2019 Audi A5

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2019 Audi A5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 13, 2019


At first glance you'd recognize the Audi's distinctive timeless styling, with the big grille adorned with four overlapped rings in the front. The A5 is the most aesthetic and versatile coupe in the price range. Add plush interiors and a powerful engine, and you get your dream car in a tidy German package to drive down sunny California boulevards or cruise through the canyon.

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Pros

Strong and smooth acceleration

Immense grip around turns

Interior is modern, classy and packed with high-tech features

A comfortable ride and seats for all-day trips

Cons

Interior storage is adequate but not generous

What's New?

New Premium trim level

New wireless charger


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44200

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

154 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

273 lbs.-ft @ 1600 rpm

transmission

7-speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

MLB - evo

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.5/61.7

dimensions

wheelbase

108.8 in.

length

184 in.

width

72.7 in.

height

54 in.

curb weight

3605 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

81 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/27/34 mpg

highway range

520.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

48 months/ unlimited distance


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Styles

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Ascari Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Safety

8.0

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Audi A5 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$44,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $44,200 MSRP (23/27/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

 2019 Audi A5 Premium

Premium

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$44,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $44,200 MSRP (23/27/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

 2019 Audi A5 Prestige

Prestige

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$52,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $52,300 MSRP (23/27/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive TBD

Expert Review

6.8

Overall Rating


Starting at $44,200, the 2.0L turbo inline-4 is the perfect companion for your journey. It's not just Audi who makes a good looking convertible. Against the German trio, the BMW 4-series and the Mercedes C-class coupe, as well as a Genesis and Alfa Romeo thrown into the mix. Let's compare them and see who wins this rivalry.

2019 Audi A5 Front View
2019 Audi A5 Front View
2019 Audi A5 Rear View
2019 Audi A5 Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 
 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Audi A5 Features

7.0/10

Available in 3 trim levels, the Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, as you climb up the trim levels, you get more and more features and technology, but the price increases as well.

Model A5 Premium A5 Premium Plus A5 Prestige
MSRP $44,200 $48,600 $52,300
Key Features Audi smartphone interface including Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear with Rear cross traffic assist & Vehicle exit assist Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear with Rear cross traffic assist & Vehicle exit assist
  18" 5-arm-dynamic design wheels with 245/40 all-season tires Audi virtual cockpit Audi virtual cockpit
  Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense city Audi MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch Audi MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch
  Full LED headlight Audi advanced keykeyless start, stop and entry with hands-free trunk/tailgate release Audi advanced keykeyless start, stop and entry with hands-free trunk/tailgate release
    Audi phone box (wireless charging and signal booster) Audi phone box (wireless charging and signal booster)

We Recommend

The Premium Plus trim is the best A5 to have which comes with sporty performance upgrades and essential features like, sport-tuned adaptive suspension and an upgraded rear differential for a reasonable price.

2019 Audi A5 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The A5 has impressive road-holding capabilities. It easily navigates through sharp turns at speeds that would overwhelm lesser vehicles. The all-wheel-drive system deftly supplies power to specific wheels to aid the car's handling balance around turns. - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Audi A5 comes with a powerful 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 with a much smoother torque curve than you'd expect. With virtually zero turbo lag the throttle control is a bliss in both stop and go traffic in cities as well as cruising through highways. The tiptronic automatic transmission is quick and intuitive enough that it does not constantly need to shift through the gears to find the right one.

2019 Audi A5 Engine
2019 Audi A5 Engine

Models

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium coupe

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

MSRP

$39,990

$38,195

$43,800

$34,900

$44,200

$44,800

$46,235

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinders

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

8-speed automatic transmission

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

7-Speed automatic S tronic Dual-Clutch

8 Speed automatic

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

272 hp@ 5500rpm

280 hp @ 5200 rpm

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

252 hp @ 6,200 rpm

252 hp@ 5000rpm

248 hp@ 5200rpm

247 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

295 ft-lbs@ 3000rpm

306 lb.-ft. @ 2000-4800 rpm

273 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 1,400-4,000 rpm

273 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1450 rpm

269 ft-lbs. @ 1300 rpm

In comparison to the A5, rivals like the Cadillac ATS and the Alfa Romeo Giulia deliver more power from their 2.0L inline-4s. The arch nemesis - C-class has a similar output from the 2.0L powerplant. The Jag and the BMW 4-series have the least output, but not by a huge margin.

