2012 Audi A5

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Audi A5. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior quality
  • Ride quality
  • Folding backseat
  • Gas mileage
  • 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 2012 Audi A5

  • A5 coupe and Cabriolet (convertible) available
  • Standard turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Optional adaptive suspension
  • Optional adjustable drivetrain settings
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

2012 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 and Infiniti G37 coupe and convertible. The A5 seats four. Audi offers a performance version of the A5, the S5, that's covered separately in the Research section.

New for 2012
A new leather color, Cinnamon Brown Milano, is available for Premium versions of the A5, and the Premium Plus model adds a memory feature for the driver's seat and auto-dimming side mirrors. Adaptive headlights and a blind spot warning system are now included on Prestige models.

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 canvas 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
  • Optional 19-inch wheels
  • Optional LED taillights


Interior
Audi's Multi Media Interface system governs various functions, including the optional navigation system, with a central knob behind the gearshift. The system also features shortcut buttons surrounding the knob, but uninitiated drivers might still 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 sea...
Vehicle Overview

The A5 coupe and Cabriolet are aimed straight at their fellow two-door heartthrobs: the BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G37 coupe and convertible. The A5 seats four. Audi offers a performance version of the A5, the S5, that's covered separately in the Research section.

New for 2012
A new leather color, Cinnamon Brown Milano, is available for Premium versions of the A5, and the Premium Plus model adds a memory feature for the driver's seat and auto-dimming side mirrors. Adaptive headlights and a blind spot warning system are now included on Prestige models.

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 canvas 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
  • Optional 19-inch wheels
  • Optional LED taillights


Interior
Audi's Multi Media Interface system governs various functions, including the optional navigation system, with a central knob behind the gearshift. The system also features shortcut buttons surrounding the knob, but uninitiated drivers might still 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 Bang & Olufsen stereo


Under the Hood
All A5s use a 211-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The coupe comes only with all-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The Cabriolet is available with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission or all-wheel drive and the eight-speed automatic.

In normal conditions, the all-wheel-drive system 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. Mechanical features include:

  • 211-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 258 pounds-feet of torque
  • Uses premium gas
  • Available Audi Drive Select Package, which includes adaptive suspension dampers and a dynamic steering system


Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats (coupe)
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great car

by bnixon from Leawood, KS on May 5, 2018

I replaced my 2015 Mustang Convertible with an A5 Convertible. I wanted a convertible I could drive in the winter and the A5 has AWD. Performance is not a good as the Mustang, but gas mileage is ... Read full review

(4.0)

Great daily, sporty driver

by Jhinton198708 from Baltimore on January 13, 2018

I have the 2012 premium plus quattro coupe. I love it! The only two complaints is that the sunroof doesnt fully retract and also the mmi doesnt sync music bluetooth. You will need a seperate cord for ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Audi A5 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Audi A5 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Audi

Program Benefits

Comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, 1 Year/Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty coverage, transferability of the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and CARFAX® Vehicle History Report.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 Year / Unlimited Miles

    1 Year/ Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty features 1 Year / Unlimited Miles of warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired and coverage honored at over 300 Audi dealerships service centers throughout the U.S., total confidence is yours as you take the road less traveled.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

    See inspection details.

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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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