Audi A4 Vs Audi A5: Moneyshake Compares< Back to blog
Think of the Audi A4 as the practical, sensible one. The Audi A5, on the other hand, has a sporty coupe style which is sleeker and therefore easier on the eye. It’s also got some punchier engines from the off that will appeal to the keener driver.
We compare both the A4 and A5 range to help you decide between the two.
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The first thing you’ll notice about the Audi A4 and A5 is the different body shapes. For starters, the A4 is a saloon that’s 73mm longer than the A5. Also, the sloping coupe roofline of the A5 means it’s much sharper compared to its stretched relative.
Adding to the A5’s aerodynamics is its shorter stance compared to the A4, the latter of which is 57mm taller. We’ll talk more about how this impacts practicality later on in the piece, but as far as design goes, we must admit that we’re bigger fans of the Audi A5’s athletic looks.
The Audi A4 starts with the entry-level Technik trim which is the same for most of the manufacturer’s range. Kit levels are good too, with the following included as standard:
- 17in alloy wheels
- High gloss specific body details
- LED headlights amd rear lights with LED daytime running lights
- Brand-new design rear diffuser
- Body coloured door mirrors
If you’re looking at the Audi A5, you’ll be glad to know that the range kicks off with the better-equipped Sport spec. This comes with a whole host of snazzier features for the design, including:
- Sport front and rear bumpers with side skirts
- Rear diffuser in matt titanium black with matt aluminium silver strip
- Radiator grille and air inlets in titanium black with aluminium silver inserts
- Matt aluminium silver tailpipe trim
- Body colour bumpers and door handles
Interior design and space
Audi knows a thing or two about creating solid, premium interiors that look and feel the part. That’s something both the A4 and A5 have in common.
You won’t pick fault in either of these cars’ driving position either thanks to plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustments.
You’ll want to consider the Sport Edition spec for the Audi A4, however. Instead of the standard seats, you get well-bolstered sports seats that make a huge difference out on the road. Mainly you’ll notice the difference going through corners as they hold you in place better. If this isn’t high on your agenda, either seats will keep you comfy on long-distance journeys.
The Technik spec for the A4 is really good when it comes to interior design features. You’ll get a three-spoke leather steering wheel, three-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and handy 40/20/40 split folding rear seats which let you prioritise passenger or load space.
Both the A4 and A5 come with the brand’s brilliant MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system which is connected to a high resolution 10.1in display. On top of this is a digital driver’s display which completes the Audi Virtual Cockpit setup.
Space is pretty good in the Audi A4 too. In the front there’s lots of storage space, with a tray under the front armrest, two cupholders and decent sized door bins in the front that will hold a one-litre bottle of drink.
All A4 models include wide-opening front and rear doors too which make getting in and out very easy. In the back you get slightly more headroom for a couple of six-footers, so anyone this tall sitting back there won’t have to crane their neck.
Despite being a coupe, the Audi A5 is more practical than you’d think. Yes, the sloping roofline on the coupe does mean it’s a bit tighter for head space in the back for passengers over six foot. Despite this, you can choose a Sportback version of the A5 which adds two rear doors and lifts the rear of the car up slightly to create more room.
Boot space is slightly different between the two cars too. The A4 has a bigger space (480 litres), and you can improve this still by choosing the Avant model, which is an estate version of the A4. As for the Audi A5, boot size doesn’t change whether you go with the coupe, convertible or Sportback body – the total is 465 litres.
Because the A4 and A5 both have 40/20/40 split folding rear seats, you can individually drop the back seats. This is handy if you want to put longer items in the back, but still have one or two passengers sat back there too.
Performance and price
When it comes to performance, the Audi A4 and A5 share a lot of the same engines. In particular the entry-level A4 Technik and A5 Sport both have the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 150bhp. The only difference is that there’s a manual version available for the A4, whereas the A5 comes as standard with the smooth-shifting S Tronic automatic gearbox from the off.
The Audi A5 is quicker to feature the peppier units earlier on in the range. For example, the Sport model scraps the lesser-powered 2.0-litre diesel engine with 136bhp, instead starting with the punchier 163bhp one. With a combined fuel economy of 59mpg and an acceleration time of 0-60mph in 8.2 seconds, it’s a brilliant engine if you plan to drive more miles than average.
If you’re looking for more grip, better handling and a general sense of finer-tuned performance, then the A5 is a better option for you. Four-wheel drive Quattro models are available even in the entry-level Sport model, while the S Line and Black Edition versions get a sport suspension which makes the car sharper out on the road.
Audi A4 models stray towards the Comfort Dynamic suspension as standard which suits the car perfectly. With the standard 17in alloy wheels or even bigger 18in ones the tyre roar is kept to a minimum. You can choose to add the stiffer suspension on the S Line and Black Edition trims, but you sacrifice comfort which we’d argue isn’t worthwhile for the A4.
If you’re looking at leasing an Audi A4 or A5, the starting price for the former is from £276 per month, whereas the A5 starts from around £350 per month when you lease through Moneyshake.
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