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Audi A5 Coupe review - Engines, performance and drive

Smooth and comfortable, but the A5 lacks the excitement you get from a BMW 4 Series

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Engines, performance and drive Rating

4.1 out of 5

Price
£43,310 to £58,970
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Despite its sporty coupe looks the Audi A5 is very civilised and refined to drive. It’s based on the same chassis as the A4 saloon and comes with a range of different suspension options which alter the way it drives. 

Turn into a corner and the A5 on standard suspension, rather than adaptive dampers, responds more quickly than a BMW 4 Series, plus there’s a little less body roll. Yet the steering isn’t as well weighted as the BMW's, while mild torque steer upsets the front-wheel-drive A5’s composure when powering out of slower bends – four-wheel-drive versions are more planted in similar situations.

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Take things easier, and the A5 impresses as a relaxed and refined cruiser. On the standard suspension set-up it’s a little firm at low speed, particularly on optional 19-inch alloys, but go faster and the dampers will do a good job of filtering out road imperfections. Wind noise is also well suppressed, while the tall-striding seventh gear in cars fitted with the S tronic gearbox keeps mechanical intrusion to a minimum. 

0-62mph acceleration and top speed

The entry-level engine is the 35 TFSI – a turbocharged two-litre with 148bhp and an 8.9-second 0-62mph time. The same engine produces 201bhp in the 40 TFSI and 0-62mph takes 7.1 seconds. The most powerful petrol engine in the standard range is the 45 TFSI, which produces 261bhp and manages the 0-62mph sprint in 5.5 seconds – thanks in part to its standard quattro four-wheel drive system.

The 35 TDI 2.0-litre diesel makes 161bhp and can hit 62mph from rest in 8.2 seconds, while the 201bhp 40 TDI reaches 60mph in 6.9 seconds with quattro four-wheel drive. All models use the same seven-speed automatic gearbox. It's worth noting that the entry-level Sport trim isn't offered with the more powerful 40 or 45 TFSI petrol engine or 40 TDI diesel.

The top-of-the-range RS 5 is powered by a 2.9-litre V6 with 444bhp – 0-62mph takes 3.9 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    40 TFSI Sport 2dr S Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £38,075

Most Economical

  • Name
    35 TDI Sport 2dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound]
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £43,360

Fastest

  • Name
    S5 TDI 341 Quattro 2dr Tiptronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £53,860

Shane is responsible for looking after the day-to-day running of the Auto Express website and social media channels. Prior to joining Auto Express in 2021, he worked as a radio producer and presenter for outlets such as the BBC.

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