Summary, Prices, Specs

By November 5, 2012

Summary

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
Model lineup: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)
Engines:211-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4; 333-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6; 450-hp 4.2-liter V8
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 8-speed Tiptronic automatic; 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic; continuously variable automatic
Safety equipment (standard):two-stage driver and adaptive passenger frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags, Backguard headrests; electronic stability control, ABS, EBD, all-wheel drive, tire pressure monitors
Safety equipment (optional):all-wheel drive; rearview camera
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Ingolstadt, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Audi A5 2.0T Cabriolet Premium ($45,450)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):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)
Destination charge:$895
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$48645
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter dohc 16-valve turbocharged I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):211 @ 4300
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):258 @ 1500
Transmission:8-speed automatic with manual feature
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:20/30 mpg
Wheelbase:108.3 in.
Length/width/height:182.1/73.0/54.4 in.
Track, f/r:62.6/62.1 in.
Turning circle:37.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.0/na/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.3/na/31.9 in.
Cargo volume:10.2 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:not recommended Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, upper/lower A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, trapezoidal link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:4.1 in.
Curb weigth:4045 lbs.
Tires:245/40R18
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/solid disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:16.9 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of November 5, 2012.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-367-2834 - www.audiusa.com