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Audi A5 coupe (2007-2016) - Reliability & safety

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

Carbuyer Rating

3.4 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.1 out of 5

Like its ride and handling, the Audi A5's reliability is a mixed bag. It's certainly well screwed together in the way all Audis are and it fared pretty well in our Driver Power 2015 owner-satisfaction survey. Safety shouldn't be worry, though. Although the A5 has never been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, the A4 saloon on which it's based scored the full five stars. In addition, the A5 comes with a full arsenal of safety equipment, while quattro versions have the added security of four-wheel drive.

Audi A5 reliability

In our Driver Power 2015 owner-satisfaction survey, the Audi A5 Sportback finished 26th out of 200 cars – an excellent result. It was ranked 57th for reliability and 16th for build quality, so you shouldn't have to suffer any squeaks and rattles.

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Even so, some reviewers have expressed concerns over the quality of parts in the car's interior. Audi's three-year/60,000-mile warranty only goes some way to addressing these concerns. The fact that extending it is fairly expensive (and even then it only covers you for up to 90,000 miles) isn't exactly reassuring.

Safety

The Audi A5 hasn't been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but its A4 saloon sister model has, and it scored the full five stars. On this basis, we believe the A5 is a very safe car. Standard equipment includes six airbags, electronic stability control and front and rear parking sensors.

There's also a rest-recommendation system, which analyses your steering, pedal and gearlever inputs. If the system detects a change in your driving patterns, it can warn you visually and audibly that you might need to take a rest.

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Cheapest

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    35 TFSI Sport 2dr S Tronic
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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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