Audi A5 Review< Back to blog
You’d be forgiven for asking these sort of questions before parting with your hard-earned money. After all, manufacturer gimmicks are rife in the midst of declining vehicle sales so a car which is shiny new doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good.
That said, there’s been a mid-life facelift to the new A5 which means we can’t just dismiss it completely. So what’s all the fuss about?
Stepping into the cockpit of the A5 is the experience that you would come to expect of Audi’s premium label. The interior is stylish yet simple, with quality build materials littered along the dashboard. Taller drivers might face a bit of a squeeze at this point – mainly this is down to the frameless doors, sloping roofline and three-door.
If you plan on carrying adult passengers in the back regularly, consider the five-door Sportback model instead. Although it’s slightly more expensive, you’ll be able to access the spaces in the back a lot easier, without compromising the car’s slick looks either.
It’s a bit like the Narnia wardrobe when you get in the Coupé model. There’s more headroom and space than you initially thought, and everything in the cockpit screams comfort and high-quality materials. A nice addition by Audi is the sports seats in the front, which come as standard and position you perfectly to make the driving experience feel supported and controlled throughout.
Despite the sloped roof of the A5, there’s just as much legroom and headspace for rear passengers as there is in the A4. However, despite the similarities between the two in terms of layout, the A5 has the advantage of being more plush due to its full leather interior. It’s just something you’d expect from a car worth nearly £34,000.
Infotainment and tech
The 7″ infotainment display is in an ideal location in the A5 (centred on the dash above the air vents) and is fairly low set so as to avoid impeding your vision while driving.
This standard display can be increased to a massive 12″, but you’ll need to opt for the range-topping Vorsprung (“progress”) trim. Unless size really does matter to you, the underlying features are exactly the same on both. DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a satnav and smartphone mirroring through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
A digital driver instruction display also comes as standard on the A5 Sportback. Like the infotainment display, it suffices. If you’re serious about your tech, you can upgrade to Audi’s full Virtual Cockpit. This is top of the food chain stuff for Audi. A customisable digital screen replaces the usual analogue speedometer and rev counter. You can view your satnav, music, and phone info here too.
Audi has maintained the hatchback perks at the rear of the A5, too. It has a generously wide boot opening, making it easier to load and unload your things.
The boot space itself is also practical, with a 480-litre capacity. As standard, the A5 also has a fold-down middle seat in the back which makes it flexible for longer items to be stored in the back. The rear seats don’t fold down completely flat, but the continuous boot floor makes it less likely that your items will move about while driving.
A cool feature as standard with the boot is its automated feature. This allows you to shut the boot at a press of a button. You can even set a desired height you wish it to open too – handy if you store it in a low-set garage. Or, if you’re shorter than average.
There aren’t a great deal of cubby spaces in the A5, both in the front and back. Door bins up top are way too thin for bottles, so instead there’s a pair of cupholders in front of the gearbox, but then you’ll need to decide between a cup of coffee or a small bottle of water.
On the road
The A5 is remarkably quiet and smooth to drive. Even though it’s fitted with a slightly stiffer suspension than the A4. There’s the option to upgrade to Audi’s “comfort suspension”, should you wish. Or it’s available as standard on all Sport and SE models.
If you really want to optimise handling and comfort on the road, then Audi’s four-wheel Quattro model will let you take them corners with confidence. The new Sportback is noticeably comfier – even with the stiffer suspension – than the older A5.
As with most Audi models there’s a great range of engines for you to choose from for the A5. The entry-level 2.0-litre diesel comes with 190bhp and is the most economical in the range – with Audi quoting a combined 61mpg. But if you want performance then the 2.0-litre turbo petrol is the one for you. It boasts an impressive 252bhp.
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