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2022 Audi A5: Choosing the Right Trim

The 2022 Audi A5 Coupe, Cabriolet, and Sportback sedan cover various body styles and trims. Still, all have the same impressive levels of standard equipment, with only a slight variation depending on the body style.

In typical Audi fashion, the A5 is well-equipped even in its least expensive form, although features like adaptive cruise control that come standard on less expensive cars are optional on the A5. Then again, some might appreciate that Audi allows buyers the option of having advanced driver assist systems that some enthusiasts may consider too obtrusive.

The A5 comes in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The Coupe and Cabriolet come standard with a 261 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, while the Sportback comes with a 201-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo, with the option to upgrade to the Coupe and Cabriolet’s more powerful engine.

The 2022 Audi A5 Sportback can sprint to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, while the more powerful A5 Coupe can do it in 5.3 seconds and the Cabriolet in 5.6 seconds.

The A5 comes standard with quattro all-wheel drive and a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.

There is also an S5 performance variant that follows the same body style and trims ladder as the A5. Powered by a 349-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine, the S5 delivers a sub-5-second 0 to 60 mph time. The S5 also includes leather and Alcantara seats and a lowered sport suspension.

2022 Audi A5 Premium Coupe (Starting at $44,500), Cabriolet (Starting at $50,700)

Off the bat, the A5 Coupe and Cabriolet share the same features, with a few exceptions. The Coupe includes the S line exterior styling treatment, a panoramic power sunroof, and a sport suspension. At the same time, the convertible has the obvious power-operated soft-top and a different side-impact airbag designed to cover more of the occupant’s upper body.

Standard equipment for the A5 begins with the usual suspects: one-touch up/down power windows, an 8-way power driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar support, leather upholstery, and keyless entry with push-button start.

On the exterior, the A5 touts 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, power-operated and heated side mirrors, dual-exhaust outlets, and heat-insulating side glass.

The A5’s cabin includes an electric release for the trunk, single-piece folding rear seatback, 3-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, and a 3-spoke tilt/telescopic steering wheel.

A 10.1-inch MMI touch screen that includes integration for wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, as well as Audi Connect subscription-based services, covers infotainment duty. The analog instrument cluster lacks the pizazz of the excellent Virtual Cockpit (you’ll need to move up the next trim level to get it). Still, the Premium trim does include a 7-inch color LCD information screen neatly tucked between the speedometer and tachometer.

Advanced driver assists include Audi pre-safe city automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beam headlights, and Audi pre-sense basic accident preparation. Also onboard is Audi Drive Select, a system that allows the driver more control over the car’s steering feel, throttle management, and suspension settings.

Optional on the A5 Coupe and Cabriolet is the Convenience package that adds auto-dimming side mirrors, Advance Key proximity entry and start, alarm with engine immobilizer, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and exit alert, driver’s seat memory, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The A5 Coupe’s standard sport suspension is optional for the Cabriolet.

With the $1,045 destination fee, the A5 Premium Coupe costs $45,545. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing, the A5’s monthly payment comes to $818. Find a 2022 Audi A5 Coupe Premium for sale or Find a 2022 Audi A5 Cabriolet Premium for sale

2022 Audi A5 Premium includes:

  • Leather upholstery – Soft to the touch and easy to maintain, the A5’s leather seating is an expected luxury touch absent in some rivals.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – Allows full integration of a smartphone with the Audi MMI infotainment system, giving access to a user’s messages, apps, music, and navigation.
  • LED headlights – Provides bright illumination for the road ahead with a longer shelf life than a standard headlight bulb.
  • Audi pre-safe basic – This system anticipates when a collision is imminent and prepares to protect passengers by tightening the seatbelts, closing the windows, and closing the sunroof.

2022 Audi A5 Premium Sportback (Starting at $42,400)

The 4-door A5 Sportback features a hatchback in place of the Coupe’s trunk, a longer wheelbase, and more rear-seat legroom. The Sportback comes with a Sport suspension but a less powerful standard engine. Buyers can upgrade to the A5 45 Sportback with the more powerful turbocharged engine found in the 2-door A5 models.

