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. 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.
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 the A5 lacks the excitement you get from a BMW 4 Series
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe A5 diesel models deliver strong economy, although top-spec petrol cars offer poor residual values
- 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 the A5 a safe family car