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Audi A5 Coupe review - Interior, design and technology

The A5 is not all that exciting from the outside, but a state-of-the-art cabin makes up for it

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.3 out of 5

Price
£43,310 to £61,080
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​The latest Audi A5 isn’t a radical departure from the old model in terms of styling. The sloping roofline gives its some visual impact but the lines and overall shape of the coupe are quite conservative.

The body is a little longer but also narrower than before and the subtly embossed bonnet helps to differentiate it further from its A4 saloon sibling. The LED headlights have been developed to avoid dazzling other road users when they’re driving towards you.

The A5 may not be the most exciting car to look at from the outside but the cabin is beautifully executed. The quality of plastics used inside the Audi is impressive and goes some way to justifying its hefty price.

Every A5 comes with LED headlamps, adaptive cruise control, 18-inch alloy wheels, three-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and Audi’s MMI infotainment system fitted as standard.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Following the 2019 facelift, all A5s are fitted with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. This system’s 12.3-inch widescreen display shows the sat-nav display straight in front of you, making it easier to follow the route guidance, while you can also change the radio station and look at the car’s efficiency data through the different menus.

It’s a hi-tech feature that fits well with the A5’s well-crafted cabin. Build quality is brilliant throughout, with a simple but smart layout to the centre console adding to the premium feel.

Audi’s 10.1-inch MMI infotainment set-up includes navigation and a 36-month subscription to the Audi Connect service. This has a 4G connection and gives access to the brand’s various apps, plus Twitter and Google Street View for detailed route-finding assistance.

All of this is controlled via the manufacturer’s intuitive MMI rotary dial and shortcut keys that are located on the centre console. A further update in 2021 saw Amazon’s Alexa voice-recognition technology installed, which allows you to use vocal commands to operate a number of the car’s functions completely hands-free.

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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