Review: Audi A5 Coupé

Review: Audi A5 Coupé
Review: Audi A5 Coupé

Can this coupé deliver more than streamlined looks?

It’s a handsome thing, the A5 Coupé, and it comes with some great engines. But is it a practical proposition for everyday motoring? The coupé market certainly has its fans, as well as its competitors like the BMW 4 Series or the Mercedes C-Class Coupé, so what goes on behind the lines?

You can back up the looks with a V6 petrol engine in the S5, but the 3.0-litre V6 diesel is a luscious choice. Its 216bhp is more than enough, particularly when linked to the seven-speed auto transmission. But the shocker is the way the torque piles in. Powering through the four-wheel drive system, it allows you to accelerate at a monstrous rate, all without even making a tyre squeal.
Mind you, the 2.0-litre diesel with 187bhp is really quite enough for most people, albeit with front-wheel drive.

Along with the choice of engines come three levels of suspension. The standard passive set-up can be replaced by an adaptive system or, if you want, there is the much firmer S line system which doesn’t have adaptive dampers but is the sportier choice so long as you don’t mind a very firm ride.

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The adaptive suspension system does take the bumps and grinds out of most roads and, if you have it in the firmer of the two settings, it will also help the car ride flat through the corners, even at speed. Audi has tried to make this a sportier proposition than the A4, to go with those looks, but it’s only partially successful. The steering is uncommunicative and while the A5 Coupé handles well, it’s not a totally involving driver’s car.

If you want to avoid as much road noise as possible, we’d go for smaller wheel sizes, and then you’re ensuring the cabin stays pleasantly quiet. As ever, this is an Audi cabin and it’s just first-rate. Gorgeous materials, fit and finish abound, and there’s ample room for four occupants. The rear two won’t have any problems, despite those swooping lines, although very tall people might struggle slightly with rear headroom. Even the boot is a good size and easy to access.

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The seven-inch display is easily accessed through a rotary dial, although if we had the money we’d go for the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit as that is a practical as well as a good-looking addition.

Quite a few of these will be bought as company cars we suspect, and that makes a good case for the 2.0-litre diesel model. It’s priced about the same as its main competitors but with 105g/km of CO2 it comes in usefully below them on emissions. The A5 Coupé is a bit more than the A4, but you’re gaining some style while not really losing any of the practicality.

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