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.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1Audi A5 Coupe reviewThe Audi A5 is a talented premium coupe that's well-built and comfortable, but it's beginning to feel its age
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingSmooth and comfortable but lacks the excitement you get from a BMW 4 Series
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsEconomical on paper but almost 70mpg is tough to match in the real world
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe A5 is not all that exciting from the outside, but a state-of-the-art cabin makes up for it
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceDespite the coupe body, the A5 is still reasonably practical with the biggest boot in its class
- 6Reliability and SafetyTop marks from Euro NCAP and a raft of kit makes it a safe family car