Audi A5 (2016-present)

Luxury, style and sportiness: the recipe for the Audi A5 coupe

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

High-quality and straightforward interior
Variety of performance options
Sporty styling

Weaknesses 

Expensive
Not as fun to drive as rivals
Less comfortable than Mercedes C-Class coupe
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Audi A5 Coupe 45 tfsi quattro vorsprung 2dr s tronic

Total RRP £56,795

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Style over substance: that's the formula for a successful coupe, such as the Audi A5, which sacrifices practicality for good looks - and will cost you considerably more for its charm.

Underneath its curved bodywork are the same mechanical parts as the Audi A4 saloon, but the A5 coupe has two fewer doors that make getting into the back a pain, a curved roof that brushes the top of your head when you sit there, and a smaller boot that reduces luggage capacity. All for £3,000 more than the equivalent A4.

You'll look considerably more stylish than you would in an A4, though. That swept-back roof, long bonnet and short, squat bootlid come from the book of classic sportscar design - the payoff for all of the car's compromises. That's not to say that everyone will love the styling - the wobbly lines that run down either side of the car won't be to all tastes.

As well as style, coupes are supposed to provide driving excitement. And the A5 will, with the option of powerful engines combined with plenty of grip and relatively responsive steering, so the car flicks from one corner to another. It might not match the BMW 4-Series for sharpness of response, but it’s still satisfying to drive.

The A5 also copes well with bumpy British roads. It’s not up to the smoothness of a Mercedes C-Class coupe, but soaks up enough of each impact to make occupants comfortable.
The engine range isn’t huge but has enough options for most buyers, from an economical 2.0-litre diesel to the 3.0-litre V6 under the hood of the sportiest model for the moment, the S5.

As is usual with Audi, you can lose a fortune to its options list, by selecting a variety of hi-tech equipment, from a more expensive sound system to a head-up display.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 22:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
465 litres
Width: 
1846mm
Length: 
4673mm
Height: 
1371mm
Tax (min to max): 
From B (£20) to H (£300 in first year and £210 thereafter)

Best Audi A5 for... 

Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI ultra
Specially tuned to be more economical, the A5 Coupé with the 2.0 TDI diesel ultra engine has a considerable 190 horsepower, but has an official fuel economy figure of 70.6mpg - you can expect a fair bit less in normal driving, particularly if you rev it hard.
Audi S5 Coupe
With 354 horsepower, the S5 can match high-performance sports cars, accelerating from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds.

Understanding Audi A5 car names 

  • A5
  • Trim level
    SE
  • Engine
    2.0 TDI 190PS
  • Gearbox
    S Tronic
  • Trim level
    There are three trim levels – SE, Sport and S line – each being more expensive that the previous one, thanks to the extra equipment fitted as standard as the price rises. There’s also a higher-performance, and more expensive, S5 Coupé variant.
  • Engine
    The size of the engine is given in litres, but bigger doesn't always mean faster, so you'll often see the engine's power shown in horsepower, which can also be written as PS. Disel engines are badged TDI, while petrol models are TFSI.
  • Gearbox
    Audi calls one type of automatic gearbox S Tronic, and a second type - fitted to more powerful engines - Tiptronic.

Audi A5 Engines 

Petrol: 2.0 TFSI, 3.0 TFSI Diesel: 2.0 TDI ultra, 2.0 TDI, 3.0 TDI

The A5 Coupe has an engine range of five powerplants, including a unit exclusively available in the S5 Coupe.

There are two diesel engines, which are both two litres in size and generate 190 horsepower. The main difference between the two is economy. The 2.0 TDI ultra has an official fuel economy figure of up to 70.6mpg (depending on the size of the wheels fitted), while the regular 2.0 TDI has a lower rating of 67.3 mpg.

Both are relatively quiet diesels (thanks, in part, to extensive soundproofing around the engines), with plenty of power on tap that works on all types of road.

