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2014 Audi A5 Coupe - Rating Details

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Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested

2014 Audi A5 2.0T Premium quattro 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Manual)

Driven On 4/15/2014

Ratings Summary

Although the A5 can't be classified as the benchmark coupe in the segment, since some rivals offer superior power/straightline performance for barely more money, the Audi coupe's sexy styling, finely-crafted interior and benchmark handling maintain its utter desirability. It's a special car.
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Performance The A5's four-cylinder turbocharged engine makes just 220 horsepower compared to some competitors' 300-plus. But standard all-wheel drive, inspiring handling and effective brakes make it competitive in ways beyond pure straightline speed.
Acceleration
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The sweet and smooth turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four offers plenty of low-end grunt and enough pep for a 6.3-second run to 60 mph. Need more power? Audi's 333-hp S5 and 450-hp RS 5 will suit you better, but cost much more.
Braking
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Highly effective brakes offer excellent pedal feel and intuitive response and never whithered during extreme use. We recorded a best 60-0 mph panic-stop distance of 108 feet, which is excellent.
Steering
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We used to criticize Audi steering, but not anymore. It turns in precisely and offers a secure and substantial feel through turns, yet it's relaxed and never darty when driving straight on down the highway.
Handling
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The Sport suspension system that was part of our test car's S-Line Competition package proved its worth, making the A5 one of the best-handling luxury coupes we've ever tested. Only true sports cars provide better grip or agility.
Driveability
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Although not huge on power, the engine never feels sluggish. The clutch has an intuitive action and the 6-speed manual transmission's shifter glides with ease between gears. This is a highly competent and rewarding daily driver.
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Comfort Despite optional sport suspension and performance tires, the A5 offers surprisingly good comfort. A quiet and smooth ride combines with great front seats and standard tri-zone air conditioning to pamper passengers.
Seating Comfort
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Front seats supply generous dimensions, the optional S-Line versions proving extremely comfortable and highly adjustable. The rear seats (there are only two) have decent leg- and shoulder-room but are noticeably short on headroom.
Ride Comfort
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Absent Audi's optional adaptive suspension, but with our example's sport suspension, ride comfort is remarkably good. Only the busiest surfaces cause mild annoyance.
Quietness
B
Wind noise barely registers. Same story with engine noise. However, the short sidewalls on the summer tires slap audibly over highway seams while coarse pavement stirs up quite a hum.
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Interior There's no question the A5's interior is handsome, well equipped and impeccably built. However, there are some ergonomic, packaging and storage realities for this intimate coupe.
Ergonomics
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As multi-controllers go, Audi's MMI lacks intuitiveness and presentation. It requires study and frequent glances to navigate displays and options within screens. Music-storage devices must be connected through the glovebox.
Ingress/Egress
C
The large coupe doors can make entry/exit difficult in angled parking. Also, without a roof-mounted grab handle, falling into and climbing out of the rear seats is unusually difficult.
Space/Room
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The A5 caters to front-seat passengers, as most coupes do, but this is an intimate setting. The two rear passengers enjoy a decent-sized window, but they'll rub the headliner if they're taller than five-foot-nine.
Visibility
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The A5 has large rear-side windows and relatively slender rear pillars, giving good visibility. Optional visibility aids include xenon headlamps, a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind-spot monitor and adaptive cruise control.
Cargo/Storage
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Despite a large glovebox, the A5 lacks small-item storage, with a notably small center armrest bin. But cupholders are robust, including bottle holders in the doors. Rear seats fold, but trunk only holds 12.2 cubic-feet.
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Value The A5's base MSRP of $39,895 is less than most rivals, even with its standard all-wheel drive, but the engine lacks power. Start adding high-cost bundled options and our car's $50,845 as-tested price is a tough pill to swallow. Excellent fuel economy is a plus, however.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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There isn't a seam, surface or knob that doesn't exude exacting assembly or top-tier quality. Solid-feeling and impeccable to look at. Clearly, this is where a good portion of your money went.
Features(vs. $)
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Standard equipment includes a 4-cylinder turbo engine, all-wheel drive, halogen headlamps, fog lights, tilt-only glass roof, Bluetooth, tri-zone climate control, leather seats, satellite radio and a single-CD/SD-card player.
Cost
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Our example's sport package, intelligent key and push-button start, xenon headlamps, LED tail lights, heated seats with driver memory function, auto-dimming mirrors, navigation and multi-controller pushed the total to $50,845.
MPG
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The A5 is rated by the EPA at 26 mpg Combined (22 City/32 Highway). We managed 32.3 mpg on the 116-mile Edmunds evaluation loop, and 25.6 mpg over the car's 449 mile stay with us.
Warranty
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Both the basic warranty and drivetrain coverage last for 4 years/50,000 miles. That's average for this segment.
Ownership
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Roadside assistance is covered for 4 years/unlimited miles, but only the first scheduled maintenance visit is free.
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Fun To Drive Yes, some coupes are quicker than the A5. But few pack as much sexy sophistication or thrilling sports-car handling into one sleek wrapper the way this 4-seat Audi does.
Driving Experience
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There's a real sense of connection to the A5 with its direct steering, reassuring brakes and confident handling. Sure, it would be more fun with more power and a husky voice, but silent satisfaction has its merit too.
Personality
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Sleek and sporty, the Audi A5 has allure beyond raw 0-60 times. It's equally as impressive pulling up to the valet as it is clicking off miles during a couple's weekend getaway.
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