Audi A5 Coupe review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Despite the coupe body, the A5 is still reasonably practical with the biggest boot in its class
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.
Against the tape measure the A5 comes in at 4,673mm long, 1,846 wide and 1,371mm tall. That makes it longer than a BMW 4 Series.
It’s not as tall as some rivals but its width means more shoulder room for rear passengers.
A wheelbase of 2,764mm should mean there isn’t as much space inside as in the BMW 4 Series, as this model has a longer wheelbase. However, because the roofline on the Audi isn’t as steeply raked as its rival, there is more headroom. Legroom is very similar on both models, however.
The current A5 has 10 litres of extra boot space over the model it replaced, but at 465 litres that’s still 10 litres less than the A4 Saloon on which it’s based. Still, it has a 25-litre carrying capacity advantage over the BMW 4 Series Coupe. Other highlights include a 40:20:40 split/fold bench, plus remote tailgate opening.
If you're planning on using your A5 for regular towing duties you might want to opt for a diesel-powered model. The 35 TDI version is rated to tow 1,700-1,900kg, with the 40 TDI variant slightly more capable at 1,800-2,000kg. The entry 35 TFSI petrol car is able to tow 1,500-1,700kg, while the 261bhp 45 TFSI is rated at 1,700-1,900kg. We'd always advise double checking the individual towing limits of your car before hitching up a trailer or caravan.
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 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 space - currently readingDespite 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