety equipment
Unfortunately, the Audi A5 hasn’t yet been put through it’s paces by the boffins at NCAP. Audi as a brand does however have an impeccable safety record, with all cars in their range scoring the maximum 5-star NCAP safety rating. As the A5 is a close cousin of the A4 saloon, it’s likely that it would score around that mark. There’s also enough kit to put your mind at ease, with 6 airbags, ABS, and stability control all featuring as standard.
Value for money
Impressively cheap to run, so long as you avoid the cost of new car depreciation
For a sports-orientated executive coupe, the Audi A5 is surprisingly cheap to run. This obviously varies from model to model, but C02 levels throughout the range remain low, thanks to modern technology, and fuel efficiency is particularly impressive. The high-powered S5 is understandably more thirsty, and dirtier, but this is to be expected from a performance car.
Insurance wise, the A5 is roughly the same as its key competitors. It’s not particularly cheap, but it again varies from model to model. The cheapest model in the range is the 1.8T FSI (160bhp), which sits in group 25, with the most expensive being the super-fast S5, which finds itself in the highest possible group 40. Clearly the A5 isn’t the cheapest to insure, but it’s no more expensive than a 4-series, or an E-Class coupe.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Audi A5, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Audi A5 is a well-packaged executive coupe that will appeal to the comfort-orientated buyer. For a lot of people, it may lack that certain edge whilst thrashing through country roads, but it has an exceptional interior, impressive engines, and good levels of standard kit. It’s not quite the complete package, but it’s certainly a contender.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.