Audi A5 Coupe: First journey

  • We take the Audi A5 for its first spin
  • Useful features on our test car will make life easy on the road
  • Expensive sat-nav system seems to prove its worth

Nothing quite beats slipping behind the wheel of a brand-new car with only a couple of hundred miles on the clock, breathing in that new car smell and settling in to its ultra-firm seats.

As I mentioned in my welcome piece I’ve been very excited about the arrival of our latest long termer, the Audi A5 Coupe, and was desperate to get behind the wheel to take the car for a spin to see if it drives as good as it looks.

Settling behind the wheel was an easy task thanks to our test car's optional electronic adjustable seats (costing £765) and as I took in the surroundings I was greeted by the usual excellent interior quality we have come to expect from Audi. 

Only a few miles into my journey and I was impressed with how smooth and refined the 2-litre diesel engine was and the 163bhp and 400Nm of torque proved more than enough to pull the car forwards giving plenty of confidence when overtaking and gaining speed on the slip roads.

Although some members of the Parkers team have complained about not being able to get comfortable behind the wheel, I had no such issue and found the car supremely comfortable as the miles stretched on.

The suspension does well at soaking up the potholes and bumps in the road, albeit it's a little on the stiff side and bodyroll in the corners is minimal.

Fitted to our Audi A5 is also Audi’s Drive Select system which allows you to choose from five different driving modes to suit your tastes and the driving conditions; Dynamic, Efficiency, Comfort, Auto and Individual. I’m looking forward to taking a closer look at the different modes as I get more miles under my belt.

Space is pretty good upfront too, with lots of room to stretch out on longer journeys, although adults will struggle for headroom in the rear.

There are also plenty of options to store your stuff while on the move including big cupholders, bottle holders in the doors and a reasonably sized glovebox.

One of the most useful features I’ve found so far is the automatic boot opening which is standard on all A5 Coupes. There is a switch inside the driver's door and a button on the keyfob which means two things: firstly when it’s cold outside you can pop the boot from the comfort of the car when picking up friends, and secondly, when you're laden with bags after a shopping trip you don’t need to find a spare hand to open the boot. The car does it for you.

Our test car is fitted with a Bang & Olufsen sound system which delivers clear and excellent sound quality while I listened to my favourite pop song during the drive. I’m looking forward to testing it properly during the next few months to see how it stacks up for all types of music.

The technology package fitted to our car costs a pretty pricey £1,695 and includes sat-nav which so far I have found very easy to use and informative - I haven’t got lost yet. It also flags up a warning when you're running low on fuel and asks if you would like to be directed to the nearest petrol station which is very useful if you are new to where you’re driving.

So for a first journey the A5 has impressed, I’m looking forward to getting to know the car better over the coming months and seeing what it’s like to live with day-to-day. 

Mileage: 943

Fuel economy: 40.1mpg (calc)