Audi A5 Review

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Audi A5 Review

Brendan Belligham

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Audi is a German auto manufacturer under the Volkswagen group that produces luxury sedans, SUVs, coupes, and convertibles. The four ring logo signifies the four companies that combined to create the precursor company to Audi, Auto Union in 1935. Audi’s current lineup consists of the luxury sedans and SUVs we see on the streets of Northern Virginia everyday and among them is the A series. The A5 is the latest in that line of vehicles from Audi and the Outlook has gained access the the two door coupe version.

The exterior styling of the A5 is a mature, subdued look that doesn’t scream “fast” immediately at the viewer. Lines along the body and rectangular shapes in the front and back end give it a conservative look that presents a luxury feel before you even open the doors.

The interior is beautiful yet sporty, beginning first with the low seating position and tight, weighted steering. Three screens surrounded by aluminum trim make up the dash of the A5. The gauge cluster is fully electronic with the navigation package that allows for customization of the space right in front of the driver. Switching between maps, car analytics, and phone information right between the speedometer and tachometer is a feature that is underestimated by those who have not driven the vehicle as a daily driver. Another screen is in the middle of the dash houses vehicle information and the radio but can be configured to display Apple Carplay or Android Auto even on the lowest trim levels. A third screen just in front of the center console area displays climate control information with aluminum switches to control the three zone climate controls. Even in the two door coupe model, Audi throws in two rear seats for children or an increase in cabin storage.

The A5’s 2 liter turbocharged engine gives the car a 5.5 second 0-60 time, 252 horsepower, and 270 pound feet of torque. Fuel economy is fairly efficient with a rating of 24 city and 34 highway as a car with a 3,600 lb curb weight. Dropping the transmission in sport mode and flooring the accelerator gave a surprising amount of push back into the well bolstered seats. All- wheel drive grips the road beautifully and the 4 cylinder drives the exhaust notes to a wonderful octave. Starting at $42k, the A5 has a smooth, controlled ride that makes this model a great daily driver with the ability to fly when you want it to.

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