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If looks alone could determine a car's appeal, the 2015 Audi A5 would be one of the only luxury coupes or convertibles that mattered. Although the A5 is essentially just a 2-door version of the A4 sedan, its sophisticated styling suggests far greater exclusivity. Avoid this Audi if you don't want valets to display your wheels out front.

You also may want to avoid the A5 if you expect serious speed in your luxury ride. Don't get us wrong: The mandatory 2.0T turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine is a fine piece of engineering, but 220 horsepower isn't that much for a family sedan these days. In the rarefied realm of luxury 2-doors, most motors offer considerably more muscle. Of course, Audi also sells the performance-oriented S5 (reviewed separately) with its stout supercharged V6, but the S5 doesn't come cheap.

It's clear, then, that the A5 isn't going to win many stoplight races, but we also know that plenty of shoppers in this segment care more about style and luxury than all-out performance. If that sounds like you, there's a good chance that you'll fall in love with Audi's 2-door stunner.

What's New for 2015?

The big news is that the Cabriolet ditches its front-wheel-drive/continuously-variable-tramission offering, so all convertible A5 models now come with all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Other updates include standard xenon headlights across the board and a standard S line body kit for the Premium Plus trim level.

What We Like

Beautiful styling; top-shelf interior with excellent technology options; refined driving dynamics; standard all-wheel drive for the coupe

What We Don't

Engine lacks both power and efficiency; Cabriolet gets a soft-top, rather than a retractable hardtop

How Much?

$40,925-$56,925

Fuel Economy

All A5 models feature Audi's quattro all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The coupe gets either a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic, while the Cabriolet comes only with the 8-speed automatic.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, fuel economy for the coupe is 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway with the manual, while the automatic yields 22 mpg city/31 mpg hwy. The Cabriolet is rated at 21 mpg city/29 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

The 2015 Audi A5 coupe and convertible (Cabriolet) are offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.

The Premium coupe ($40,925) and Cabriolet ($48,525) come with 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED running lights, fog lights, LED taillights, a panoramic sunroof (coupe only), a power-operated vinyl roof (Cabriolet only), leather upholstery, 3-zone automatic climate control (meaning that rear passengers get their own separate climate controls), power front seats with driver lumbar adjustment, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth (phone only) and iPod integration, Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI) system with a dash-mounted control knob, and a 10-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input, SD card reader and satellite radio.

The Premium Plus coupe ($43,225) and Cabriolet ($50,825) add sporty S line exterior trim, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry/start, heated front seats and driver memory functions.

The Prestige coupe ($49,325) and Cabriolet ($56,925) go all out with such features as adaptive xenon headlights, a blind spot monitoring system, Bluetooth streaming audio, a rearview camera, MMI Plus with navigation and a console-mounted joystick knob, and a 14-speaker, 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.

The 2015 A5 also offers the Audi connect system (standard on the Prestige), which turns the car into a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot and includes various Google applications, among them Google Earth for navigation functions.

Many of the higher trims' features are available on lower trims as options. Among the other available niceties, depending on the trim level, are 19-in wheels, adaptive cruise control and a comprehensive Sport package. This package includes sport front seats, a sport-tuned suspension, shift paddles for automatic-transmission cars and the Drive Select system, which gives the driver electronic adjustments for steering effort, automatic-transmission programming and throttle response.

Available exclusively on Cabriolet models (Premium Plus or Prestige) is a Comfort package that throws in seat-mounted neck heating vents and ventilated front seats.

Safety

The 2015 Audi A5 comes with standard stability control and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. The coupe gets six airbags (front, front-side and full-length side-curtain), while the Cabriolet gets four airbags (front and front-side). The Prestige trim's optional adaptive-cruise-control feature includes a collision-preparation system with driver alerts and automatic braking.

The A5 has not been crash-tested in the U.S.

Behind the Wheel

The A5's driving position is decidedly low-slung, emphasizing the car's sleek, intimate character, but the standard front seats are unexpectedly plain, offering little in the way of lateral support. We expect more in a European sport/luxury coupe. The Sport package's upgraded front seats are much improved, though, providing ample bolstering along with excellent long-distance comfort; however, only Premium Plus and Prestige models are eligible for this upgrade. Unlike in the A4, the door-mounted armrests in the A5 curve back plenty far to support the elbows of long-legged drivers.

On the road, the A5 Cabriolet may be the slowest premium convertible on the market, providing just adequate power for standard passing and merging maneuvers. Much the same could be said for the coupe, although it does offer a 6-speed manual that provides deeper driver engagement. In the end, no matter which model you choose, there's no getting around the engine's modest output. The A5 may look like it has a nose for speed, but the turbo 4-cylinder runs out of breath at higher velocities.

Handling is good in standard form and excellent with the Sport package's sport-tuned suspension, while the ride remains supple unless you get the optional 19-in wheels, which we wouldn't advise. On the highway, the A5 feels invincible, tracking straight and true with nary a vibration at any speed. Road and wind noises are more noticeable in the Cabriolet, but it remains peaceful by soft-top standards. Overall, the A5 is a pleasure to drive; only the power deficit holds it back.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 BMW 4 Series -- Keep an eye out for the 4 Series, which is the renamed 2-door 3 Series with upgraded styling and features. It's the primary bogey on the A5's radar.

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- We're not talking about the familiar E-Class sedan here but rather about the more exclusive coupe and Cabriolet models, which are actually hybrids of C-Class and E-Class architecture. Tuned more for comfort than the Audi, their solid, powerful feel might win you over.

2015 Ford Mustang GT -- If you're open to something different, how about a head-turning Mustang GT coupe or convertible? You can't beat the value, and the Mustang's 5.0-liter V8 is one of the best engines in the world.

Used BMW M3 (2008-2013) -- You could easily find a lightly used V8-powered 414-hp M3 for the price of a new A5.

AutoTrader's Advice

We'd demand the style of the coupe and the performance of the Sport package, so our target would be a coupe in Premium Plus trim.

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