Our experience of the new Audi A5 is so far limited to a short test drive in Portugal, but that was enough to tell us that it’s certainly good enough to worry its key rivals, the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé. The A5 is plusher inside and marginally more practical than both of those rivals, and the 282bhp V6 diesel engine, in particular, is an absolute belter.
Pick the right BMW 4 Series and you’ll enjoy a more rewarding drive on a winding country road, but the A5 is the better all-rounder and, in the right spec, should even come close to topping the similarly impressive all-round talents of the latest Mercedes C-Class Coupé. We’ll need to drive both cars back-to-back in the UK to be sure, though.
In the meantime read on over the next few pages to get our initial impressions of the new A5.