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Audi A5 Coupé

(2016 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

59
%
C

Used car score:

56
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

61
%
B

Reliability Rating:

38
%
E

Running Costs:

44
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

59
%
C

Used car score:

56
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

68
%
C

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

61
%
B

Reliability Rating:

38
%
E

Running Costs:

44
%
D

Summary


The Audi A5 is – more or less – a sleeker and more attractive coupé version of the Audi A4 saloon. The current model is the second generation, which was launched at the end of 2016 and received a mild update in 2019.

The A5 range consists of the A5 Coupé shown here, as well as the A5 Cabriolet and A5 Sportback, which is a five-door liftback. The higher-performance S5 Coupé is included here, but the even-faster RS 5 Coupé is a substantially different vehicle so has its own page as well.

The consensus from reviewers is that the Audi A5 is more of a comfortable grand tourer and less of a sporting vehicle than the rival BMW 4 Series. As with most Audis, the interior is a comfortable and high-quality environment from which to pilot the vehicle, but the driving experience is rather uneventful.

As of March 2024, the A5 has an Expert Rating score of C (56%) – only a fraction of a percentage point above a D score, which is what it scores as a used car. It’s let down by a historically poor reliability score and high running costs.

Audi A5 highlights

  • High-quality cabin
  • Understated style, if you want to be subtle
  • All-wheel-drive versions provide plenty of grip
  • Very comfortable and ergonomic driving position

Audi A5 lowlights

  • Driving experience can’t match the BMW 4 Series
  • S line suspension and/or big wheels make ride harsh
  • Lacks any real emotional punch
  • Questionable reliability

Key specifications


Body style: 2+2 coupé
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £40,720 on-road

Launched: Winter 2016/17
Last updated: Autumn 2019
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2016
Date expired: January 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 89%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 75%
Safety assist: 75%

Notes on safety rating

The Audi A5 was originally assessed by Euro NCAP back in 2016 and awarded a five-star rating. The Audi A5 Coupé and A5 Sportback share their safety rating with the Audi A4 range. The A5 Cabriolet does not have a safety rating as a result of the significant differences in its structure.

However, this rating expired in January 2022 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used A5 Coupé to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of March 2024, the Audi A5 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. If the A5 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Audi A5 family has a below reliability score of 40%, according to workshop data provided by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. This applies to all versions of the Audi A5 (cabriolet, coupé, Sportback) and to both generations (2007–2016 and 2017 onwards).

The big thing to look for is suspension trouble. As the MotorEasy data above shows, this is the most common issue found on Audi A5 models, usually costing around £500 to correct. Engine issues are almost as common and a lot more expensive, with the average repair cost clocking in at more than £1,200. 

Gearbox problems have also been known to crop up and are by far the most expensive faults, costing around the £3,000 mark. Bear all of this in mind if you’re looking at a used Audi A5.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models43 mpgC35 – 53 mpgB – D
Diesel models51 mpgB39 – 59 mpgA – D
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models156 g/kmB140 – 184 g/kmB – C
Diesel models147 g/kmB125 – 188 g/kmA – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models36C26 – 47B – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£283C
Year 2£743C
Year 3£1,235C
Year 4£1,513C
Year 5£2,041C
Overall£5,815C

The Audi A5 Coupé has fairly average running costs, according to data exclusively provided by our commercial partner Clear Vehicle Data.

Petrol models offer 43 mpg on average, making the coupé more efficient than petrol versions of the A5 Cabriolet and four-door A5 Sportback. As you might expect, diesel models are the more fuel efficient choice. Insurance premiums and maintenance costs are pretty average when compared with its coupé rivals.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi A5 has received

2020

  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Coupé

2019

  • What Car? Awards – Best Coupé
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Coupé

2018

  • What Car? Awards – Best Coupé, £30K – £50K
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Coupé

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Audi A5, you might also be interested in these alternatives

BMW 4 Series | Ford Mustang | Lexus RC | Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

The junior executive coupé market has never been that heavily populated. The big three German rivals all maintain a presence, but no-one else has really shown much interest for a while. Lexus joined in for a while with the RC but that is no longer available, while Infiniti had its Q60 coupé a few years ago when the brand was still selling cars in Europe. The Ford Mustang is a similar size but appeals to a rather different demographic, and that’s basically your lot.

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