2023 Audi A5 Assessment, Pricing, and Specs
Supplied as a hard-shell coupe or droptop convertible, the Audi A5 is a four-seat two-door that sports activities a chic design and a sizeable cargo maintain. Whereas we assessment the four-door A5 Sportback individually, all A5 fashions—no matter door depend—function customary all-wheel-drive and share a 261-hp turbocharged four-cylinder that mates to a seven-speed automated transmission. These searching for further energy can step as much as the 349-hp S5, which cranks up the two-door’s dynamic efficiency however prices practically $10,000 extra. (Audi additionally provides the coupe in 444-hp RS 5 kind. Plan on dropping north of $75,000 for this mannequin.)
The A5, nevertheless, delivers an entertaining drive with out the harsher experience of its extra highly effective kin. Though its driver-centric cabin forgoes some anticipated comforts, akin to adequately padded armrests, the A5’s beneficiant cargo house makes it a surprisingly sensible and well-rounded selection.
What’s New for 2023?
Audi makes a number of tools adjustments to the A5 for 2023. All A5s now embody customary S line exterior design decor, illuminated door sills, grey oak pure wooden inlays, sport entrance seats, Matrix-design LED headlights, and new 18-inch wheels. Premium Plus fashions now embody a Bang & Olufsen sound system. The Black Optic Plus bundle brings a black rear lip, spoiler, and exhaust suggestions, whereas the Comfort bundle now contains adaptive cruise management. A brand new Audi Sport inside bundle is obtainable, as properly, and it provides crimson stitching and carbon inlays from the RS5. Lastly, Chronos Grey replaces the A5’s beforehand out there Quantum Grey exterior paint colour.
Pricing and Which One to Purchase
We advocate the mid-range Premium Plus trim stage because it’s the very best stability of options and worth. It comes with nice-to-haves akin to the corporate’s digital gauge show, keyless entry with push-button begin, and a wi-fi charging pad. The toughest resolution right here is whether or not to go topless or not, however we finally suppose it’s greatest to stay with the cheaper coupe.
Engine, Transmission, and Efficiency
Whereas we’ve not pushed the 2023 A5, which makes use of a 261-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, we have now examined the A5 with its earlier 248-hp engine. Even with 13 fewer horses, the A5 output proved to be downright quick, sprinting to 60 mph in simply 5.0-seconds—simply six-tenths of a second behind the 400-hp Infiniti Q60 Red Sport. Composed and planted when cruising, the A5 comes alive on twisty roads; correct, well-weighted steering enhances the suspension’s agility, and the A5 is simple to drive rapidly. The Quattro all-wheel-drive system helps, too, aiding the chassis’ stability and offering faultless energy supply out of tight corners.
Gas Economic system and Actual-World MPG
The A5 coupe is predicted to earn 24 mpg within the metropolis and 31 mpg on the freeway, however the metropolis score drops to 23 mpg for the drop-top variant. As soon as we run the A5 fashions on our 75-mph freeway fuel-economy route, which is a part of our extensive testing regimen, we are able to consider their real-world mpg. For extra details about the A5’s gasoline economic system, go to the EPA’s website.
Inside, Consolation, and Cargo
Trendy, trendy, and properly constructed, the A5’s cabin is a snug place to whereas away miles. Properly, not less than for these up—the rear seat is tight. Nonetheless, the inside design will certainly stand the check of time. The A5’s insides ooze high quality from each panel. In our Premium Plus check automobile, finely grained, soft-touch plastics mingled with textured aluminum trim.
As you slide behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel, a motorized arm pushes the seatbelt ahead to inside simple attain of your left shoulder. The seat bottoms are slender however present sufficient consolation and assist for lengthy freeway journeys, and a guide thigh extension ought to fulfill the long-legged.
Every little thing seems to be and feels fantastically assembled, sturdy, and stable. The one lacking attribute is a way of luxurious. The armrests are thinly padded, whereas different high-end touches are merely lacking—akin to heated rear seats or a power-adjustable steering wheel.
The coupe’s roomy trunk and versatile, flat-folding rear seatbacks present an surprising quantity of cargo capability, although. We additionally match 16 carry-on suitcases inside with the rear seats folded. It is too dangerous the varied storage bins and cubbies aren’t as helpful. You may simply discover locations for smartphones, snacks, and different small objects, however bulkier objects akin to oversize water bottles can be left with out properties.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Audi provides loads of customary infotainment options on all A5 fashions, together with Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming and USB connectivity. A ten.1-inch touchscreen is a floating aspect atop the A5’s dashboard. The infotainment setup is appropriate with each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation is non-obligatory, as is a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Security and Driver-Help Options
It is value noting that automated emergency braking and lane-departure warning are customary, however the A5’s extra fascinating driver-assistance features stay choices.
For extra details about the A5’s crash-test outcomes, go to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) web sites. Key security options embody:
- Normal ahead collision warning with automated emergency braking
- Normal lane-departure warning
- Out there adaptive cruise management
Guarantee and Upkeep Protection
Audi’s guarantee is common for the phase, matching a lot of its rivals in protection however exceeding none.
- Restricted guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled upkeep