Acceleration

The Quattro all-wheel coupe's smooth acceleration is not to be taken lightly. Flooring the pedal makes the coupe accelerate hard and takes it to 60 in a matter of 5.7 seconds. The quarter mile is covered in 14.5 seconds, quite unexpected for a coupe which doesn't have Audi's RS badge.

2019 Audi A5
2019 Audi A5 Acceleration

Models

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium coupe

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

0-60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.5 sec

5.5 sec

6.0 sec

5.7 sec

5.5 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

14.1 sec @ 100 mph

14.1 sec @ 99 mph

14.6 sec

14.5 sec

14.3 sec

15.0 sec

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0 Liters

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4

2.0L

Emission

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

N/A

NA

TBD

-

6.5

6.6

6.3*

First to reach 60 is the Cadillac ATS in 5.3 seconds, while the BMW 4-series and Alfa Romeo Giulia finish together with the C-class coupe in 5.5 seconds. Next comes the Audi A5 with 5.7 seconds on the clock. While the Jaguar XE and the Genesis G70 lag behind taking more than 6 seconds in the process.

Ride and Handling

With an improved multi-link suspension and a stiffer chassis, the A5 coupe has a much better ride quality than the previous model. The optional adaptive dampers and sport suspensions slightly stiffened up the ride but make your daily commute sportier by keeping the coupe planted to the tarmac.

The optional dynamic steering mimics the intuitive steering usually found in high-end supercars, which varies the gear ratio based on your speed and steering angle. It has been specifically designed to give the driver optimum feedback, and can be adjusted based on the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

Braking

The Audi A5 Coupe has robust brakes that help stop it the quickest amongst its competition. The technology used is immaculate and proves to be life-saving in case of situations demanding sudden braking as well. It has 13.3-inch diameter front brakes to ensure quick braking.

Model

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium coupe

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

13

13

13.8

13.3

12.3

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

12.4

12.5

11.8

-

13

11.8

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3418

3521

3500*

3516 lbs

3704

3574

3500 lbs

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

124

153ft

-

N/A

162

184 ft (70-0)

The heavier Audi A5 gets bigger brake discs 13.3 up front and 13s at the back. Meanwhile the Alfa Romeo, the sportiest of the bunch, gets the best brakes in the segment, stopping the Giulia in merely 124 feet from 60 mph. The BMW 4-series comes with the smallest brakes and unsurprisingly takes 162 feet to stop.

2019 Audi A5 Fuel Economy

5.0/10

As far as fuel economy is concerned, the A5 has the best-in-class economy, and delivers a decent 24 in the city, 34 on the highway and 27 combined. The fuel economy comes off as a plus point when you notice the performance aspect of the Audi A5 Coupe.

Model

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium coupe

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

MPG (city)

22

24

22

21

24

24

24

MPG (highway)

30

33

33

28

34

34

34

MPG (combined)

25

27

26

23

27

27

28

Most sedans and coupes maintain 24 miles to the gallon city mileage, compared to the A5's 22. The Genesis lags behind in this department, with 23 mpg combined, while the Jaguar XE leads with 28 mpg combined. The C300 gets you similar economy to the A5, 27 mpg combined.

2019 Audi A5 Interior

The A5's cabin is a wonderful expression of modern, understated luxury. The materials quality is high, and the smart layout of controls makes operation easy and distraction-free. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

For a luxury coupe, the seating capability of 4 passengers does not seem justified. The sloping roofline for the coupe type body of the car compromises for the seating comfort in the rear seats. Headroom and shoulder room is not much, however; the passengers in the front are comfortable in the leather seats.

2019 Audi A5 Seating
2019 Audi A5 Front Seat

Models

Mercedes C300 4Matic convertible

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium sportback

BMW 430i convertible

Passenger capacity

4

5

4

Front

Head room (cu.ft)

40.3

39.4

39.8

Shoulder

Head room

54.8

55.7

55.3

Leg

Head room

NA

41.3

42.2

Rear

Head room (cu.ft)

35.6

NA

36.1

Shoulder

Head room

51.7

54.5

51.7

Leg room

NA

35.1

33.7

The low sloping roofline of the coupe leaves lesser headroom for you compared to the rival sedans and coupes, so if you're taller than six-feet you'd find comfort in taller sedans like the Audi and Genesis, which also come with premium quality interiors. While, the Alfa Romeo has a more driver-centric cabin design.

Infotainment System

The Audi's convertible is full to the brim with high-end features and technologies at the price range. With a 10-speaker system, upgradeable to a 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround sound system, the Audi could make it feel like a concert within your car. The integrated driver information system with Bluetooth compatibility.

