2018 Audi A5 Coupe Review

Safety is an important factor along with lavishness in the famous Audi A5 Coupe line of cars. The latest entry into the line, the 2018 Audi A5 Coupe is here. In addition to introducing the A5 Sportback, the latest iteration of Audi A5 Coupe features a complete redesign. And guess what? It’s better than ever.

Audi A5 Coupe features an Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L under its hood. As such, the A5 Coupe delivers 252 hp of power and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The 7-speed dual-clutch automatic is available as the transmission mode. Though, an optional 6-speed manual transmission is also presented by Audi.

A5 Coupe competes with the likes of BMW 430i xDrive Coupe and Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe. The competition is threatening. Although, the latest avatar of the Audi A5 Coupe has a few tricks under its sleeve. A high-end interior, enthralling performance and lengthy feature-list are just some of them.

What will impress you:

  • Excellent combined fuel economy of 27 mpg
  • Lavish and fully-functional cabin
  • Lengthy feature list
  • Powerful engine
  • Exceptional front seat styling
  • Luxurious interiors

What won’t:

  • Small trunk size
  • Confined rear seat

What’s New in 2018 Audi A5 Coupe?

The all-new 2018 Audi A5 Coupe is an elegant, fully-functional and powerful vehicle with a few issues. While the latest entry retains the standard all-wheel drive and effortless handling, it adds some new features to its arsenal.

  • Wholesome Redesign – The all-new revamped ride gets a comprehensive redesign. A well-built and graceful cabin offers comfort and supportive front seats.
  • Variety of Options – In addition to the coupe models, convertible and hatchback body styles are also available. The hatchback offers more than ample space for both passengers and cargo.

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Trims and Features

The 2018 Audi A5 is available in 3 trims, namely Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. Each of the trim packs a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic engine, capable of imparting 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of power and torque, respectively. Pricing options for the Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trims start from $42,800, $45,800 and $50,400, respectively.

Trim Premium Premium Plus Prestige
MSRP $42,800 $45,800 $50,400
Key

Features

  • Xenon headlights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Automatic wipers
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 7-inch infotainment display with Audi’s MMI interface
  • Rearview camera
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Frontal collision warning and mitigation
All Features of Premium, And:

•  LED headlights

 

•  Auto-dimming exterior mirrors

 

•  Front and rear parking sensors

 

•  Audi’s Connect Care (with 4G LTE connection and emergency telematics)

 

•  Rear collision mitigation

 

•  Blind-spot monitoring

 

•  Heated front seats

 

•  Driver-seat memory functions

All Features of Premium Plus, And:

Head-up display

·         Premium audio system

·         Simulated leather upholstery for the center console and armrests

·         Digital instrument panel

·         Remote vehicle function controls via a smartphone app

·         Top-down parking camera system

·         8.3-inch infotainment display

The Premium and Premium Plus trims come with a 7-inch infotainment display, with Audi’s traditional MMI interface. While the Prestige trim offers a bigger 8.3-inch infotainment display. Top-down parking camera system and simulated leather upholstery are exclusive features to the Prestige trim.

We Recommend

The 2018 Audi A5 Coupe Premium trim comes with a great set of features. Leather upholstery, automatic wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror and 10-speaker sound system are some of them. The bid for the base model starts from $42,800. For another $3000, one can have the Premium Plus trim, which packs all the features offered by the Premium trim, plus several others.

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Rear
2018 Audi A5 Coupe Rear

For additional $4600, next option is the high-end trim, the Prestige. Although it brings some more features to the table, they are just a few. This makes upgrading to the Premium Plus from Premium more lucrative than that of going from Premium Plus to Prestige. So, yes, Premium Plus is worth the additional $3k expense and the best trim recommended.

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Power and Performance

“The redesigned 2018 Audi A5 has all the makings of a fun-to-drive luxury small car. It gives you a choice between two energetic powertrains and comes standard with all-wheel drive. The ride is smooth, and the brakes are strong. The A5 is composed around turns, while the performance-oriented S5 is downright nimble.”- cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission

An Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L  engine powers the Audi A5 Coupe. It adds 252 hp of power and 273 lb.-ft of torque to the luxury car. The transmission duties are carried away by a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine power bests BMW 430i xDrive Coupe’s 248 hp and Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe’s 241 hp.

Models Audi A5 Coupe BMW 430i xDrive Coupe Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe
MSRP $42,800 $45,500 $45,200
Engine Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121
Transmission 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission with automatic Sport and Manual shift modes and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic
Horsepower 252hp @ 5,000 rpm 248hp @ 5,200 rpm 241hp @ 5,550 rpm
Torque 273 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm 258 lb.-ft. @ 1,450 rpm 273 lb.-ft. @ 1,300 rpm

The BMW 430i xDrive Coupe works on an 8-speed Sport automatic transmission along with automatic Sport and Manual shift modes. While the Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe employs a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration

2018 Audi A5 Coupe does a 0-60 MPH acceleration in  5.7 seconds. Additionally, it takes 13.7 seconds to cover a quarter-mile. This is slightly better in contrast to the Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe.  The C300 is capable of rushing from nothing to 60 MPH in 5.9 seconds and takes 14.3 seconds to traverse a distance of quarter-mile.

