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  • Launched in 2016
  • Coupe
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2016
  • Body type
    Coupe
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Best bits

  • Stylish inside and out
  • Practical for a coupe
  • Strong selection of engines

Not so great

  • Not as fun as a BMW 4 Series
  • New infotainment is a fiddle to use
  • Top-end models are expensive

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Overall verdict on the Audi A5

"The Audi A5 is a bit like being a contestant on Bear Grylls' survival TV show The Island - like being trapped on a tropical paradise for weeks on end, the Audi looks like a lot of fun but is actually pretty boring."

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Don't close your browser in disgust just yet, though, because there is a lot the Audi does very well if you're not too fussed about haring around corners like you're on your own personal rollercoaster.


First things first, this is an Audi so naturally its interior is excellent. Inside, it feels like the dashboard has been chiselled from a solid lump of rock and then draped with pretty trim pieces. It feels solid. All models come with a leather interior – top-end versions get softer Nappa leather – and the interior is lit by LEDs that give a bright white light that shows up the yellow tinge you get from the filament bulbs fitted in cheaper coupes.


The infotainment is pretty good, too. You get a large centre screen with crystal clear graphics and Audi's Virtual Cockpit behind the steering wheel – a multi-function digital instrument binnacle which is still the best you'll find in any car.


Interior space is also amongst the best you'll find in a coupe this size. The A5 has loads of room up front for tall adults and a couple of tall adults will just about squeeze in the back, if they negotiate a bit of extra legroom from the people sitting ahead of them. Factor in a boot that's big and square and, in terms of practicality, you couldn't ask for much more from a coupe this size.


The problem, if you can call it that, comes when you get behind the wheel because the A5 can't stir your soul in the same way a BMW 4 Series can – arguably something all sporty coupes should be capable of.  The A5 grips hard and doesn't lean in corners but if you're searching for the final granules of engagement, you won't find them. This is more of a fast cruiser than a fun machine.


For this reason, you're better of sticking to the standard range – the powerful S5 is quick but ultimately as unrewarding as the rest – the current batch of 2.0-litre petrol TFSIs come in 35, 40 and 45 power guises producing 150, 204 and 265PS, respectively, so all bar the basic model are usefully quick. You also get a choice of two 2.0-litre diesels – with163PS (35 TDI) and 204PS (40 TDI) – which give the A5 more heart for mid-speed overtakes on the motorway.


And it's here where the A5 is at its best. Its cabin is quiet and comfortable and the optional Quattro four-wheel drive makes it a reassuringly stable way to cover ground quickly. With it fitted, you don't have to worry so much that the steering is giving you little to no feedback.


A manual gearbox is something enthusiasts love to bang on about, so the Audi loses points because it's only available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. In reality though, it changes gear quickly and makes the Audi an easy car to drive in town, all models also come with a reversing camera with a crystal clear display.


This sort of attention to detail makes the A5 an excellent all-rounder so while it can't put a smile on your face like a proper sporty coupe should, on a cold winter's night when you just want to get home quickly and safely, you'll not regret choosing the sensible option. 

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35 TFSI S Line 2dr S Tronic

  • 2019
  • 10,654 miles
  • Volkswagen Financial Services
  • Angus, DD23PT
Price:£26,525
PCP: £473.79/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £473.79, Customer Deposit: £3,978.00, Total Deposit: £3,978.75, Optional Final Payment: £10,225.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,261.40, Total Amount Payable: £30,786.40, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.88%, Excess Mileage Charge: 10.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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2.0 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic

  • 2018
  • 14,073 miles
  • Volkswagen Financial Services
  • Durham, SR51JQ
Price:£25,950
PCP: £494.48/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £494.48, Customer Deposit: £3,892.00, Total Deposit: £3,892.50, Optional Final Payment: £9,272.50, Total Charge For Credit: £4,521.80, Total Amount Payable: £30,471.80, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.87%, Excess Mileage Charge: 10.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Audi A5 right for you?

The Audi A5 will be right for you if you want a car that is stylish to look at, but also practical and easy to live with everyday. Some models are very quick, but the Audi is comfortable, safe and predictable to drive where a BMW 4 Series is fun.

What's the best Audi A5 model/engine to choose?

Choose your Audi A5 in S line trim and you get sportier looks than in a basic model without having to fork out serious dollar on one of the the top-of-the-range models. Similarly, the 204PS petrol engine is plenty quick but is one of the cheaper models to buy and run.

What other cars are similar to the Audi A5?

The Audi A5's most obvious rivals are the sporty BMW 4 Series and luxurious Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, but you might also consider the Lexus RC – which is available and a petrol-electric hybrid – or more focussed coupes like the Lotus Evora. If you're looking at performance version, you could also consider the Ford Mustang as a rival. 

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What is the Audi A5?

First introduced in 2007, the A5 is a more stylish, higher spec version of the A4 saloon that comes in more body styles and costs a little more, but shares its engines and technology.

Dan Powell

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Is the Audi A5 a good car?

The A5 has a superb high-quality interior, it’s a refined cruiser, and features a wide range of engines to suit all tastes (and budgets), but it’s not the most exciting or sporty coupe to drive.

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Are all Audi A5s four-wheel drive?

No. The two entry-level petrol and diesel versions are both front-wheel drive, but the more powerful models come fitted with quattro four-wheel drive as standard, as do the faster S5 and RS5.

Andy Brady

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