Should you buy an Audi A5 Coupe?
Sensibly keeping many of the striking details of the original A5 Coupe, the second-generation model has evolved into a handsome two-door that turns heads on the road without being overwrought or garishly detailed. Inside it sets new benchmarks for automotive interior quality without losing core ergonomic requirements; the substance behind the style makes the A5 an accomplished long-distance companion regardless of engine choice.
And there comes our point. When a car is as accomplished as the A5 Coupe, it’s hard to choose a bad one. Some of the more extreme colour options may limit resale in future, but every engine and trim level has significant appeal, especially compared with more limited ranges such as that of the Lexus RC.
For sheer ability and sensible running costs, the 286hp 3.0-litre V6 TDI Quattro is hard to ignore as a high-performance all rounder. Diesel economy when cruising, all-wheel drive traction and impressive mid-range torque ensures on B-roads it's only just shy of the S5 and RS 5 for pace. It can also tow the most, if you want something practical and attractive.
Sticking to more down to earth models, the sweet spots lie with the 190hp 2.0-litre 40 TDI diesel or 190hp 40 TFSI petrol. We’d recommend the diesel if you spend more than half your time on the motorway, while the petrol is silky smooth, surprisingly torquey and very relaxing indeed.
Porsche input on the RS 5 contributes to the fastest model's astonishingly rapid pace and efficiency, though it's a little too capable to be truly fun on the road - at least in the UK. It is, however, a highly rational choice for supercar-style performance you can live with daily.
Whichever version of the A5 you choose, there's a high-quality interior with enough room for four (just), a large boot and a large selection of engines and trim levels to choose from. It doesn't have the driver appeal of the BMW 4 Series, but its muscular looks and significant kerb appeal will perhaps matter more to potential buyers.