Regardless of its sporty coupe appears the Audi A5 may be very civilised and refined to drive. It’s primarily based on the identical chassis because the A4 saloon and comes with a spread of various suspension choices which alter the way in which it drives.
Flip right into a nook and the A5 on normal suspension, slightly than adaptive dampers, responds extra rapidly than a BMW 4 Sequence, plus there’s rather less physique roll. But the steering isn’t as effectively weighted because the BMW’s, whereas gentle torque steer upsets the front-wheel-drive A5’s composure when powering out of slower bends – the four-wheel-drive quattro mannequin is extra planted in related conditions.
Take issues simpler, and the A5 impresses as a relaxed and refined cruiser. On the usual suspension set-up it’s a bit of agency at low velocity, significantly on elective 19-inch alloys, however go quicker and the dampers do a superb job of filtering out highway imperfections. Wind noise can also be effectively suppressed, whereas the tall-striding seventh gear in automobiles fitted with the S tronic gearbox retains mechanical intrusion to a minimal.
Engines, 0-60 acceleration and high velocity
The entry-level engine is the 35 TFSI – a turbocharged two-litre with 148bhp and an 8.9-second 0-62mph time. The identical engine produces 201bhp within the 40 TFSI and 0-62mph takes 7.1 seconds. Essentially the most highly effective petrol engine in the usual vary is the 45 TFSI, which produces 261bhp and manages the 0-62mph dash in 5.5 seconds – thanks partially to its normal quattro four-wheel drive system.
The 35 TDI 2.0-litre diesel makes 161bhp and might hit 62mph from relaxation in 8.2 seconds, whereas the 201bhp 40 TDI reaches 60mph in 6.9 seconds with quattro four-wheel drive. All fashions use the identical seven-speed automated gearbox. It is price noting that the entry-level Sport trim is not supplied with the extra highly effective 40 or 45 TFSI petrol engine or 40 TDI diesel.
The highest-of-the-range RS5 is powered by a 2.9-litre V6 with 444bhp – 0-62mph takes 3.9 seconds and high velocity is electronically restricted to 155mph.