Audi A5 coupe

Price  £29,190 - £44,865

Audi A5 coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Classy styling
  • Efficient engines
  • Superb build quality
  • Cramped rear seats
  • BMW 4 Series is more fun
  • Depreciation can be an issue

At a glance

The greenest
SE 2.0 TDI 163PS ultra 2dr £31,590
The cheapest
SE 1.8 TFSI 177PS 2dr £29,190
The fastest
3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 2dr £43,790
Top of the range
Black Edition 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 2dr £44,865

"Audis are praised for their hewn-from-granite quality and the A5 coupe is no exception."

The Audi A5 is a good-looking, mid-size, two-door coupe that goes head-to-head with models such as the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class coupe. From launch, Audi got the model's design right, which explains why it's changed very little in the seven years the car has been on sale. Of course, that's a long time for a modern car and if you're tempted to buy an A5 coupe, you should know that it's likely to be replaced in 2016 by an all-new model with an updated range of engines, plus all the latest technology.

Despite its strong image, the current model depreciates relatively quickly and the prospect of an all-new model won't help in this respect. The upside of this that you should be able to negotiate a good deal on this current version.

It'll certainly be time well spent, as the A5 coupe is a comfortable and well equipped coupe, powered by a choice of lively yet extremely economical engines. Easily the most impressive in this respect is the 2.0-litre TDI Ultra. It's capable of 67.3mpg and costs only £20 a year in road tax, yet it can launch the A5 from 0-62mph in just 8.3 seconds.

At the other extreme is the S5, equipped with a 3.0-litre petrol engine and four-wheel drive (called quattro by Audi). It can do 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, but can manage only 36.6mpg for an annual road tax bill of £225. The even-faster Audi RS5 is reviewed separately.

Fortunately, you don't have to buy the expensive S5 to experience the benefits of four-wheel drive (such as better traction and more secure handling in poor conditions) as most versions of the A5 coupe are available with quattro.

Otherwise, the model's standard set-up is safe and predictable front-wheel drive, whereas its Mercedes and BMW rivals use sportier rear-wheel drive. In addition, there's a choice of manual or automatic transmission. For this class of car, the latter is the more desirable and often the more economical, too.

There are three core trim levels: SE, S line and Black Edition Plus. Even the 'basic' SE has lots of kit, including alloy wheels, a 10-speaker stereo including DAB digital radio and heated leather seats. Our pick is the S line, for its sportier looks and additional equipment at modest additional cost.

The A5 isn't the roomiest coupe in its class and the rear seats are particularly cramped. Neither is it the smoothest-riding executive coupe you can but – unless you go for SE trim. Fortunately, this model's softer suspension is a no-cost option on sportier versions. Regardless of the trim level, the interior appears to be well screwed together and the whole car exudes an air of quality.

However, the A5's reliability and build-quality ratings in our Driver Power 2015 owner satisfaction survey aren't wildly impressive. Fortunately, six airbags, front and rear parking sensors and electronic stability control mean its safety credentials are.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.5 / 5

Audi A5 coupe fuel economy ranges from 67.3 to 42.2mpg, so it pays to study the brochure carefully

Engines, drive & performance

4 / 5

Front-wheel-drive versions of the Audi A5 coupe are grippy and responsive in most conditions

Interior & comfort

4 / 5

S line is our pick of the Audi A5 coupe trim levels

Practicality & boot space

2.5 / 5

The boot in the Audi A5 coupe is big enough to swallow two sets of golf clubs

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

The Audi A5 hasn't been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but its A4 sister model scored the full five stars

What the others say

3.8 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
“The Audi A5 is based on the more practical A4, meaning it gets all the tried-and-tested technology from that car, as well as stylish looks.”
3 / 5
"Coupes don’t come much classier than the A5. It's just a pity it's not better to drive."
4.5 / 5
"It may not be a radical departure in terms of styling, but it looks purposeful nonetheless."
What owners say 
4.3 /5 based on 101 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
12 May 2015
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