2018 Audi A5

Original MSRP Range
$42,600 - $49,600
Available Style(s)
Convertible, Coupe, Sedan
MPG
24 - 24 MPG City / 33 - 34 MPG Hwy
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2018 Audi A5

What We Like

Elegant styling; top-class interior; refined driving dynamics; standard all-wheel drive

What We Don't

The usual gripe with high-end German cars -- pricey options; having to buy the top trim to access the driver-assistance features

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.8/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.7/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Audi A5?

This generation of A5 is completely fresh for 2018.

Which A5 is the Best?

The surest bet is the Premium Plus model, then spending the extra for the Virtual Cockpit. This trim comes with blind spot monitoring, which is especially useful in the cabriolet when the roof is up.

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How Much Does a 2018 Audi A5 Cost?

The 4-seater 2018 Audi A5 comes in coupe and convertible (cabriolet) versions, and in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. The Sportback and S variants are all reviewed separately.

The Premium trim (coupe: $43,775; cabriolet: $50,475) has 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights/taillights, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, heated windshield-washer nozzles, heated side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof (coupe only), a power-operated fabric roof (cabriolet only), keyless ignition, leather seating surfaces, tri-zone automatic climate control (rear passengers get their own controls), ambient LED cabin lighting, wood trim, drive-mode selection, 8-way power-adjustable front seats with driver's-side lumbar adjustment, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, forward-collision mitigation, a rearview camera, a self-dimming rearview mirror, a garage door opener, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, the Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system with a 7-in display, and a 10-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input, two USB ports, two SD card slots, a CD player and HD Radio.

The Premium Plus (coupe: $49,475; cabriolet: $53,575) adds full LED headlights, heated front seats with driver's-side memory settings, keyless entry, hands-free trunk release, self-dimming side mirrors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, Exit Assist, satellite radio and Audi Connect Care for emergency calls, stolen-vehicle location, roadside assistance and maintenance scheduling.

The Prestige (coupe: $51,375; cabriolet: $58,175) brings the 12.3-in Virtual Cockpit configurable driver information screen, a head-up display, navigation with handwriting recognition, an 8.3-in display, Wi-Fi, a Bang & Olufsen 19-speaker/755-watt audio system, parking sensors front and rear and a top-view display.

Most of the features in the higher trims are available as options in the lower trims. Other extras include ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, sport front seats, a sport suspension, a sport-calibrated rear differential and larger alloy wheels in 19- and 20-in sizes. The Prestige trim is also eligible for an adaptive suspension and a driver-assistance package that includes adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams and road-sign recognition.

Trunk space in the coupe measures a generous 12 cu ft. The rear seats split and fold along 40/20/40 lines for extra versatility. The cabriolet comes with 9 cu ft. of cargo space.

A5 Trims

ConvertibleOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI Premium$49,600 / $46,1284 Cylinder Turbo25224 / 347-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus$49,600 / $46,1284 Cylinder Turbo25224 / 347-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI Prestige$49,600 / $46,1284 Cylinder Turbo25224 / 347-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
CoupeOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI Premium Manual$42,800 / $39,8044 Cylinder Turbo252N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus Manual$42,800 / $39,8044 Cylinder Turbo252N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus S tronic$42,800 / $39,8044 Cylinder Turbo25224 / 346-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI Premium S tronic$42,800 / $39,8044 Cylinder Turbo25224 / 346-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI Prestige Manual$42,800 / $39,8044 Cylinder Turbo252N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI Prestige S tronic$42,800 / $39,8044 Cylinder Turbo25224 / 346-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI Premium$42,600 / $39,6186 Cylinder Turbo25224 / 347-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus$42,600 / $39,6186 Cylinder Turbo25224 / 347-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI Prestige$42,600 / $39,6186 Cylinder Turbo25224 / 347-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD

Is the 2018 Audi A5 a Safe Car?

The Audi A5 comes with standard stability control and 4-wheel antilock disc brakes. The coupe has eight airbags (front, front-side, front-knee and side curtain), while the cabriolet has six airbags (front, front-knee and front-side). The cabriolet also comes with automatic pop-up rollover protection.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the 2018 A5 coupe a top overall rating of five stars, with four stars for front-impact protection and five for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has made the 2018 A5 coupe a Top Safety Pick+ after the car earned the top score of Good in all the major categories.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance1 Years/10,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Convenience Pkg
  • Carbon Fiber Pkg
  • S line Sport Pkg

Competition

2018 Audi A5 vs the competition

2018 BMW 4 Series -- Available as a coupe or a convertible with a retractable hardtop.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class -- The coupe and cabriolet variants of the current C-Class are both excellent.

2018 Lexus RC -- Only available as a coupe right now, but comes with plenty of standard equipment and top-notch build quality.

Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe/cabriolet -- The models from this previous generation of E-Class have their own kind of timeless styling, as well as a choice of bigger engines. Check out the Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned (CPO) program.

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