Models Audi A5 Coupe BMW 430i xDrive Coupe Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe
0-60 MPH 5.7 sec 5.5 sec 5.9 sec
Quarter mile 13.7 sec 13.5 sec 14.3 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L
Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.5 6.5 7.1

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe offers better 0-60 MPH acceleration as well as quarter-mile coverage time. 5.5 seconds and 13.5 seconds, respectively. However, it has higher CO2 emission value of 7.1. Audi A5 Coupe ties with BMW 430i xDrive Coupe in terms of CO2 emission value, 6.5. Even though Audi A5 Coupe has average acceleration, it is smooth and one that every ride-lover wish to have.

Ride and Handling

2018 Audi A5 Coupe remains sangfroid while churning turns. Thanks to the built-in sports suspension, the ride stays agile even while twisting and turning are frequent. The steering, however, lacks feel at some unconventional moments.

Nonetheless, the brakes are strong and soft to provide the right stopping power on any surface. The all-wheel-drive puts the driver into full control of the Audi A5 Coupe. Overall, the ride quality is above average and enjoyable on all conditions, leave for extreme ones.

Braking

The rear brake in Audi A5 Coupe measures 13.0-inch. The front brake is a little bigger, measuring 13.3 inches. Both are bigger than to what offered by the BMW 430i xDrive Coupe and the Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe.

Model Audi A5 Coupe BMW 430i xDrive Coupe Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe
Brake Front (in.) 13.3 12.3 13
Brake Rear (in.) 13.0 11.8 11.8
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,549 3,697 3,759
60-0 MPH (ft.) 117 123 109

The brake system in Audi A5 Coupe is soft and powerful. It allows the ride to completely halt from 60 MPH at a distance of 117 feet during panic stops. BMW 430i xDrive Coupe takes even more distance to achieve the same, at 123 feet. Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe, on the other hand, offers the best panic stop distance of 109 feet.

Fuel Economy

In city conditions, the latest revamp of the Audi A5 Coupe delivers an impressive fuel economy of 24 mpg. It is 33 mpg on highways and the combined fuel economy is 27 mpg. This is slightly better than the combined fuel economy offered by the Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe, which is 25 mpg. BMW 430i xDrive Coupe also offers a combined fuel economy of 27 mpg.

Model Audi A5 Coupe BMW 430i xDrive Coupe Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe
MPG (city) 24 23 22
MPG (highway) 33 33 30
MPG (combined) 27 27 25

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Exterior

“Restrained as it may be, the A5 is elegant, with one of its biggest splashes being up front with a large trapezoidal grille.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

The curb weight of 3549 lbs. isn’t something that can be labeled as light. However, it is somewhat better than that offered by the xDrive Coupe and the C300 4Matic Coupe. The rides flaunt to have 3697 lbs. and 3759 lbs. of curb weight, respectively. Length, width, and height for the 2018 Audi A5 Coupe are 184 inches, 72.7 inches, and 54 inches, in the respective order.

Model Audi A5 Coupe BMW 430i xDrive Coupe Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe
Curb weight (lbs.) 3,549 3,697 3,759
Length(in) 184 182.7 184.5
Width(in) 72.7 71.9 71.3
Height(in) 54 54.8 55.3
Ground clearance (in) 4.7 5.1 5.1
Wheelbase (in) 108.8 110.6 111.8
Track width (in) F/R 62.5/61.7 60.8/62.8 61.5/60.9

Unfortunately, the ride has a ground clearance of merely 4.7 inches. This is least in the league. Both 430i xDrive Coupe and C300 4Matic Coupe offers slightly better ground clearance of 5.1 inches. The wheelbase for the Audi A5 Coupe is 108.8 inches, lowest in the competition.

Exterior Features
There are plenty of changes to the exterior of the all-new 2018 Audi A5 Coupe. The brilliant Singleframe grille is distinctive and better than ever. The latest addition to the Audi A5 Coupe brings:

  • Sportier presence with S line exterior featuring revamped front and rear bumpers
  • Bolder and beautiful LED taillights with dynamic turn signals
  • Upgraded dual exhaust outlets
  • Panoramic sunroof allows for more tilting and sliding than before

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Interior

“The A5 gets high marks for its modern and elegantly simple interior. Materials quality is excellent for the class, and the controls are just where you’d want them as a driver. The rear seats are rather small and best suited for smaller passengers.”- edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Audi A5 Coupe is able to accommodate a maximum of 4 persons. The front headroom, shoulder room, and legroom offered by the ride are 39, 55.3 and 41.3 inches, respectively. Though it is sufficient, it is lesser among the competition. BMW 430i xDrive Coupe offers the maximum front headroom of 40.4 inches. Surprisingly, the shoulder-room is equal in all three rides, the A5 Coupe, xDrive Coupe and the C300 4Matic Coupe.