2019 Audi A5 Infotainment
2019 Audi A5 infotainment Display

On the steering you'd find the cruise and audio controls at your thumb's reach. However with a major update around the corner, we could see Audi bringing much more to the table.

Cargo Capacity

Despite its size, the Audi A5 has the trunk size that you'd require from a coupe. At 21.8 cubic feet, the trunk is much larger than the 10.5 cubic feet capacity of the C-class, also ahead of the Lexus and top of the line BMW 4-series which has 15.7 cubic feet.

2019 Audi A5 trunk
2019 Audi A5 Trunk Space

Model

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium coupe

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

10.4

13.0

10.5

10.5

21.8

15.7

16.1

2019 Audi A5 front seat
2019 Audi A5 front seat
2019 Audi A5 sunroof
2019 Audi A5 sunroof
2019 Audi A5 steering
2019 Audi A5 steering
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2019 Audi A5 rear seat
2019 Audi A5 rear seat
2019 Audi A5 trunk
2019 Audi A5 trunk
2019 Audi A5 rear seat folded
2019 Audi A5 rear seat folded

2019 Audi A5 Exterior

The A5's evolution has been slow and deliberate. Most buyers may have a hard time distinguishing the coupe or convertible from its predecessor that debuted in 2007. - Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

Even though the Audi A5 is loaded with features and technology, it manages to weigh less than 4000 pounds which is considered to be a good weight for a luxury coupe. The handling is amazing and the Quattro AWD technology of the Audi helps make it razor sharp precise while steering. This helps in cornering perfectly at high speeds as well making it a very confidence-inspiring car.

2019 Audi A5 Side View
2019 Audi A5 Side view

Model

Cadillac ATS coupe

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Mercedes C300 4Matic coupe

Genesis G70

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium coupe

BMW 430i coupe

Jaguar XE

Curb weight (lbs.)

3418

3521

3500*

3516 lbs

3704

3574

3500 lbs

Length(in)

183.6

182.6

184.5

184.4 in

186.3

182.7

183.9

Width(in)

72.5

73.7

71.3

72.8 in

72.6

71.9

77.4

Height(in)

54.8

56.5

55.3

55.1 in

54.6

54.2

55.8

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

NA

3.5

5.1 in

N/A

5.1

-

Wheelbase (in)

109.3

111

111.8

111.6 in

111.2

110.6

111.6

Track width (in) F/R

60.3/61.7

61.3/63.9

61.5/60.9

-

62.5/61.7

60.8/62.8

62.8/62.4

The Cadillac ATS coupe is the lightest vehicle compared to the competitors, with the Audi and BMW on the other end of the scale. However, you might need to be extra careful on speed bumps, given the tiny 3.5-inch ground clearance in the Mercedes coupe. The A5 is the longest, while the Jag is widest sedan in the segment, so if you find yourself frequently having to maneuver through tight traffic, you'd better avoid the Jaguar XE.

2019 Audi A5 front view
2019 Audi A5 front view
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2019 Audi A5 Rear View
2019 Audi A5 rear view
2019 Audi A5 taillight
2019 Audi A5 taillight

2019 Audi A5 Safety

8.0/10

Safety and Reliability

  • SIDEGUARD Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • SIDEGUARD Curtain 2nd Row Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
2019 Audi A5 safety feature
2019 Audi A5 Driving Assistance

 

2019 Audi A5 Competition

Audi A5 vs Mercedes-Benz C300

The Audi has a much more updated and new character than the C300 which blends into models from previous model years. The interior is equally plush and technology rich in both of these coupes, wth the Audi having a slight upper edge. The driving dynamics of the C300 is much more aggressive compared to which the Audi A5 feels tamed and smoother through corners.

2019 Mercedes Benz C300
2019 Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe

Audi A5 vs BMW 430i

Unlike the BMW M4, the 430i doesn't get your adrenaline rushing as much. The A5 prevails here with a much more city focussed ride and comfort. Even the updated tech in the interior makes the A5 a more attractive package than the 430i. However, once you push the throttle to the limit, the BMW sings louder and propels you faster through the quarter mile.

2019 BMW 4 series
2019 BMW 430i Coupe

 

2019 Audi A5 Final Verdict

The Audi A5 may not be the most aggressive coupe, but at this price point it ticks all the right boxes that a daily driver should fill. The driving dynamics make it easy to cruise around cities and highways. The interior is comfortable and well equipped for longer rides. Even the cargo bay is large enough to carry most of the luggage you would need to carry along for the rides.