- Head-turning two-door coupe style and architecture.
- Driving ease and familiarity despite more imposing external dimensions.
- Trend-setting infotainment presentation.
Audi has launched sharper-looking and technically upgraded versions of its mid-size A5 Coupe. As well as enhancing the two-door car’s long, low and wide look, there’s a significant boost to infotainment and intelligent interaction between the various driver assistance systems. While much of that technology is buried in smart computer-controlled modules, there’s one feature that’s right in your face.
Audi pioneered the adjustable dash display, where the usual digital dials can be reduced in size to reveal a full navigation screen directly in front of the driver. That navigation screen now is linked to an online hardware module, Audi Connect, which offers features including navigation with Google Earth, local search and Google Street View, just like your laptop. The Audi virtual cockpit, which is standard in the A5 coupe, also embraces the full suite of connectivity features including DVD, 2 x SDXC card reader, 10GB flash memory, AUX jack and USB connection, Bluetooth and voice control, plus a 10-speaker sound system. Audi also provides five free navigation updates at six-monthly intervals.
The A5 Coupe provides a choice of two versions of the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, all coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Top of the range is the 185kW/370Nm petrol engine fitted to the quattro all-wheel-drive version, while the entry front-wheel drive gets the 140kW/320Nm engine. Government figures show the heavier quattro model returns 6.5L/100km while the two-wheel-drive does 5.5L. The diesel offers 140kW and 400Nm but surprisingly that torque is not lower in the rev range than the petrol model. The official fuel figure is just 4.5L/100km.
The front-wheel drive A5 we tested delivered surprising agility and an easy driving manner thanks in part to maximum torque produced from just 1450rpm right through to 5200rpm. The A5 also features a significant upgrade to the design of its dual-clutch auto, with the clutches mounted in-line rather than one above the other, which reduces friction and weight, thereby improving efficiency, shift speed and silkiness.
The long-door coupe design presents some access issues, notably in tight parking spots, but once settled behind the wheel there is a remarkable feeling of comfort and support that fits nicely with the engaging virtual dash design.
The A5 Coupe comes with an up-rated chassis featuring forged aluminium control arms, reducing front end weight by more than 6kg, and a long wheelbase at 2664mm. The electromechanical power steering, a compact new development from Audi, saves 3.5kg and overall the A5 delivers luxury class ride quality without losing any of its renowned handling prowess. If anything, the new car feels even more spontaneous and precise.
Audi’s list pricing for our entry-level 2.0 TFSI S-tronic sport is $69,900, with options including metallic paint, 18-inch alloy wheels, Milano leather and Assistance package taking it to $75,143 plus on-road costs.