2014 Audi A5 Video Review | Edmunds

2014 Audi A5 Video Review

This Audi A5 video review includes information about the 2.0T coupe model, including fuel economy, performance, handling, price and interior space. For more information, read the 2014 Audi A5 review.

Inside, the Audi A5 is still just as impressive as it was when introduced way back in 2008. Materials and construction remain top-notch, and while the MMI electronics interface isn't the newest Audi has to offer, it's still one of the better ones on the market. We'd just recommend getting the navigation system, as it places the MMI controller on the center console rather than inconveniently on the dash.

Of course, there is a practicality trade-off that comes with removing a pair of doors from the Audi A4 sedan upon which it's based. Backseat leg- and headroom are very tight, even when compared to other luxury coupes. The trunk doesn't lose much space compared to the A4, but despite being deep, it's pretty narrow.

The A5 comes only with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Although you can get a front-wheel-drive version of the A5 Cabriolet convertible, the coupe comes with Quattro all-wheel drive only. An easy-to-shift six-speed manual transmission is standard, or you can get an optional six-speed automatic.

Acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds is definitely quick, but a BMW 428i gets there a second sooner. If you want more performance, there's the related 333-hp Audi S5 and 450-hp R S5 models.

If you're more interested in sharp handling, though, the A5 gives BMW a run for its money - especially with the optional sport-tuned suspension. At the same time, any A5 offers a comfortable and composed ride.

So the answer is definitely yes, the Audi A5 is still one of the best luxury coupes you can buy - even with all those newer competitors. It offers most of the A4's virtues, but with more than enough style to counter the trade-off in practicality. 

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