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The Top Gear car review: Audi A5

Overall verdict
Superb design and refinement cloak a nondescript driving experience. Again


Another stunning Audi cabin, hushed performance, supreme tech


True to form, it's not as sharp to drive as a Beemer


What is it?

As you’ll well know, the Audi A5 has spawned a whole new family of models since its initial launch back in 2007. Despite essentially being a coupe-ified A4 saloon itself, at certain points during the A5’s time on this earth there’s been the convertible – naturally – as well as the four-door Sportback and both S and RS versions of all three body styles. 

So, where does that leave the standard A5 Coupe? Well, now in its second generation (and with newly facelifted cars set to hit UK roads soon) Audi has cut back the engine and gearbox options and is instead going all in on trim levels and tech – a decision that’s indicative of the A5’s character. More on that later.

Today, engine options for the A5 Coupe are as follows: the 2.0-litre four-cylinder 40 TFSI is the sole petrol engine and puts out 187bhp and 236lb ft of torque, whereas diesels come in the form of a 161bhp 35 TDI and a 187bhp 40 TDI.

There’s no more manual gearbox option either, and you can only have quattro four-wheel drive if you spec the more powerful diesel engine. 

In terms of trim levels, though, there’s the standard ‘Sport’, the even sportier ‘S line’, the supposedly stylish ‘Edition 1’ and the fully-loaded ‘Vorsprung’.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
45 TFSI Quattro Black Edition 2dr S Tronic
5.8s 155g/km 41.5 245 £45,240
The cheapest
35 TFSI Sport 2dr S Tronic
8.9s 134g/km 47.9 150 £34,525
The greenest
40 TDI Sport 2dr S Tronic
7.7s 118g/km 62.8 190 £38,405