Ahead of a major redesign next year, the 2017 Audi A5 remains a viable choice for shoppers in the market for a luxury coupe that capably manages to strike a balance between comfort and sportiness. With standard all-wheel drive, a well-appointed interior, nimble handling and decent fuel economy, the A5 proves it can still compete effectively with its class rivals.
The 2018 A5 is scheduled to arrive with a new exterior design, resculpted interior, new engine choices and updated technology, so changes for 2017 are minimal. The S line body kit and parking sensors are now standard for all models. A Convenience package includes heated seats and auto-dimming, heated side mirrors, and the Black Optic package adds 19-inch black wheels and high-gloss black exterior trim.
The only powerplant is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic is available as an option. Buyers who choose the convertible version of the A5 get the automatic transmission as standard equipment.
Although it's aging, the interior of the A5 still stands out. The materials are first-class. Audi has laid out the controls logically and included such luxury touches as leather seats, three-zone automatic climate control and a premium sound system. There's plenty of room for two occupants and a reasonable amount of luggage, although rear seat passengers might find the accommodations a bit snug.
Since the A5's last significant update was in 2012, some shoppers may find technology to be a weakness in the current model. It lacks some of the latest active safety features, such as automatic braking, although it does have a standard rearview camera. Items such as blind-spot monitoring are available as part of the Technology package. Bluetooth smartphone connectivity is standard, but rather than a USB port, the A5 only provides an iPhone cable.
The A5's all-wheel-drive system and sophisticated four-link suspension contribute to a well-mannered, solid driving experience. The overall feel is weighted more toward comfort than outright cornering ability, but buyers can tick the Sport package box for a bit more firmness and choose the Drive Select system, which provides driver-adjustable suspension, transmission and throttle settings. Most buyers will find the standard engine adequate enough, but those in the market for more performance might want to check out the Audi S5 with its 333-horsepower supercharged V6.
Fuel economy for the A5 with the six-speed manual gearbox is 26 mpg combined (23 city/32 highway), and with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the rating drops just a bit to 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway).
Offered in only one trim level, the A5 comes quite well equipped in standard form, with features that include heated seats, a premium sound system, automatic headlights and alloy wheels. A variety of packages and standalone options allow buyers to personalize their vehicles with many comfort and convenience accessories. Let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Audi A5 that best meets your needs.
2017 Audi A5 Overview
The 2017 Audi A5 is offered in the following submodels: Coupe, Convertible. Available styles include Sport quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Sport quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and Sport quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). A5 models are available with a 0-liter gas engine or a 0-liter flex-fuel (FFV) engine, with output up to 220 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 A5 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual, 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 A5 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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2017 audi a5 Sport quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended) 26 combined MPG 23 city MPG/32 highway MPG
2017 audi a5 Sport quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, flex-fuel (premium unleaded recommended/e85) 25 combined MPG 22 city MPG/30 highway MPG
2017 audi a5 Sport quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, flex-fuel (premium unleaded recommended/e85) 24 combined MPG 21 city MPG/29 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 Audi A5?
Available Audi A5 2017 Submodel Types: Coupe, Convertible, Hatchback
Available Audi A5 2017 Trims: 2.0T Premium Plus quattro, 2.0T Premium quattro, Premium Plus quattro, Prestige quattro, 2.0T Premium, quattro, 2.0T Prestige quattro, Premium quattro, Sport quattro, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.2 Premium Plus quattro
Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black, Ibis White, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Manhattan Gray Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Matador Red Metallic, Scuba Blue Metallic, Phantom Black Pearl Effect, Florett Silver Metallic, Quartz Gray Metallic, Deep Sea Blue Pearl Effect, Cuvee Silver Metallic, Teak Brown Metallic, Daytona Gray, Meteor Gray Pearl Effect, Misano Red, Tornado Gray Metallic, Arum Beige Metallic, Brilliant Red, Aruba Blue Pearl Effect, Dakota Gray Metallic, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Misano Red Pearl Effect, Monza Silver Metallic, Sahara Silver Metallic
Interior Colors: Black leather, Chestnut Brown leather, Nougat Brown/Black leather, Black leather/sueded microfiber, Cinnamon Brown premium leather, Rock Gray leather, Titanium Gray leather, Black premium leather, Light Gray leather, Atlas Beige leather, Brown leather, Cardamom Beige leather, Velvet Beige leather, Velvet Beige/Brown leather, Beige leather, Beige/Brown leather, Cardamom Beige premium leather, Gray leather, Linen Beige leather, S Line Black leather/sueded microfiber, Beige/Black leather, Black sueded microfiber, Linen Beige premium leather, S Line Competition Black leather/sueded microfiber
Popular Features: Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Leather Seats, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, AWD/4WD, Aux Audio Inputs, Pre-collision safety system, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Bluetooth, Upgraded Headlights, Heated seats, Sunroof/Moonroof, Navigation, Parking sensors, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Blind Spot Monitoring, Soft Top, Back-up camera, Keyless Entry/Start, USB Inputs, Upgraded Stereo, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Cooled Seats, 360-degree camera, Heads up display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Mobile Internet