Audi A5 Coupe Road Test (2012)

Audi A5 Coupe Interior (2012)
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Audi A5 Review

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The Audi A5 Coupe looks good and drives beautifully. Smooth-lined and elegant, this range-topping model carries its stonking performance lightly.

Comfort and Refinement

Audi is very adept at creating a car cabin that is both comfortable and contemporary, and this one is no exception. Firmly supportive seats and high quality fitments combine to make the A5 Coupé’s interior a comfortable place to be. General refinement is pretty reasonable, the engine makes a pleasingly sporty sound but it does not intrude unduly into the calm of the interior.

Safety and Security

The A5 Coupe has not been tested for Euro NCAP but it is built to a similar standard to other Audis that have been awarded 5-star ratings. Front and side airbags are standard, as are seatbelt pre-tensioners and anti-whiplash head restraints. Security provision is good with a standard immobiliser and Thatcham approved alarm.

Infotainment

The test car’s audio system is high calibre and delivers excellent sound quality. We like Audi’s Driver Information System, keeping you informed of relevant information as you drive, and the MMI controller is intuitive to use. One question though: how do you instantly add a quarter to the car’s list price? Select some extras. This A5 Coupé starts life priced at just under £40,000, but by the time the options list has been heavily ticked, the bill for the car tested here tops £50,000. Ouch.

Rivals
  • BMW 330d Coupé
  • Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupé 
What We Liked
  • Stunning performance
  • High class handling and cornering ability
  • Elegant styling
  • Smart contemporary cabin
What We Disliked
  • How quickly accessories bump up the price
What We Would Like To See
  • Fewer of these cars in silver, the styling suits a strong body colour
Conclusion

The Audi A5 Coupe looks good and drives beautifully. Smooth-lined and elegant, this range-topping model carries its stonking performance lightly. Great pace and good handling make it an excellent long-distance mile-muncher that comes alive on a twisty country road. It is also reasonably practical for the type of car it is, and has good economy and emissions. With prices starting from around £27,000 for a more modestly powered model, this handsome coupe is quite pricey, but it does not seem unreasonably so.

9 May 2012 Sue Baker
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Audi A5 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedAudi A5 Coupe 3.0 TDI quattro S Line S tronic
  
Body Type3-door Saloon
ColourMisano Red
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph5.8 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
  
Transmission7-Speed Auto - four-wheel drive
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban41.5 mpg
Extra Urban55.4 mpg
Combined49.6 mpg
  
Insurance Group35
Euro NCAP Ratingtba
Warranty3 years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 09/05/12)£39,955

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