Audi A5 coupe: impressive build and bold design

Mar 21, 2013

What the motoring press is saying about the Audi A5 coupe

Price: £28,665 - £44,455

Pros: striking looks, bold design, excellent driving position, impressive build quality

Cons: not as fun as a BMW 3 Series, rear seats are cramped, S line versions are expensive

4.2, CarBuyer
"The Audi A5 Coupe is essentially a re-bodied A4 saloon. Put the two side-by-side and it's obvious which is the sportier car – the A5 is lower, wider and more aggressive, with a sleek coupe shape and planted stance. In addition to the Coupe there is also a more practical four-door Sportback and desirable four-seat Convertible. All three were subject to a mild facelift in 2011, taking inspiration from the stylish Audi A6 with its new headlights and revised front grille. It packs all the quality you'd expect from an Audi, with a range of fast but frugal petrol and diesel engines. The highlight of the range is the powerful 3.0 TDI quattro which manages 0-60mph in only 5.8 seconds yet will do almost 50mpg. All cars come with alloy wheels, but S line and Black Edition cars add bigger rims and subtle styling tweaks that make the A5 look like a true sports car. Beware though, the firm suspension on flagship cars can severely compromise ride quality."

4/5, Auto Express
"Where Audi really needed to improve its game was in the driver involvement department. With the A5, it has just done that. The coupe features a wide track, its steering has been engineered from scratch, the quattro 4WD is biased towards the rear and the front axle has been moved forward 120mm to counteract understeer. All this work has had the desired effect."

4/5, What Car?
"Coupes don't come much classier than the Audi A5. It's just a pity it's not better to drive."

4.5/5, Parker's
"It's a good all-round package that comes close to matching the BMW 3-Series Coupé with a fine range of engines, a high quality interior and an enjoyable driving experience. It may not be a radical departure for Audi in terms of styling, but it looks purposeful nonetheless."

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