Other features unique to the Sportback include a power closing tailgate and a split-folding 20/40/20 rear seatback. Optional equipment mirrors the other A5 models, except for the Black Optic package now available on the base A5 40 Sportback. Find a 2022 Audi A5 Sportback Premium for sale

2022 Audi A5 Premium Plus Coupe ($49,400) and Cabriolet ($55,600)

The Premium Plus brings all the equipment found in the Premium’s Convenience package and adds upgrades such as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. This amazing 12.3-inch display replaces traditional analog gauges with a digital reproduction. When equipped with optional navigation, the Virtual Cockpit’s screen is configurable to display a 3D image using Google Earth.

The Premium Plus also brings Matrix design LED headlights, LED taillights, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, active lane assist lane centering, and a Top View camera. A wireless smartphone charge pad, front and rear parking sensors, and unique 18-inch wheel designs round out the Premium Plus’ features.

The Premium Plus also opens the door to a more extensive optional equipment list. Available features include MMI navigation, Black Optic package, S line interior package, and ventilated front seats. Audiophiles will love the 755-watt, 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D audio setup. Also available are 19-inch wheels and tires.

With destination, the 2022 Audi A5 Premium Plus Coupe costs $50,445. With a monthly payment of $906, the Premium Plus costs a mere $88 more each month than the Premium. Find a 2022 Audi A5 Premium Plus Coupe for sale or Find a 2022 Audi A5 Premium Plus Cabriolet for sale

2022 Audi A5 Premium Plus includes:

  • Advanced Key – Proximity key fob allows unlocking the car simply by touching the door handle. Once inside, a press of a button is all it takes to start the car.
  • Virtual Cockpit – Provides a brilliant digital simulation of traditional analog gauges and includes three modes: Classic, Sport, and Infotainment.
  • Top View camera – Provides a 360-degree view outside the car.
  • Wireless charge pad – Allows a compatible smartphone to charge without the need for wires and a USB charging port.

2022 Audi A5 Premium Plus Sportback ($47,300)

The 2022 Audi A5 Sportback Premium Plus builds off the Sportback Premium and mirrors the standard and optional equipment of the A5 Premium Plus Coupe. Find a 2022 Audi A5 Premium Plus Sportback for sale

2022 Audi A5 Prestige Coupe ($53,950), Cabriolet ($61,450)

The 2022 Audi A5 Prestige Coupe imports much of the Premium Plus’ optional equipment onto its standard roster. Included are the Bang & Olufsen 3D audio system, MMI navigation, and a head-up display. An enhanced interior lighting package with configurable lighting for the doors and console is also standard.

The Cabriolet gains heated and ventilated front seats with a built-in neck warmer.

Options for the Prestige include the Black Optic Package, S line interior package, and ventilated front seats (A5 Coupe).

Using the same 60-month loan calculation, the A5 Prestige Coupe will have a monthly payment of around $990. Find a 2022 Audi A5 Prestige Coupe for sale or Find a 2022 Audi A5 Prestige Cabriolet for sale

2022 Audi A5 Prestige includes:

  • Ventilated front seats with neck warmers – Standard on the Cabriolet convertible, these seats keep your backside cool in the summer, with neck warmers to shield your head and neck from cold air.
  • MMI navigation – Audi’s navigation includes numerous high-end features including a pinch and swipe screen, speed limit postings, traffic alerts, and the ability to use Google Earth in the Virtual Cockpit display.
  • Head-up display – Projects a digital image onto the windshield showing current speed, lane-keeping assist, and posted speed limit.

2022 Audi A5 Prestige Sportback

Like the Coupe and convertible, the A5 Prestige Sportback brings Premium Plus’ optional equipment to the standard list, although the Prestige Sportback does gain standard ventilated front seats. Find a 2022 Audi A5 Prestige Sportback for sale



What is the best 2022 Audi A5 trim?

The Premium Plus model is the one to get because of its luxurious features like the Audi Virtual Cockpit, Matrix design LED headlights, and many driver assistance features.

How many mpg does the 2022 Audi A5 get?

The A5 Sportback gets up to 26 city/34 highway mpg while the coupe gets 24 city/31 highway mpg and the cabriolet gets 23 city/31 highway mpg.

Which 2022 Audi A5 trim level offers the most safety?

The Premium Plus and Prestige trims are safer than the base Premium model because of the added standard safety features and upgraded headlights. The Audi A5 gets a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and the 4-door Sportback model is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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