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Audi A5 Coupe review - Engines, performance and drive

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

Despite its sporty coupe looks the Audi A5 is very civilized 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 – the four-wheel-drive quattro model is 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 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. 

Engines

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 187bhp in the 40 TFSI and 0-62mph takes 7.3 seconds. The most powerful petrol engine in the standard range is the 45 TFSI, which produces 242bhp and manages the 0-62mph sprint in 5.8 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 187bhp 40 TDI reaches 60mph in7.7 seconds in front-wheel drive form or 7.4 seconds whenequipped with quattro four-wheel drive. All models use the same seven-speed automatic gearbox.

All engines are available with all trim levels save for Sport, which is not offered with the 45 TFSI petrol engine.

The top-of-the-range RS5 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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    45 TFSI Quattro Edition 1 2dr S Tronic
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    45 TFSI Quattro Edition 1 2dr S Tronic
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    45 TFSI Quattro Edition 1 2dr S Tronic
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