2018 Motor Pattern Automotive of the 12 months Contender

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We Like: Plain benchmark match and end, high-speed stability, digital cockpit

We Do not Like: Anodyne driving dynamics, 2.0T’s idle, abnormal execution

“I prefer it. There’s actually nothing fallacious with it. I simply do not adore it.” This was a typical A5/S5 sentiment in the course of the analysis part of our Automotive of the 12 months contest. Angus MacKenzie rightly posited that each of those vehicles really feel evolutionary, not revolutionary.

What they do nicely is what each new Audi does: showcase sheetmetal stamped and assembled with the exacting consideration to element in any other case discovered on Savile Row. You will not discover a single contender this 12 months with strains so crisp, panel gaps so tight, and particulars so elegant (just like the clamshell hoods’ cutlines, which begin the crease that runs from tip to tail).

The identical elegant contact holds true inside, with the A5 incomes a majority vote for the cleanest, most refined interiors within the biz. We particularly respect the engineering and design of Audi’s beautiful digital cockpit instrument panel.

However we count on these items from Audi. When it got here to driving, neither model stood out from the gang. Each autobahn-bred sedans have been rock-steady on the high-speed oval, and true, the S5’s efficiency cred proved higher on paper than its baritone V-8 predecessor.

What bought misplaced together with the curvy physique was the velvet-hammer high quality it as soon as wielded, and neither exploited its all-wheel drive to boost the expertise. When pushed close to their limits on the winding monitor, wrinkles started to floor. The most important thorn within the S5’s foot was the upstart Kia Stinger GT, which offered comparable (although extra fussy) appears to be like and aggressive dynamics at a greater value.

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2018 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T 2018 Audi S5 Sportback 3.0T
BASE PRICE $43,775 $55,375
PRICE AS TESTED $55,300 $68,350
VEHICLE LAYOUT Entrance-engine, AWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback
ENGINE 2.0L/252-hp/273-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 3.0L/354-hp/369-lb-ft turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6
TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto 8-speed automated
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,649 lb (56/44%) 4,027 lb (56/44%)
WHEELBASE 108.8 in 111.2 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 184.0 x 72.7 x 54.0 in 187.1 x 72.6 x 54.5 in
0-60 MPH 5.2 sec 4.5 sec
QUARTER MILE 13.8 sec @ 100.5 mph 13.1 sec @ 106.0 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 117 ft 105 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.85 g (avg) 0.93 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.3 sec @ 0.71 g (avg) 25.0 sec @ 0.76 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 24/34/27 mpg 21/30/24 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 140/99 kW-hrs/100 miles 160/112 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.70 lb/mile 0.80 lb/mile


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