2017 Audi A5Change Vehicle
of the 2017 Audi A5 base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Interior quality
- Ride quality
- Folding backseat
- Gas mileage
- Strong brakes
- Convertible top takes little trunk space
- Occasional drivetrain lag
- Some wind noise
- Hard backrests
- Some confusing controls
- Coupe or convertible
- Audi Connect communication system available
- 220-horsepower, turbo four-cylinder standard
- S5 performance version available
- Adaptive suspension available
The Audi A5 is a perfectly pleasant, if dated, personal luxury coupe.
Versus the Competition
The A5 is less powerful than just about any of its competitors, but it doesn't feel slower. The A5 is soon to be redesigned, but right now its equipment and safety systems are outmatched by the older BMW 4 Series, Lexus RC, Cadillac ATS and the newly updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.
Editor's note: This review was written in April 2016 for the 2016 model, but little has changed for 2017. An all-new model is arriving for the 2018 model year.
Audi's compact luxury lineup is in the middle of being refreshed, with the new 2017 A4 arriving this spring. That leaves the related S4 sport sedan and A5 coupe still soldiering on as 2016 models without an update yet. There aren't many changes for 2016 for the A5 (compare the 2015 and 2016 models here), limited to some newly standard features on the Premium and Premium Plus trim levels. We had one last look at the latest edition to see if it still can be competitive against the newest crop of compact luxury coupes, or if it's a better idea to wait for the redesign.
Exterior & Styling
The A5's shape is familiar by now, but that doesn't make it any less attractive. My test car came in a ghostly light gray with black wheels, a combination that really sets off the subtle muscular curves of the coupe's profile. The roof is lower than that of the A4, making it a bit of a twisting effort to get in or out, but this is the price one pays for going for the sexier coupe versus the more formal sedan.
Styling doesn't often change much from one generation to another in this category. Among German competitors, the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class look fresh but not terribly “new.” The Japanese are getting more adventurous, however, with the Lexus RC 350 and Infiniti Q60, so ... Read more
Our View: 2017 Audi A5
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Very comfortable and great handling.
Great car with plenty of room in front and back. Loaded with amenities and accessories. Vehicle has great handling and performance. Read full review