Audi A5 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Performance & drive

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Performance & drive

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

Sports suspension comes as standard on S line and Edition 1 trims. This setup isn't bone-shakingly firm, but you certainly feel bumps as they pass beneath the car and this doesn't wholly suit the A5's otherwise relaxed, wafty demeanour. That's one of the main reasons that we reckon Sport trim is the one to go for; this entry-level trim sits on softer Comfort suspension for a more forgiving ride.

Go for outlandishly expensive Vorsprung trim and you'll get the option to stiffen or soften the suspension at your whim. Choose the softest setting and you'll enjoy similar levels of comfort to that of Sport trim, but after making a much bigger hole in your bank balance. Just bear in mind that, whichever suspension you choose, the A5 doesn’t soak up potholes quite as adroitly as the A4 on which it's based.

Audi says it has intentionally made the A5 'sportier' than the A4 because that’s what buyers expect from a coupé. But the truth is 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 Audi’s smaller 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.

We've yet to try the 148bhp 2.0-litre petrol (badged 35 TFSI) that represents the entry-point to the range. The 187bhp version (40 TFSI) is suitably punchy, though, so is our pick; the 242bhp version (badged 45 TFSI and available exclusively with four-wheel drive) doesn't feel that much quicker and isn't worth the extra outlay.

As for diesel engines, there's a choice of two: the 35 TDI and 40 TDI. Both are 2.0-litres but the former (which we've yet to try) has 161bhp and is front-wheel drive, while the latter packs 187bhp and gets four-wheel drive as standard. The 40 TDI is really smooth for a diesel and plenty punchy enough, although the petrols are, unsurprisingly, even quieter.

In other respects, the A5 is a peaceful cruiser, with barely any wind noise disturbing the peace. Some road noise is noticeable over coarse surfaces, but is kept to an acceptable level if you steer clear of the enormous 20in alloys you get with Edition 1 and Vorsprung trims.

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