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Audi A5 Coupé

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Audi A5 Coupé

(2016 – present)

    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. Those models are not covered here and we’re building separate pages for them, so check back again soon. The higher-performance S5 Coupé is included here, but the even-faster RS 5 Coupé is a substantially different vehicle so will also have 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 May 2022, the A5 has an Expert Rating of 72% based on 26 different UK media reviews. That currently puts it about 10% behind the BMW 4 Series Coupé.

    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
    • So understated it borders on anonymous
    • S line suspension and/or big wheels make ride harsh
    • Lacks any real emotional punch

    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
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

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

    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.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of May 2022, 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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    The Audi A5 has a slightly better-than-average reliability score, according to extended warranty cost data provided by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. Please note, however, that 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 gearbox trouble. As the MotorEasy data above shows, this is by far the most common issue found on Audi A5 models – and it’s also the most expensive, with the average repair cost clocking in at not much less than £3,000. Bear this in mind if you’re looking at a used Audi A5.

    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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    Audi A5 CoupéThe Audi A5 is a sophisticated, refined and comfortable coupé, but it's uninspiring to drive and lacks emotional punch.