2011 Audi A5

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Audi A5. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior quality
  • Ride quality
  • Folding backseat
  • Gas mileage with four-cylinder
  • Strong brakes
  • Convertible top takes little trunk space

The Bad

  • No folding hardtop
  • Occasional drivetrain lag
  • Some wind noise
  • Hard backrests
  • Some confusing controls

Notable Features of the 2011 Audi A5

  • A5 coupe and Cabriolet (convertible) available
  • Standard turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Available V-6 (A5 coupe only)
  • Optional adaptive suspension
  • Optional adjustable drivetrain settings
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

2011 Audi A5 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The A5 coupe and Cabriolet are aimed straight at their fellow two-door heartthrobs: the BMW 3 Series coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class. Like its Deutschland competitors, the A5 seats four. Audi offers a performance version of the A5, the S5, that is covered separately in the Research section.

New for 2011
Aside from a few changes to option packages, there are no significant changes for 2011.

Exterior
The A5 is instantly recognizable as an Audi, with the brand's customary wide-mouth grille flanked by lower air intakes. The Cabriolet has a power folding roof with thick acoustic fabric that keeps the interior as quiet as a hardtop, Audi says. Exterior features include:
  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Dark lower rear bumper
  • Optional LED taillights
  • New optional 19-inch wheel design


Interior
Audi's Multi Media Interface system governs various functions including the optional navigation system with a central knob behind the gearshift. Thanks to more than a dozen shortcut buttons surrounding the knob, it's easier to use than BMW's similar iDrive, but uninitiated drivers might find it confusing. The A5 has an extensive range of materials to choose from, including two-tone leather/Alcantara seats and several decorative interior trim options. Interior features include:
  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard MP3 jack
  • Standard leather seats
  • Optional three-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional sportier seats
  • Optional 14-speaker sound sys...
Vehicle Overview

The A5 coupe and Cabriolet are aimed straight at their fellow two-door heartthrobs: the BMW 3 Series coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class. Like its Deutschland competitors, the A5 seats four. Audi offers a performance version of the A5, the S5, that is covered separately in the Research section.

New for 2011
Aside from a few changes to option packages, there are no significant changes for 2011.

Exterior
The A5 is instantly recognizable as an Audi, with the brand's customary wide-mouth grille flanked by lower air intakes. The Cabriolet has a power folding roof with thick acoustic fabric that keeps the interior as quiet as a hardtop, Audi says. Exterior features include:
  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Dark lower rear bumper
  • Optional LED taillights
  • New optional 19-inch wheel design


Interior
Audi's Multi Media Interface system governs various functions including the optional navigation system with a central knob behind the gearshift. Thanks to more than a dozen shortcut buttons surrounding the knob, it's easier to use than BMW's similar iDrive, but uninitiated drivers might find it confusing. The A5 has an extensive range of materials to choose from, including two-tone leather/Alcantara seats and several decorative interior trim options. Interior features include:
  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard MP3 jack
  • Standard leather seats
  • Optional three-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional sportier seats
  • Optional 14-speaker sound system


Under the Hood
The A5's engine features variable valve lift control (similar to Honda's VTEC) and direct fuel injection. In normal conditions, the all-wheel drive channels 60 percent of power to the rear wheels. With the manual transmission, Audi says the A5 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 6 seconds.
  • 211-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 258 pounds-feet of torque
  • 265-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 with 243 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Audi Drive Select Package available, including adaptive suspension dampers and dynamic steering system
  • Six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic or continuously variable automatic transmission with sport mode, depending on model


Safety
The navigation package includes a voice control system. Standard safety features include:
  • Side-impact airbags for front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system



Latest 2011 A5 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Fun to drive

by Da20capt from Crossville tn on June 28, 2018

I have owned this car for one month. The Cabriolet it?s fun to drive. There are a lot of cool features on the interior. My car has 83,000 Miles, and the engine is completely tight and clean. I would ... Read full review

(5.0)

Speed. Stylish, always look new

by Mike Z from Woodland Hills, California on December 16, 2017

I like audi 2011 a5 coupe Quattro with premium plus package because this is same design as 2016 series of a5 and it look brand new car. A speedy German car ! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Audi A5 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Audi A5 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Audi
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The A5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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