Automobile Assessment: 2014 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro Technik

Some of the stunning vehicles for the cash, Audi’s mid-size 2+2’s refined type continues to impress

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Overview Audi’s mid-size 2+2’s refined type continues to impress.
Execs Some of the stunning vehicles for the cash; all-wheel traction with refined highway manners; ergonomically wonderful and cozy cockpit.
Cons Cosy rear-seat lodging.
What would I modify? The cooking A5 is so good to drive it’s exhausting to not be tempted by the faster S and RS fashions.

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Nothing says, “Take a look at me!” like a trendy, two-door coupe. And Audi’s A5 continues to attract the proper of consideration.

After a two-decade absence, Germany’s Audi re-entered the two-door market with the 2007 A5 and its sportier S5 coupes. Crucial acclaim instantly adopted, particularly for the way the A5 2+2 regarded. Based mostly on the 2003 Nuvolari Grand Touring coupe idea, the manufacturing model regarded as if it had been chiseled out of a slab of marble. However now after seven years available on the market, does the large Audi coupe nonetheless reduce it with fickle coupe patrons?

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Based mostly on its elegant exterior alone, my topline $55,295 (all costs embrace freight and pre-delivery inspection charges) 2014 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro Technik tester definitely doesn’t look dated.

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2014 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro Technik

Inside Audi’s rising household of two-door coupes — together with the not-unattractive TT and R8 sports activities vehicles and the forthcoming compact A3 Cabriolet — the mid-size A5 is arguably essentially the most refined trying. Countering the austere, Bauhaus designs from the Nineteen Nineties, the A5 2+2 broke the automaker’s former chilly design mould like a heat Tuscan dawn. Of explicit notice: The Audi coupe’s singular, flowing fender line that begins on the headlights and ends on the taillights makes the A5 seem like a German Olympic athlete wearing an Italian swimsuit.

Open the 2014 Audi A5 Coupe’s doorways and the model’s well-known inside design nonetheless shines. In comparison with rivals just like the BMW 4 Sequence Coupe or Mercedes-Benz compact C- or mid-size E-Class Coupes, the Audi two-door’s cockpit structure and driver controls are extra intuitive to make use of. My tester’s lone choice was the $3,100 S line Bundle, which included the engaging two-tone seating that gave the cabin an added bit of sophistication. Plus, the Audi’s construct high quality and match and end is extra exact than both of its Teutonic competitors.

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No one expects minivan-like room in a coupe. Based mostly on the roomy Audi A4 four-door sedan, nonetheless, the A5 coupe affords a beneficiant quantity of room for its two passengers up entrance. Nonetheless, anybody requested to hop into the Audi 2+2’s again seats might begin the “Are we there but?” chant instantly in the event that they’re previous the age of puberty.

2014 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro Technik
2014 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro Technik

Whereas rivals are simply now getting round to providing engines with smaller displacements boosted with pressured induction and direct-injection, Audi’s been on the forefront of this pattern for years. When the A5/S5 first appeared in 2007, the engine lineup consisted of a 265 horsepower naturally aspirated 3.2-litre V6 within the A5 and a 354 hp 4.2 L V8 within the sportier S5.

By 2009, although, a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0L four-cylinder fuel engine changed the larger V6. That turbo-four continues right this moment powering the bottom $46,095 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro, making a wholesome 220 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. With its six-speed guide gearbox, zero to 100 kilometres per hour takes 6.5 seconds — 0.2 seconds faster when geared up with the eight-speed automated transmission. Nonetheless, with Transport Canada gas financial system rankings of 10.1 litres per 100 kms within the metropolis and 6.8 on the freeway (I noticed an indicated 8.8 L/100 km common for my time within the Audi), the A5 2.0 TFSI won’t bankrupt your gas funds.

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(If you wish to go faster in an A5 Coupe, Audi affords the $55,900 S5 Coupe Quattro. With its 333 hp, supercharged 3.0L six-cylinder fuel engine, zero to 100 km/hr takes solely 5.1 seconds. Or, there’s the $77,700 RS 5 Coupe Quattro. With its 450 hp, naturally aspirated 4.2L eight-cylinder fuel engine, zero to 100 km/hr will be had in solely 4.7 seconds. And in order for you extra wind in your hair, Audi affords convertible variations all through the A5 vary.)

2014 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro Technik
2014 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro Technik

One of many joys of spending a while within the “massive” Audi coupe is discovering its refined and mature highway manners. Audi has at all times been blissful taking the center floor in the case of how the coupes drive. And the 2014 A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro doesn’t waver from that custom.

Audi’s Drive Choose system permits the A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro to be pushed at totally different ranges of aggression. It tailors the coupe’s steering, engine response, automated gearbox and tautness of suspension bits individually. That is useful. Primarily as a result of I discovered the A5’s electrical steering gave an excessive amount of rebound at turn-in when set to the sportiest setting. As I’m a steering fetishist, I may dial in essentially the most aggressive settings for the engine, gearbox and suspension, however depart the steering in “consolation” mode, which greatest met my admittedly anal-retentive wants.

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2014 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro Technik
2014 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro Technik

As you might have seen in its title, all Canadian-spec A5 fashions get Audi’s wonderful rear-biased (40:60) Quattro all-wheel-drive system. However the traction beneficial properties don’t come on the expense of all-out driving enjoyable. In comparison with the extra relaxed BMW 428i Coupe, the A5 affords a nicer mix between a cushty trip and, when known as upon, athletic dealing with. Apart from when the A5’s exhaust is bellowing when pressed on, its cabin is at all times quiet, its trip at all times refined, and its directional stability arrow-straight — particularly at freeway speeds.

All in all, the 2014 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Coupe Quattro is extra of a well-rounded grand tourer than a balls-to-the-wall sports activities automotive. And belief me: the stares you’ll obtain driving one will all be of the admiring type.

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The Specs 

Sort of auto Rear-wheel-drive compact coupe
Engine 2.0L DOHC four-cylinder fuel engine
Energy 220 hp @ 4,450
Torque 258 lb-ft @ 1,500
Transmission Eight-speed automated transmission
Brakes 4-wheel disc with ABS
Tires 255/35 R 19
Worth (base/as examined) $44,100/$53,300
Vacation spot cost $1,995
Pure Sources Canada gas financial system (L/100 km) 10.1 metropolis, 6.8 freeway, 8.8 as-tested
Choices $3,100 S line Sport Choose Bundle: S line exterior; 19-inch wheels with 255/35 R 19 efficiency tires; S line Flat Backside Steering Wheel; Alcantara/Leather-based Sport Seats; Brushed Aluminum Trim from quattro GmbH; Black Headliner; S line door sills; Adaptive Damping Suspension; Audi Drive Choose Controls (Auto, Consolation, Dynamic); Variable Throttle Response (Regular, Sport); Variable Gear-Shifting (Regular, Sport); Variable Electromechanical Steering Management (Regular, Sport); and extra.


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