A5 coupe 2019 Awards

Audi A5 Coupe review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Unsurprisingly, the A5 commands a small premium over an equivalent A4 saloon. The range starts with a 148bhp 2.0 petrol and tops out with the range-topping 3.0-litre diesel. However, we reckon the 187bhp 2.0-litre petrol (badged 40 TFSI) is the engine to go for. This is priced on a par with the rival BMW 4 Series, while the Mercedes C-Class Coupé will cost you a little more.

For those looking to run an A5 through work, CO2 emissions will be just as important. And there's good news: the most efficient diesel (the 40 TDI in entry-level Sport trim) pumps out a respectable 117g/km.

Entry-level Sport trim is our favourite. It comes with 17in alloy wheels, sports seats, LED interior lighting and sat-nav. Bigger alloy wheels, sport suspension, more aggressive styling, LED headlights and a sports steering wheel are among the additions when paying extra for S line trim and Black Edition. Unless you really want a sportier look, we wouldn’t bother – these trims push up the A5's price considerably. The stupendously lavish Vorsprung models are even more expensive, so harder to recommend.

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

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Verdict

The Audi A5 Coupé is comfortable, quiet and very classy inside. It could be a little more exciting to drive (a BMW 4 Series is better in this respect), 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 coupé standards
  • Steering could be more involving
  • You’ll want to add a few options
  • Sports suspension brings an overly firm ride
Engines
There are 9 engines available for the A5 coupe. Click to see details.See all versions
35 TFSI S Tronic
We are yet to try out this variant...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH8.9 secs
MPG47.9-47.9
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2.0 TFSI
This 187bhp 2.0-litre petrol is suitably punchy and keenly priced – it's actually our p...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxManual, Semi-auto
0-62 MPH7.2 secs
MPG47.1-51.4
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£31,330
Average Saving £3,055
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1.4 TFSI
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Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH8.7 secs
MPG52.3-53.3
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2.0 TDI Ultra
This entry-level 2.0-litre diesel is punchy enough and refined. It’s the engine to choo...View engine
Fuel Diesel
GearboxSemi-auto, Manual
0-62 MPH7.2 secs
MPG54.3-70.6
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£34,597
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45 TFSI Quattro S Tronic
Doesn't feel as quick as you might imagine because you need to rev it harder that the d...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
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£39,418
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3.0 TDI Quattro
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Fuel Diesel
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH6.2 secs
MPG60.1-61.4
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£41,280
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2.0 TFSI 252 Quattro
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Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH5.8 secs
MPG44.1-44.1
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£42,900
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3.0 TDI 286 Quattro Tiptronic
This V6 diesel engine is incredibly refined and offers superb performance. However, it’...View engine
Fuel Diesel
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH5.2 secs
MPG51.4-51.4
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£44,915
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S5 Quattro (currently off sale)
This turbocharged V6 petrol version is the fastest A5 and sounds great. However, the 3...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH4.7 secs
MPG36.7-36.7
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£48,880
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