At a glance
- New price: £30,700 - £47,000
- More muscular styling
- Powerful yet frugal diesels
- Comfortable ride
- Fantastic interior
- Rivals are better to drive
- Audi A4 is more practical
- Not much room in the back
The original Audi A5 Coupe has gone down as something of a style icon among fans of the brand, but its subtle looks were at times hard to distinguish from the four-door A4, particularly in Sportback form.
You can’t say the same for the more brutish new model though. With its lowered front grille, bulging bonnet and razor-sharp wave line along the side, it has gained an identity all of its own.
Familiar engine range
Suiting the Audi A5’s more sporting nature, it eschews some of the lesser-powered engines from the A4 range and features power from 190hp to 354hp.
You get the same 2.0-litre units, plus the more potent 3.0-litre V6 diesel pair, and finally a 3.0-litre petrol engine in the S5 for serious performance.
Quattro all-wheel drive is of course available, and there’s a mix of six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and eight-speed traditional auto gearboxes on offer.
Improved handling in line with A4
While the A5’s driving dynamics still don’t match up with its coupe pretensions, the new model is a big improvement on the old one.
You still get the same car-on-rails grip levels with Quattro all-wheel drive but it’s married to more feelsome and well-weighted steering this time around.
Pick one of the faster diesel engines and you’ve got a great balance of power, precision and economy.
New cockpit with plenty of tech
Step inside the A5 and you’ll instantly recognise the dashboard layout from the Audi Q7 and A4. This is a good thing because the German manufacturer’s current interior styling is seriously on point.
As well as an elegant and simplistic layout, you get the same climate control buttons and MMI controller for the large LCD screen.
Spec the optional Virtual Cockpit and you can flick between a sat-nav display, media information and trip computer data while leaving the main screen free for other functions.
Read on for the full Parkers Audi A5 review.