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
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. Optional LED headlights also bring a new lighting signature and have been developed to avoid dazzling other road users when they’re driving towards you.
The A5 may not be the most visually appealing 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.
As standard every A5 comes fitted with xenon headlamps, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, three-zone climate control, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth connectivity and Audi’s MMI infotainment system.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
All A5s now come fitted as standard with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit – its 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.
Every version of the A5 now comes with Audi’s 10.1-inch MMI infotainment set-up including 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 this is controlled via the manufacturer’s intuitive MMI rotary dial and shortcut keys that are located on the centre console. There’s also a standard voice-control option – although using it takes a little patience.
While the in-car technology levels have now been standardised across the A5’s trim levels, top-level Vorsprung-spec models come fitted with a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system upgrade.5. Practicality, comfort and boot space
One of the biggest sacrifices you have to make when opting for a coupe over a saloon is a lack of practicality. Having only two-doors can make access to the rear slightly awkward for taller adults and rather than three rear seats, you’ll only find two.
Once back there you will notice that there is more head and legroom than you’d initially think. Another plus is that the boot is only 15 litres down on the A4 saloon at 465 litres. That’s also 65 litres more than you get in a Mercedes C-Class Coupe.
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 driveSmooth 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 technology - currently readingThe 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