An evolutionary step for considered one of our favourite coupes

The brand new Audi A5’s exterior form is evolutionary, however there are enhancements aplenty in the best way the automobile drives. The physique is definitely new, even when it doesn’t actually appear like it: There’s a brand new entrance finish with a wider grille, the xenon headlights are mounted increased and the edges are smoothed out some — much less creasy. An Audi slappy in my neighborhood mentioned the brand new automobile seems to be “fatter.” I disagree. It’s good trying. So there ya go.

It’s nonetheless a advantageous coupe to drive — actually, extra so. The driving enhancements embody the steering, which feels extra direct than earlier than and now has first rate weight in any respect however the slowest speeds. The adjustable suspension’s consolation and dynamic modes do what their names counsel, however now it looks like there’s extra distinction between the 2. I most well-liked consolation. I discovered dynamic good at first however then just a little too tough as time went on. It acquired just a little tiresome.

To me the engine is the largest enchancment. Horsepower is elevated solely marginally and I believed off-the-line acceleration felt about the identical. It’s the mid and better ranges the place I discovered it far more pleasant — it felt fairly a bit faster from 70 mph and up. That equals extra enjoyable. The factor was only a hoot on the freeway.

The smoothness and fluidity stay, so total I’d say delicate enhancements are the secret right here.

–Wes Raynal, editor


I can see precisely what Raynal’s Audi slappy neighbor is speaking about: The brand new A5 seems to be a bit heftier, one thing I attribute to the broader grille and power-domed hood. Plus, there are a couple of extra character strains on the flanks; the beltline is especially well-defined. I may do with out the additional visible mass, however the profile stays one of many extra good-looking within the enterprise. I believe I favored the final one higher on the skin.

All in all, although, it’s nonetheless a handsome automobile inside and outside, and the non-compulsory Audi Digital Cockpit instrument cluster stays (to me, a minimum of) one of many best-integrated and enticing items of show tech on the market. The cabin is sparser and cleaner than that of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which works for flowing, swoopy luxurious. Which do you like? There’s no flawed reply.

As for the drive: The two.0-liter 4 doles out clean, ample energy, nevertheless it’s not a scorcher. No, not even in dynamic mode. This stays a very competent, grown-up luxurious coupe, however I’d hesitate to name it sporty — it’s too mature for that. Its 3,605 kilos of curb weight don’t assist.

Guide partisans, be aware that you would be able to nonetheless get the A5 quattro with a six-speed — powerful to say how lengthy Audi will likely be providing a stick, so don’t dally should you can’t abdomen the thought of an computerized. It will enliven the driving expertise right here just a little bit, or a minimum of make it extra partaking (even when it didn’t do something to make the automobile any sooner). In the event you’re searching for a row-your-own expertise in an S5, you’re already SOL.

–Graham Kozak, options editor

The 2018 Audi A5 has Audi drive select with four different modes – comfort, auto, dynamic and individual – which allows the driver to change gear shift points, steering, available damper control and adaptive cruise control adjustments.

The 2018 Audi A5 has Audi drive choose with 4 completely different modes – consolation, auto, dynamic and particular person – which permits the motive force to alter gear shift factors, steering, accessible damper management and adaptive cruise management changes.

Choices: Status package deal with heated, auto-dimming, power-folding exterior mirrors, alarm system, satellite tv for pc radio, Audi superior key, heated, 10-way energy entrance seats, LED headlights, Audi aspect help with pre-sense rear, leatherette-covered middle console, premium sound, parking system plus with top-view digicam, head-up show, LED inside lighting, Audi digital cockpit, Audi MMI navigation, Audi join ($7,600); Driver help package deal with adaptive cruise management and Audi lane help, high-beam assistant and visitors signal recognition ($1,800); adaptive damping suspension ($1,000); moonlight blue metallic ($575); high-gloss darkish brown walnut wooden inlays ($350); heated steering wheel ($200)

Car Mannequin Data


BASE PRICE: $43,775


POWERTRAIN: 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged I4, AWD seven-speed dual-clutch transmission

OUTPUT: 252 hp @ 5,000-6,000 rpm; 273 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500 rpm

CURB WEIGHT: 3,605 lb

FUEL ECONOMY: 24/34/27 mpg

PROS: Nonetheless seems to be nice, even with the adjustments; presents a guide

CONS: New styling works higher on the S5

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