If you’re not yet ready to become a teenager or you’re wishing for the times before you were, a sleek two-door coupe like the new Audi A5 is an alluring option. The A5 convertible (Audi calls it a cabriolet) kicks up the responsibility-shirking freedom yet another notch. A Turbocharged 4-cylinder motor offers plenty of power, and suspension that is tuned for sport and Quattro all-wheel-drive make the A5 among the safest automobiles in its class. Modern high-tech equipment including smartphone integration as well as semi-autonomous safety systems are catered for too. Furthermore the A5 has a decent amount of functionality and is therefore not an expensive purchase, especially the coupe version, which provides the capacity to carry a load that’s comparable to larger cars.
What’s New for 2019?
The Black Optics appearance package is available now and comes with dark-finished 19-inch wheels , summer tires and a sport suspension. caps with black paint, black exterior-mirrors trim on the exterior as well as a black spoiler an elongated steering wheel with a flat bottom with black interior trim as well as blue accent stitching across the seat. New 18- and 20 inch wheel designs give the A5’s style with a bit of extra flair The standard Premium model’s Convenience Package now includes blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts as well as Prestige models are now available with self-parking capabilities.
Audi A5 Pricing and Which One to Buy
All A5s have the same turbocharged 252-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder, Quattro four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission. Audi refers to the A5’s mid-range trim Premium Plus the Premium Plus trim, and it’s our top pick in the line-up that includes both the coupe as well as the convertible. It comes with Premium trim, which includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic warning and LED headlamps. It also comes with proximity key with push-button starting, and heated front seats that come with memory functions for the driver. A similar-equipped convertible will bring in a hefty $7000 to the final cost.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Producing 252 horsepower with it’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the A5 delivers the performance that one would expect from a fast two-door. In the city it is a joy to drive. A5 excels in the midst of crowds, and never seems slow or lacking power. The seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission is quick to shift without a lot of interruption to the power flow. Through our tests, the coupe proved fast, running from 0-60 speed with just 5.0 seconds–0.5 second faster than the 400 horsepower Infiniti Q60 Red Sport.
The car is composed and solid when it’s driving The A5 is a joy to drive on twisty roads. The precise and well-weighted steering showcases the suspension’s responsiveness, and the A5 is extremely easy to drive fast. The Quattro all-wheel drive system aids as well, giving ample grip.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
In our real-world highway fuel economy tests The A5 did its best to match the EPA estimates of 34mpg. In contrast, its competitor, the BMW 440i, was able to beat its EPA number , getting 37 mpg.
Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo
Elegant, contemporary and well constructed The cabin of the A5 is comfortable and spacious, and its design is sure to last for a long the years. The A5’s cabin is awash with quality in every aspect. Inside the Premium Plus test car, soft-touch, finely grained plastics are complemented by smooth aluminum trim. When you are seated behind the leather-wrapped, thick-rimmed steering wheel A motorized arm pulls the seatbelt within easy reach of the left shoulder. Seat bottoms can be small however they provide sufficient support and comfort for long travel and a Thigh extension will satisfy those with long legs. The entire set is constructed, durable and sturdy. The only thing missing is the sense of luxurious. There’s a lack of the importance of padding on armrests, as well as other premium features are absent, like heating the rear seat or steering wheel with a power-adjustable feature.
Audi provides a variety of infotainment options as standard on all models of the A5 which include Bluetooth audio and phone streaming along with power outlets, as well as USB connectivity. The 7.0-inch (standard) as well as an 8.3-inch (optional) display for infotainment is a floating component on top of the dashboard of the A5 and includes as well Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation is not required, and so is a 19-speaker B&O Olufsen audio system.
The spacious trunk of the coupe and the movable, flat-folding back seatbacks offer a surprising amount of storage capacity The coupe can accommodate 16 suitcases for carry-on inside, by folding the back seats. It’s unfortunate that the many storage cubbies and storage bins do not conform to the same rules. There are plenty of places to store snacks, smartphones and other small objects but larger items like large water bottles are left without their homes.