Premium Plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
As usual, I researched all the major brands and wanted something fun to drive, with aggressive styling, high-tech, refined interior and decent fuel economy. The digital cockpit is the first thing that impressed me. It's a Google-map GPS view with digital gauges, that can be further customized. I looked at cars with the Head-up display, but, I didn't really want to see this information on the road the entire time I am driving. It's more of a gimmick but wears off quickly. The beauty of completely digital cockpit is where I want to see it, and the GPS/radio etc. can be viewed on either screen (or both). Audi doesn't promote touch screen because of the potential distraction, and instead, places all selections at your finger tips, either on the steering wheel, or, the console. I can easily speak the entire address into the GPS, and it recognizes it instantly. The Google map view makes it all very realistic, too. Next, I really like the combination of high quality materials, including enough wood trim to give the interior a sporty, yet, luxurious look. There is ambient lighting on the side doors that lights up red when you start the engine, then turn to an eye-pleasing white light. Everything is well designed and I like having the volume control to the right of the stick shift instead of up on the dash - very easy to use, in addition to on the steering wheel. The seats are comfortable, although not as cushy as our Lexus. The backseats in the Coupe are, as expected, small but we knew the 4D was the better option if that mattered to us. The 4-Cyl Turbo gives us plenty of power, while also getting decent fuel economy as advertised (35 highway). The electronic stickshift took us awhile to get used to, as it is not as intuitive as a regular shifter. We do like the park button on the shifter itself, instead of on the console as with some other makes. Lastly, our dealership experience was pleasant including negotiations. I was intrigued by the new 2018 KIA Stinger, but, the dealer stores are in sad shape with old hot dogs and salesreps who want to wheel and deal. Our Audi rep was not pushy and was knowledgeable and fair. While the Stinger looks awesome on the outside, the inside reminded me it was still a KIA with silvery plastics and not-so-intuitive controls. For example, the Stinger cruise control is a thin metal lever on the steering wheel. I like to drive using this button rather than the gas pedal, and prefer an arm that can easily be lifted up or down off to the side, like on the Audi and my Lexus. Also, the start button is obscured by the steering wheel and is not visible each time I want to push it. I decided the other technology like lane assist and adaptive cruise was something I would not use that much, particularly as some of the reviews say it spaces the cars too far apart without having to adjust each time. I'm very happy with the Audi A5 Coupe. It offers the best overall design, interior, lighting, technology, engine, fuel economy, and dealer experience for my money.
Prestige quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
So I'm pretty frugal. And when my 2000 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8 T finally died 17 years after I bought it brand new, I figured it was time for an upgrade. I skipped VW and went straight to the Audi dealership. The S8 was lovely, but a bit out of my price range. The A3, with that high roof, looked too much like my old Jetta. It would make a nice Pope-mobile. And then there sat the A5. The four door is nice but I wasn't going to be hauling my family around in this car. We have a Yukon XL for that. This one is just to move my butt up and down the George Washington Parkway, alone, in comfort--it had to be a Coupe. If you compare the coupe to the sportback, well there is no contest. I guess if you have three kids, you may be compelled to buy the sportback, which gives you an extra seat in the middle. I have more than three kids, so I might as well have been buying a Ducati. I was a little apprehensive about the 2.0T, which powers quite a few smaller VWs in lesser forms, but this car flies: 0-60 in 5 sec. Good enough for me, who has no plans to take it to the drag strip. It's a great car.
Prestige quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
This is my second Audi A5 prestige model coupe. My last one was a 2010, and I loved the car - but it had gotten long in the tooth. The 2018 prestige coupe seems much better mechanically than the 2010, and both the engine and transmission are incredible. In addition, the car seems much quicker than the statistics Audi publishes, particularly in the sport mode. The steering is also very good for electric steering, and isn't too light and doesn't entirely lack road feel as many do. The electronics are also superb. In addition, the cabin materials are exceptional, and the fit and finish seems as perfect as a car can be. On the less than great side, the flat dash with the MMI screen stuck to it is sort of generic looking, and I don't think it is anywhere near as nicely designed as in the previous model. The appearance of the interior is nice, but that's about all it is. Also, the redesigned body appearance is, in my view, just okay. I used to like just looking at my dark metallic blue 2010 A5, and I thought it was truly beautiful; the 2018 model's appearance is less than awe inspiring, and lacks the uniqueness and character of the model it replaced. That's true of the interior design as well. Both are sort of bland, and there's nothing about them that stands out from the crowd. This is a car that is very good in all respects, but isn't exceptional or exciting in any respect.