However, if a more powerful diesel is required, the six-cylinder 3.0 TDI bumps the output up to 218hp. The extra urge is noticeable but fuel economy drops to an official 58.9 and 61.4mpg, depending on the size of the wheels.

Maximum power comes when opting for one of the petrol-engined A5s The 2.0 TFSI produces 252hp. Even official fuel economy is less than 50mpg - expect under 40mpg in real-world driving and much less if you're driving it hard. 

There's even ore on offer in the S5 Coupe, which will accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.7sec, accompanied by a grin-inducing burble from the exhaust. However, that grin might slip when you find yourself making regular fuel stops, especially as the official 28.5mpg is unlikely to be matched in real-word driving conditions.

Audi A5 Trims 

SE, Sport, S line

The new A5 Coupé is available in three different trim levels: SE, Sport and the range-topping S line, which offer different levels of standard equipment. In addition, the S5 Coupé is a separate performance model with its own specification.

The cheapest SE includes 17in alloy wheels, bright xenon headlights and a 7in colour screen. There's three-zone climate control, allowing passengers to set a temperature for their section of the car, as well as front and rear parking sensors and an automatic emergency braking system that can slam on the brakes to avoid some crashes.

Sport models add sat-nav, electrically adjustable and leather-upholstered sports seats with lumbar support and LED interior lighting.

S line cars gain 18in alloy wheels, leather and alcantara sports seats, even brighter LED headlights and sport suspension that makes the car lower, and a little more responsove when you turn the steering wheel. The downside is that it's less effective at absorbing the shock when you go over bumps. 

The S5 Coupé has exterior styling features such as a unique grille and bumpers, sports seats in Nappa leather, a fully digital instrument display behind the steering wheel, which can be set to display a giant sat-nav map, as well as aluminium finishes inside, a larger dashboard screen with more advanced sat-nav, and four-wheel drive, which Audi calls quattro.

Audi A5 Reliability and warranty 

The A5 Coupé is backed by Audi’s standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is similar to that offered by premium German rivals BMW and Mercedes.

As a brand, Audi is rated highly for reliability by owners - who are likely to have high expectations of its premium cars. In lastv year's Auto Express Driver Power satisfaction survey, the firm was ranked 23 out of 32 carmakers for reliability.

Used Audi A5 

As a relatively new car, there are few used examples of the A5 Coupe on sale and, as a car in demand, there are unlikely to be big discounts available for some time.

Audi A5 Prices

Audi A5 Black Edition

35 tfsi black edition 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

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  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
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  • Gears automatic

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40 tdi black edition 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

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40 tdi black edition 2dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
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  • Gears automatic

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40 tdi quattro black edition 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

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40 tdi quattro black edition 2dr s tronic [tech]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

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40 tfsi black edition 2dr

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

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  • Fuel petrol
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  • Fuel petrol
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  • Gears automatic

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  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
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45 tfsi quattro black edition 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
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  • Gears automatic

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  • Fuel petrol
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  • Gears automatic

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Audi A5 S Line

35 tfsi s line 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

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35 tfsi s line 2dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

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40 tdi quattro s line 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

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40 tdi quattro s line 2dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
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40 tdi s line 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
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40 tdi s line 2dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

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40 tfsi s line 2dr

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

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40 tfsi s line 2dr [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

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40 tfsi s line 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

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  • Fuel petrol
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45 tfsi quattro s line 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
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Audi A5 Sport

35 tfsi sport 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

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35 tfsi sport 2dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
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40 tdi quattro sport 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

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40 tdi quattro sport 2dr s tronic [tech pack]

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

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40 tdi sport 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

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  • Doors 2
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

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40 tfsi sport 2dr

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

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  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
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  • Fuel petrol
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  • Gears automatic

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  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
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Audi A5 Vorsprung

35 tfsi vorsprung 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

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  • Fuel diesel
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40 tfsi vorsprung 2dr

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  • Fuel petrol
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  • Fuel petrol
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  • Gears automatic

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45 tfsi quattro vorsprung 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
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