Audi A5 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £39,005What Car? Target Price from£35,864

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

We reckon the 40 TFSI is the engine to go for. Thus-equipped, the A5 is priced roughly on a par with an equivalent BMW 4 Series, while a like-for-like Mercedes C Class Coupé will cost you a little more. Unsurprisingly, the A5 commands a small premium over an equivalent A4 saloon, but the difference isn't huge.

For those looking to run an A5 through work, CO2 emissions will be just as important. And there's relatively good news on that front: the most efficient diesel (the 35 TDI in entry-level Sport trim) pumps out as little as 133g/km. However, the 40 TFSI petrol engine is slightly cheaper and not that much less efficient, so will be a better choice for many company car drivers.

Entry-level Sport trim is our favourite. It comes with 18in alloy wheels, LED headlights, climate control and cruise control. Bigger alloy wheels, sports suspension, more aggressive styling and part-leather seats are among the additions if you stump up for S line or Edition 1 trim. Unless you really want a sportier look, though, we wouldn’t bother – these trims push up the A5's price considerably. The stupendously lavish Vorsprung models are even more expensive, making them very hard to recommend.

As for safety, all versions of the A5 come with low-speed automatic emergency braking. The optional Tour Pack (standard on range-topping Vorsprung trim) adds high-speed emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance and various other active safety aids.

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Overview

Choose carefully and you'll be getting a comfortable and quiet coupe with a very classy interior. True, the A5 could be a little more exciting to drive, but it's still an incredibly rounded car – especially if you opt for the 40 TFSI petrol in entry-level Sport trim.

  • Plush interior
  • Strong and smooth engines
  • Practical by coupe standards
  • Steering could be more feelsome
  • You’ll want to add a few options
  • Very expensive Vorsprung trim

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