Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 27 July 2017
Some 10-years back when I first encountered the original Audi A5 Coupé I found it hard to fault in terms of its overall design, build and quality. Now in its second generation, Audi has really sharpened the pencil, with much more pronounced style lines which extend the length of the body, as well as even further improved luxury and quality.
While the previous generation A5 is still a good looking car, there is just no getting away from the fact, that the simple yet functional styling changes to this latest generation have really improved the overall visual appearance of the new A5.
Athletic, Sporty and Strong are three words that quickly sum up the A5’s ultra modern looks and the reactions which it receives by on-lookers. Walter de Silva whom designed the first generation A5 was quoted as saying “The A5 is the most beautiful car I’ve ever designed,” and with this latest generation you can really feel the extension of his statement.
Beautiful Build & Cutting Edge Levels Of Technology
The statement “beauty is more than skin deep” could certainly have been coined for this car. Apart from its exterior which has received some vast styling improvements, you find that the interior of the all-new A5 is now in a league of its own. While it is built to compete with the likes of its major German competitors, the Mercedes-Benz C-Coupé and BMW 4-Series Coupé, I can say with confidence that in my opinion, it has the most solid interior build out of the three.
In S-Line trim, the cabin is adorned with beautiful bucket style seats, which are set back in an array of materials such as fine quality leather work and suede inserts along the door cards. You immediately notice the A5’s new extended air-vent, which encompasses the minimalistic dash and is a styling touch which we first saw on the current generation A4 Sedan. In keeping with its modern elegance, the 2017 A5 features an open, air-filled and minimalistic cabin space, with little in the way of buttons, and further control being utilised by its wealth of interior displays. The vehicle in question had been fitted with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrumentation cluster, all linked the extended version of the MMI centrally controlled system.
While the Virtual Cockpit is a pricey option, it is a great enhancement to the thoroughly modern interior of the A5, and adds the further dimension of a large 12.3-inch instrument display, which can feature everything from your direction of travel, media selection and other vehicle information. The Virtual Cockpit interface is customisable and can all be controlled with the steering wheel mounted controls, as can the central MMI system, which features media from pretty much every deliverable source, including the ability to utilise Apple CarPlay.
Overall luggage loading capacity has been marginally increased to 465-litres (previously 455-litres) of boot space with the seats also able to fold in the 40:20:40-split configuration. Despite being a coupé, the A5 delivers a modicum of flexibility
I spent time driving the 2.0-litre turbopetrol A5 with its excellent dual-clutch transmission or as it’s known by Audi S-Tronic. The engine delivers a very healthy 185 kW and 370 Nm of torque, resulting in the 0-100 km/h sprint being achieved in under 6.0 seconds.
In my opinion, this 2.0-litre turbopetrol S-Line trim edition is the sweet spot within the A5 line-up, as it manages to pack a serious performance, which feels right at home blended with the grand touring presence that this vehicle offers. If this isn’t enough Audi also offers the 3.0-litre TFSI S5 which develops 260 kW and 500 Nm of torque and achieves its sprint to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds.
Pricing Specs and Options
Standard with Audi’s 5-year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan and inclusive of all taxes, the latest generation A5 will cost:
• Audi A5 Coupé 2.0T FSI 140kW S tronic: R589,000
• Audi A5 Coupé 2.0T FSI 140kW S tronic Sport: R623,000
• Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI 140kW S tronic: R619,000
• Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI 140kW S tronic Sport: R653,000
• Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI 140kW quattro S tronic: R652,500
• Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI 140kW quattro S tronic Sport: R686,500
• Audi A5 Coupé 2.0T FSI 185kW quattro S tronic: R723,500
• Audi A5 Coupé 2.0T FSI 185kW quattro Stronic Sport: R757,500 (As Tested)
• Audi S5 Coupé 3.0T FSI 260kW quattro S tronic: R928,000
Of course the list of spec option which can be added is extensive and cab be costly, however the as base, the new A5 includes:
- Automatic boot opening
- Dynamic suspension
- Space-saving spare wheel
- Leather steering wheel with multiple functionality
- Audi Drive Select (Driving modes)
- ISOfix child seat mounts
- Folding rear seats
- Tyre pressure monitoring system
- Xenon headlights and LED rear lights
- Cruise control
- Automatic air conditioning
- Audi sound system
- MMI radio
- Leather upholstery
- USB and Aux inputs
- 17 Inch Alloys (upgraded to 18 Inch Sports Alloys on vehicle in question)
With the addition of the S-Line trimmed 2.0T FSI model including as standard:
- Front seats which are electrically adjustable
- quattro all-wheel drive with a self-locking centre differential
- Rear parking assist
The vehicle as tested also had additional spec options including the advanced MMI system & Virtual Cockpit, Panoramic Sunroof, Audi Parking Assist, Blind Spot Warning Assist as well as the likes of the functional and stylish 3-Zone Climate Air-Conditioning with touch sensitive controls, but to name a few nice to have options.
I have always enjoyed the styling and the offering of Audi’s A5 Coupé model, this latest generation really concrete’s my thoughts on this luxurious sports coupé.