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2019 Audi A5 Review

The 2019 Audi A5 coupe and cabriolet are based on the Audi A4 premium compact sedan. Which means they’re young. This generation of the A4 only debuted a couple of years ago. They’re also stylish. These 2-door versions have their particular differences to their 4-door sibling, but they all fit within Audi’s wider design philosophy. This approach has its devotees and detractors, but Audi vehicles have an agreeable way of wearing the years well. Thanks to all its style, comfort, quality, technology and driving manners, the A5 is an incredibly pleasant method of getting around.

One tech highlight is the Virtual Cockpit, which is a configurable driver information display that can show navigation, entertainment and the usual road speed/engine speed data — the learning curve is short and shallow. The A5 can also provide some advanced driving aids and Exit Assist, which warns occupants if it’s unsafe to open the door — if there’s a cyclist approaching, for example.

The Sportback, S and RS variants are all reviewed separately.

What’s New for 2019?

The A5 Coupe becomes eligible for a Black Optic Plus package that includes 19-in alloy wheels and a sport suspension. The cabriolet (convertible) version offers a choice of new 18-inch alloy wheel designs. The Prestige trim gains a partially autonomous parking feature. Audi has changed how it quotes horsepower. Last year’s A5 had 252 horsepower, this year’s is rated at 248 hp. The engine is the same, nor are there any changes to the torque figure. No manual transmission option is offered this year. See the 2019 Audi A5 models for sale near you

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 acquire all the driver assistance features

How Much?

$45,195-$60,295

Fuel Economy

The A5 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Audi’s quattro AWD system is standard throughout the range. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel consumption at 24 miles per gallon in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in combined driving, regardless of body style.

Standard Features & Options

The 4-seater 2019 Audi A5 comes in coupe and convertible (cabriolet) versions, and in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels.

The Premium trim (coupe: $45,195; cabriolet: $52,195) has 18-in alloy wheels, full LED headlights/daytime running lights/taillights, fog lights, heated side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof (coupe only), a power-operated vinyl roof (cabriolet only), a wood deflector (cabriolet only), keyless entry/ignition, leather seating surfaces, tri-zone automatic climate control (rear passengers get their own controls), ambient LED cabin lighting, wood trim, drive mode selection, heated/8-way power-adjustable front sport seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, forward-collision warning, a self-dimming rearview mirror, a garage door opener, Audi Connect Care (for emergency calls/stolen vehicle location/roadside assistance/maintenance scheduling), Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system with a 7-in display, and a 10-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input, two USB ports and HD radio.

This trim level is eligible for a Convenience package that bundles together blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear collision mitigation, self-dimming side mirrors, driver’s-side memory settings, a 3-month subscription to satellite radio, alarm system with motion sensors and an Advanced Key (for remote engine start/stop and trunk opening).

The Premium Plus (coupe: $49,595; cabriolet: $56,595) adds the Advanced Key, along with driver’s-side memory settings, a 12.3-in Virtual Cockpit configurable driver information screen, a hands-free trunk release, self-dimming side mirrors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear collision mitigation, Exit Assist, wireless charging, phone signal booster, navigation with handwriting recognition, a CD/MP3 player and satellite radio.

The Prestige (coupe: $53,295; cabriolet: $60,295) brings a head-up display, Wi-Fi, a Bang & Olufsen 19-speaker/755-watt audio system, front/rear parking sensors, a partially autonomous parking feature, a top-view camera system, adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and road sign recognition.

Coupes in Premium Plus and Prestige trims are eligible for the Black Optic Plus package that includes a sport suspension, 19-in alloy wheels and various cosmetic touches.

Cabriolets in the top two trims are eligible for a Luxury package, bringing ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and neck-level warm air vents.

Trunk space in the coupe measures a generous 11.6 cu ft. The rear seats split and fold along 40/20/40 lines for extra versatility. The cabriolet comes with 9.3 cu ft. of cargo space.

Safety

The Audi A5 comes with standard stability control and 4-wheel anti-lock 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 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 A5 coupe a Top Safety Pick+ after the car earned the top score of Good in all the major categories.

Behind the Wheel

It might be surprising to some, but rear passenger space is pretty good for a coupe. If there’s an adult male of average size in the driver’s seat, an identically sized human will fit in the seat behind and not find any grounds for complaint.

The front seats feel somewhat firm at first, but soon become more comfortable as the miles pass. Cabin quality is sufficiently upscale, while the interior design is unfussy and well thought out.

The driving sensations don’t "shout." They’re at a level where it takes some conscious effort to home in on them. But the upside is that the car can be relaxing whenever the mood dictates. The A5 goes about its business with a low-profile efficiency, displaying a subtle spark of mischief should the driver find some interesting roads.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 BMW 4 Series — Available as a coupe or a convertible with a retractable hard top.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class — Both coupe and cabriolet variants of the current C-Class are excellent.

2019 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 and a choice of bigger engines. Check out the Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned (CPO) program.

Autotrader’s Advice

Each buyer can make their own decision on whether or not they want a coupe or convertible. Now that Premium Plus trim gains the Virtual Cockpit as standard it begins to look more appealing. But this is a luxury car from a top luxury marque and customers can no doubt find the extra few thousand to procure the Prestige trim. Find an Audi A5 for sale

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