The Audi A5 is a rarity as an all-wheel-drive four-seat coupe or convertible. Its 2.0-liter turbo engine is strong, its 8-speed transmission impeccable, and ride and handling flawless for the mission. The A5 is not inexpensive, but it's still less than Mercedes or BMW. The S5 ups the game and is hard to beat in its class, with a satisfying supercharged V6 engine and available 7-speed twin clutch transmission, with big brakes and firmer suspension. For those who must have a beefy V8, there's the RS5, now with 450 horsepower. Nothing feels like the RS5.
Sam Moses filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com after his test drive of A5 and S5 models in the Pacific Northwest and Colorado, with additional reporting by G.R. Whale in Southern California.
Model Line Overview
Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T Premium manual ($37,850), automatic ($39,050); Coupe Premium Plus ($41,400); Coupe Prestige ($47,300); A5 Cabriolet 2.0T Premium front wheel drive CVT ($43,300), quattro all-wheel drive automatic ($45,500); Cabriolet Premium Plus ($49,000); Cabriolet Prestige ($54,900); S5 Coupe Premium Plus manual ($50,900), 7-speed dual clutch ($52,300); S5 Coupe Prestige ($57,550); S5 Cabriolet Premium Plus ($59,300); S5 Cabriolet Prestige ($65,950); RS5 ($68,900)
leather upholstery, 3-zone climate control, 8-way power front seats, tilt/telescoping steering column, aluminum cabin trim and doorsills, trip computer, AM/FM/XM/CD 180-watt 10-speaker stereo, fog lights, heated windshield washers, cruise control, halogen headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, power windows/locks/heated mirrors, fabric folding top with heated glass rear window and wind blocker
Options as tested (MSRP):
Convenience package including Audi music interface with iPod cable, HomeLink, Bluetooth ($1000); Lighting package including xenon headlamps with LED taillamps and DRLs ($850); heated front seats ($450)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.0-liter dohc 16-valve turbocharged I4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
211 @ 4300
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
258 @ 1500
8-speed automatic with manual feature
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
10.2 cu. ft.
not recommended Lbs.
independent, upper/lower A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
independent, trapezoidal link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
vented disc/solid disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of June 25, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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