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Seating
2018 Audi A5 Coupe Seating
Model Audi A5 Coupe BMW 430i xDrive Coupe Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe
Passenger capacity 4 4 4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39/55.3/41.3 40.4/55.3/42.2 39.8/55.3/42.2
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 36.1/50.7/32.7 37.1/49.8/33.1 35.6/51.7/33.7

Infotainment System

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Infotainment
2018 Audi A5 Coupe Infotainment

The 2018 iteration of the Audi A5 Coupe brings digital interactivity with its above average infotainment system. The infotainment screen is 7.0 inches in the Premium and Premium Plus trims. In the Prestige trim, however, the infotainment screen is better 8.3 inches. In addition to Bluetooth connectivity, the infotainment system comes with 2 USB ports, 10-speaker audio system and capability to integrate with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Interior Features

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Dashboard
2018 Audi A5 Coupe Dashboard

The redesigned 2018 Audi A5 Coupe not only looks great on the outside but on the inside too. There is an addition of stronger and aesthetically pleasing materials inside the ride. On the inside, the latest entry in the Audi A5 Coupe comes with:

  • Sleeker and contemporary cabin design
  • Rear seats are spacious than before
  • Ample Cargo space
  • Some more additional tech features are available
  • Upgrade to the Audi’s Virtual Cockpit

Cargo Capacity

The latest addition to the Audi A5 Coupe offers a trunk volume of 11.6 cubic feet. However, the BMW 430i xDrive Coupe delivers far more trunk volume than the A5 Coupe. With 15.7 cubic feet of trunk volume by its side, it offers the most space for storing cargo.

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Cargo
2018 Audi A5 Coupe Cargo
Model Audi A5 Coupe BMW 430i xDrive Coupe Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe
Trunk Volume (ft.3) 11.6 15.7 10.5

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Safety Ratings and Reliability

2018 Audi A5 Coupe takes safety and reliability earnestly with its wide range of safety and security features. In addition to having the driver and front-passenger knee airbags, the ride also has a driver and front passenger head/thorax side airbags for mitigating emergencies. Moreover, it has the ESC with secondary collision brake assist and traction control.

Vehicle Immobilizer and a tire-pressure monitoring system is also available. Safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger in addition to the active rollover protection system makes the ride highly safe and secure. It is awarded Good ratings by IIHS in roof strength and head restraints and seats, among others. Moreover, the front crash prevention is awarded a Superior rating.

Safety Features

  • Driver-adaptive and front-passenger dual-stage airbags
  • Driver and front-passenger head/thorax side airbags
  • Driver and front-passenger knee airbags
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Vehicle Immobilizer
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) in rear seats
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Active rollover protection system
  • Integrated child door locks in rear doors

IIHS Safety Ratings:

IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Ratings
Small Overlap Front (Driver’s Side) Good
Moderate Overlap Front Good
Side Good
Roof Strength Good
Head Restraints and Seats Good
Front Crash Prevention Superior
Headlights Marginal
Child Seat Anchors (LATCH) Ease of Use Good

NHTSA does not rate Audi A5 Coupe.

2018 Audi A5 Coupe Head-to-Head Competition Check

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Featuring an Intercooled Turbo Premium engine, the BMW 430i xDrive Coupe is yet another luxurious ride. Its engine is capable to deliver 248 hp of power and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Pricing options for the ride start from $45,500, which is $2700 more than that of the 2018 Audi A5 Coupe. The drive features an 8-speed sport automatic transmission with automatic sport and manual shift mode.

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe offers a slightly better 0-60 MPH acceleration time of 5.5 seconds. However, it is little bulkier than the A5 Coupe with a total curb weight of 3697 lbs. Moreover, it takes the most distance in the league to come to a halt in panic scenarios i.e. 123 feet.

Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe

Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe is about $2400 more than that of the base model of the 2018 Audi A5 Coupe. Although it is powered by a similar engine as that of the Audi A5 Coupe, it makes up for a lower power of 241 hp while maintaining the same torque of 273 lb.-ft. The rides provide a 9-speed automatic transmission mode. It offers the 60-0 MPH panic stop distance of 109 feet, best amongst all.

C300 4Matic Coupe is the bulkiest ride with a total curb weight of 3759 lbs. and slower 0-60 MPH acceleration of 5.9 seconds. Also, the CO2 emission value, 7.1, is slightly greater than the Audi A5 Coupe. The combined fuel economy, 25 mpg, is lower than that of the Audi A5, and the 430i xDrive Coupe as well.

Final Verdict for 2018 Audi A5 Coupe

2018 Audi A5 Coupe is a great combination of style, class, and performance. Adding this to the vast number of standard as well as optional features available, it makes up for a wide variety of options to pick from. Also, it has a price tag that is lowest for the base trim, Premium, and comparable to the Premium Plus trim.

If acceleration and/or lightweight build are unavoidable, then Audi A5 Coupe is not the best bet. However, performance, classy interiors and a bold and impressive body styling are what appeals the most to discerning drivers.  If that’s the case, then the answer is definitely the 2018 Audi A5 Coupe.

 

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