Audi A5 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Introduction

Audi A5 Coupe 2021 LHD front
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  • Audi A5 Coupe 2021 LHD dashboard
  • Audi A5 Coupe 2021 LHD rear seats
  • Audi A5 Coupe 2021 LHD front seats
  • Audi A5 Coupe 2021 LHD side
  • Audi A5 Coupe 2021 LHD tail
  • Audi A5 Coupe 2021 LHD front static
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Introduction

What Car? says...

It’s best to think of the Audi A5 as a sleeker-looking but less practical version of the popular A4 saloon – and that's not meant to sound dismissive.

After all, the A4 is a former What Car? Car of the Year so it's a fantastic starting point for Audi to choose. What do you gain by having a higher number in the car's name but fewer doors? Well, that depends which A5 you go for.

If you decide it's the car for you, don't forget to check out the best prices available by searching our free What Car? New Car Buying service – it will help you easily and quickly find lots of excellent Audi A5 deals.

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Audi says it has intentionally made the A5 sportier than the A4 because that’s what buyers expect from a coupé. The truth is, though, you’d be better off with a BMW 4 Series if you're looking for driving thrills.

The A5’s steering is precise, but it never really involves you in the process of going round corners, which is a pity given how much fun the smaller Audi TT Coupé is to drive. Mind you, the A5 grips the road well and there’s little body roll through bends – especially on models equipped with sports suspension.

The entry-level 148bhp 35 TFSI (0-62mph in 9.1sec) needs to be worked fairly hard to build speed in a hurry. That's why we prefer the 201bhp 40 TFSI, which is our pick of the range. It provides a considerable performance boost over the 35 TFSI without pushing up running costs too much (0-62mph takes 7.2sec – about the same as the BMW 4 Series in 420i form).

If you’d like something with a little more power, there’s the four-wheel drive 261bhp 45 TFSI. Somewhat disappointingly, it doesn’t feel much quicker from behind the wheel, despite a claimed 0-62mph of 5.6 seconds. If performance is your thing, we’d point you towards the Audi S5 and the spectacularly rapid Audi RS5.

As for diesel engines, there's a choice of two, both 2.0 litres: the 35 TDI and 40 TDI. The former offers 161bhp, front-wheel drive and a 0-62mph sprint of 8.2sec. The latter packs 187bhp, gets four-wheel drive as standard and manages the same sprint in 6.9sec. The 40 TDI is really smooth for a diesel and plenty punchy enough, although the petrols are even quieter.

FAQs

  • Audi has a less than stellar record in our annual What Car? Reliability Survey and came 18th out of 30 car makers in 2021. However, the A5 Coupé was one of the manufacturer’s better performing models, earning an impressive 95.8% reliability score the same year. Read more here
  • No version of the Audi A5 Coupé can run on electric power alone, even for short distances, but it does feature mild-hybrid technology. That gives the engine some electrical assistance under hard acceleration, reducing the strain on it and improving efficiency. Read more here
  • The Audi A5 Coupé’s 201bhp 40 TFSI petrol engine strikes the best balance between performance, affordability and running costs. Plus, there’s no need to go beyond the well-equipped S line – the cheapest trim the 40 TFSI engine is available with. Read more here
  • The Audi A5 Coupé in entry-level Sport trim comes with lots of standard equipment, including LED headlights, climate and cruise control, a digital instrument display and built-in sat-nav. S line gives you sportier styling, bigger alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension and a wider choice of engines. Read more here
  • The Audi A5 Coupé’s infotainment touchscreen is more distracting to use on the move than the physical control dial in the BMW 4 Series Coupé. Audi’s system does have intuitive menus and quick responses, though. You can operate many functions using buttons on the steering wheel linked to the Virtual Cockpit digital driver display. Read more here
  • The Audi A5 Coupé’s boot capacity is 455 litres – slightly smaller than in the Audi A4 saloon (which the A5 is based on). It’s a practical square shape, and beats the 440 litres you get in the BMW 4 Series Coupé. Read more here
At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £3,298
Target Price from £37,699
Save up to £3,298
or from £412pm
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Leasing deals
From £364pm
RRP price range £40,045 - £67,620
Number of trims (see all)6
Number of engines (see all)6
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol, diesel
MPG range across all versions 36.7 - 58.9
Available doors options 2
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £2,443 / £4,930
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £4,887 / £9,860
Available colours