2008 Audi A5 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Audi A5 - Road Test Specs

2008 Audi A5 Coupe

(3.2L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2008
Stylequattro 2dr Coupe AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A) quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$41,200
Options on test vehicleBang & Olufsen Premium Sound System ($850); 19" Alloy Wheels w/ Summer Performance Tires ($900); Technology Package ($1,700 -- includes rearview parking camera, adaptive headlights, keyless entry/start); Premium Package ($1,850 -- includes Homelink garage door opener, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, auto-dimming and -folding exterior mirrors, autodimming interior mirror w/ compass, heated front seats, memory function for driver seat and mirror); Audi Navigation Plus ($2,390)
As-tested MSRP$49,665


Drive typeAll wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3197cc (195cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum alloy
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)12.5
Redline (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)265 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)243 @ 3,250
Transmission type6-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.667; II: 2.053; III: 1.423; IV: 1.065; V: 0.853; VI: 0.730; R: 3.400; Final Drive: 3.889


Suspension, frontMulti-link
Suspension, rearMulti-link
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.3:1
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport Maxx GT
Tire typeSummer Performance
Tire size, front255/35ZR19
Tire size, rear255/35ZR19
Wheel size19 X 8.5 front - 19 X 8.5 rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.2
0-60 mph (sec.)6.4
0-75 mph (sec.)9.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)108
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.6
@ Full throttle (dB)71.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsImpressive power from V6. "Sport" mode produces quick (though sometimes inconsistent) upshifts. Best run with mild brake torque to about 1800 rpm.
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsSolid, consistent pedal feel every stop. Good directional stability under full-ABS activation.
Handling ratingVery Good
Handling commentsA true sport coupe, this massively heavy Audi manages to get the job done through the cones. Very good transitional stability and body control. Good steering feedback at speed. Impressive.

Testing Conditions

Test date6/24/2008
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)75.75
Wind (mph, direction)NW 2.19

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 City / 27 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.14
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,913
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,835
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55.6/44.4
Length (in.)182.1
Width (in.)73.0
Height (in.)54.0
Wheelbase (in.)108.3
Track, front (in.)62.6
Track, rear (in.)62.1
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Headroom, front (in.)39.1
Headroom, rear (in.)36.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.8
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.1


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years / Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years / Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance1 year / 5,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemPre-collision safety system
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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