The Audi A5 is the ride to grab if you want to drive in style and luxury and experience above-average driving dynamics. It is competing in the segment against other entrants like the Cadillac CTS and BMW 4 Series. Its high-performance counterpart, the S5, is also worth checking out.
NEW FOR THE 2014 A5
- inclusion of Drive Select in the Sport Package
- standard iPod connectivity and Bluetooth on all models
- 220-hp engine
- optional Black Optic Package
UNDER THE HOOD
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which puts out 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque now, is under the hood of the 2014 Audi A5. The coupe has a 6-speed manual transmission which sends power to all wheels. An 8-speed automatic is optional. The cabriolet, on the other hand, has a front-wheel drive system and a continuously variable transmission or CVT. All-wheel drive is optional as well as an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Here’s how the EPA rated the A5’s fuel economy for 2014:
|6-spd manual, AWD||22 mpg||32 mpg||26 mpg|
|CVT, FWD||24 mpg||32 mpg||27 mpg|
|8-spd automatic, AWD||20 mpg||29 mpg||24 mpg|
ON THE ROAD
Even if Audi did not design the A5 for performance driving, it still delivers thrilling driving experience. Body control is impressive and ride quality is pleasant. Traction is great with the all-wheel drive system.
The four-cylinder engine sitting under the A5’s hood gives the coupe/cabriolet a decent boost and good gas mileage. It is not, however, as refined as a V6 engine. If you are craving for more speed and more exciting driving experience, consider getting the Audi S5, the high-performance version of the A5.
INSIDE THE 2014 A5
The A5’s interior is certainly not one of its drawbacks. All materials are high-grade and the design itself is classy. The front seats are roomy and comfortable even for long trips, but the back seats may be small for taller passengers. The cabriolet’s trunk has a respectable 10.2 cubic feet of space with the fabric top down.
The MMI is one of the cabin issues in the A5. It offers great technology to simplify the operation of the car’s functions but it isn’t really that intuitive. Some reviewers even wrote that it is confusing.
The Audi A5 is available as a coupe or a cabriolet and has three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.
The Premium models are equipped with daytime running lights, automatic headlights, fog lights, tri-zone automatic climate control, multifunction sport steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, panoramic sunroof (coupe), acoustic folding roof (cabriolet), leather seats, 8-way power driver seat, folding rear seatbacks, driver information system, 10-speaker CD/MP3/AM/FM audio system, satellite radio, iPod integration, Bluetooth, cruise control, 18-inch wheels, and rain-sensing wipers.
The Premium Plus trim adds keyless ignition and entry, auto-dimming heated exterior mirrors, driver seat memory, heated front seats, and auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass.
The A5 Prestige gets xenon headlights, LED taillights and rear fog lights, navigation system, Audi Connect, color driver information system, 14-speaker (12 speakers in cabriolet) Bang & Olufsen audio system, HD radio, Audi side assist, and rearview camera.
Some of the options being offered are 19-inch wheels, Audi S line Competition Package, flat-bottom steering wheel, black cloth headliner, upgraded leather seating surfaces, ventilated front seats, 12-way power front sport seats, Audi Drive Select, and adaptive cruise control.
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