Used Audi A5 (Mk1, 2007-2016) review - What should you look out for?
Excellent build quality means a used Audi A5 should feel as classy as a new model, but there are problems to look out for
The Audi A5 looks and feels like a quality product, but it’s not without its problems. Build quality is excellent, which is especially evident on the inside, but the A5 is no less prone to issues than a more mainstream – and cheaper – coupe.
Common used Audi A5 problems
Regulators for electric windows can break. It’s a DIY fix, with new ones costing £120 from Audi.
Fuel filler flap mechanism can fail. There’s an override behind the boot trim to open the flap.
Wheel bearings are a weak spot, especially the fronts, so listen for groaning when cornering.
Make sure the door locks work properly because the mechanisms can fail; replacement is the only cure.
The A5 has been recalled five times. Three recalls between October 2014 and February 2017 covered brake servo problems, fuel leaks and airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners. Coolant pump overheating caused a May 2017 recall, then in January some A5s were recalled for air-con overheating. Some models were included in the VW diesel emissions scandal.
In this review
- 1VerdictWith efficient engines and attractive design, the Audi A5 is a stylish two-door coupe to rival the new BMW 4 Series
- 2How much will it cost?You’ll pay a premium for the A5, even on the used car market; an A4 of the same vintage might make more sense
- 3How practical is it?Accommodation is fine up front and there’s a decent boot, but headroom is limited in the rear
- 4What’s it like to drive?Strong performance, terrific grip and still fun to drive, but BMW and Mercedes have moved the goalposts
- 5What should you look out for? - currently readingExcellent build quality means a used Audi A5 should feel as classy as a new model, but there are problems to look out for
- 6What do owners think?Strong scores across the board for the Audi A5 in 2017's Driver Power Used Car Survey