The brand new Audi A5’s exterior form is evolutionary, however there are enhancements aplenty in the best way the automotive drives. The physique is definitely new, even when it doesn’t actually appear to be it: There’s a brand new entrance finish with a wider grille, the xenon headlights are mounted increased and the edges are smoothed out some — much less creasy. An Audi slappy in my neighborhood stated the brand new automotive appears to be like “fatter.” I disagree. It’s good wanting. So there ya go.
It’s nonetheless a superb coupe to drive — in truth, extra so. The driving enhancements embrace the steering, which feels extra direct than earlier than and now has respectable weight in any respect however the slowest speeds. The adjustable suspension’s consolation and dynamic modes do what their names recommend, however now it looks like there may be extra distinction between the 2. I most well-liked consolation. I discovered dynamic good at first however then just a little too tough as time went on. It obtained just a little tiresome.
To me the engine is the largest enchancment. Horsepower is elevated solely marginally and I believed off-the-line acceleration felt about the identical. It’s the mid and better ranges the place I discovered it way more pleasant — it felt fairly a bit faster from 70 mph and up. That equals extra enjoyable. The factor was only a hoot on the freeway.
The smoothness and fluidity stay, so total I might say refined enhancements are the secret right here.
–Wes Raynal, editor
I can see precisely what Raynal’s Audi slappy neighbor is speaking about: The brand new A5 appears to be like a bit heftier, one thing I attribute to the broader grille and power-domed hood. Plus, there are just a few extra character strains on the flanks; the beltline is especially well-defined. I may do with out the additional visible mass, however the profile stays one of many extra good-looking within the enterprise. I believe I appreciated the final one higher on the skin.
All in all, although, it’s nonetheless a handsome automotive inside and outside, and the optionally available Audi Digital Cockpit instrument cluster stays (to me, a minimum of) one of many best-integrated and enticing items of show tech on the market. The cabin is sparser and cleaner than that of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which works for flowing, swoopy luxurious. Which do you favor? There’s no unsuitable reply.
As for the drive: The two.0-liter 4 doles out clean, ample energy, however it’s not a scorcher. No, not even in dynamic mode. This stays a extremely competent, grown-up luxurious coupe, however I’d hesitate to name it sporty — it’s too mature for that. Its 3,605 kilos of curb weight don’t assist.
Guide partisans, word you could nonetheless get the A5 quattro with a six-speed — robust to say how lengthy Audi might be providing a stick, so don’t dally when you can’t abdomen the thought of an computerized. It could enliven the driving expertise right here just a little bit, or a minimum of make it extra participating (even when it didn’t do something to make the automotive any quicker). Should you’re searching for a row-your-own expertise in an S5, you’re already SOL.
–Graham Kozak, options editor
Choices: Status package deal with heated, auto-dimming, power-folding exterior mirrors, alarm system, satellite tv for pc radio, Audi superior key, heated, 10-way energy entrance seats, LED headlights, Audi facet help with pre-sense rear, leatherette-covered heart console, premium sound, parking system plus with top-view digital camera, head-up show, LED inside lighting, Audi digital cockpit, Audi MMI navigation, Audi join ($7,600); Driver help package deal with adaptive cruise management and Audi lane help, high-beam assistant and visitors signal recognition ($1,800); adaptive damping suspension ($1,000); moonlight blue metallic ($575); high-gloss darkish brown walnut wooden inlays ($350); heated steering wheel ($200)
Car Mannequin Info
ON SALE: Now
BASE PRICE: $43,775
AS TESTED PRICE: $55,300
POWERTRAIN: 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged I4, AWD seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
OUTPUT: 252 hp @ 5,000-6,000 rpm; 273 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500 rpm
CURB WEIGHT: 3,605 lb
FUEL ECONOMY: 24/34/27 mpg
PROS: Nonetheless appears to be like nice, even with the modifications; provides a handbook
CONS: New styling works higher on the S5
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