2018 Audi A5 Coupe

2018 Audi A5 Overview

All-new for the 2018 model year, the Audi A5 Coupe presents a degree of finesse and sophistication few other models in its category can match. The fluidity of its exterior styling, the gracious accommodations of its interior features and the quietly competent way it goes mark the 2018 Audi A5 Coupe as a singularly desirable automobile.

Already one of the most handsome cars on the road, the Audi A5’s styling rejuvenation makes what was merely lovely before, downright beautiful now. While the overall shape remains familiar, the elongation of its lines renders it more graceful and sportier.

Backing up the promise of the exterior styling, Audi’s engineering team fit a 252-horsepower version of the VW Group’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine as the A5’s base powerplant. A seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission feeds engine output to all four wheels.

This is a full 32 horsepower more than the previous version of Audi’s luxury sports coupe got from its standard engine. More significantly, this 2.0-liter four spins out 273 lb-ft of torque at a low 1600 rpm. This gives the A5 a zero to 60 of just over five seconds.  Driving the old and new cars back-to-back, you’ll feel the difference immediately. Long story short, the A5 now flows as well as it shows.

Impressively, it does so while retaining a smoothness and refinement of character you’ll have to experience to fully appreciate. This is a grownup’s performance car. If you’re looking for a thundering exhaust note and lumbering ride quality, you might want to turn your attention toward something more plebeian. The A5 Coupe is a slick, swift and svelte ride, specifically designed to appeal to individuals with refined tastes.

The Audi’s interior treatment underscores this assertion. The moment you settle into either of the nicely proportioned and decidedly supportive front seats, the A5 offers up your seatbelt. Rather than requiring you to look over your shoulder to locate it on the  “B” pillar, the car presents the buckle within your grasp. All you have to do is pull the belt across your body and fasten it.

Further exhibiting the panache typical of Audi, the rest of the interior is outfitted in high style. Every creature comfort you could reasonably expect is submitted in a chic arrangement, one readily telegraphing the value of the car. Clever solutions, along with outstanding materials and workmanship abound.

As an example, the TFT (thin film transfer) virtual instrument panel can be set to show a continually updating satellite view of the car’s physical position as you drive. Additionally, Audi’s MMI (multi media interface) remains one of the best telematics systems in the automotive world. That said however, we do miss the days when its monitor could be hidden away when not in use.

Still, outward visibility is excellent, which is a refreshing circumstance for a coupe. All sightlines are clean, even the rear ¾ perspective. The adaptability of the driving position further marks the A5 coupe as having been designed with the pilot in mind. The generously proportioned steering wheel adjusts for height and reach, while the front seats offer more positions and flexibility than a yoga instructor. You’ll achieve an effective arrangement of the controls in this car, regardless of the proportions of your body.

Even better, the 2018 Audi A5 Coupe’s dynamic capabilities are fully commensurate with every other aspect of the car. You can specify high performance operation or graceful cruising with the A5’s multiple driving modes. The sleek coupe tightens up when you opt for the sport configuration to reveal determined handling, resolute acceleration and acutely responsive steering. You’ll thoroughly enjoy attacking twisting two-lanes in this setting. Conversely, you’ll also appreciate the quietly unobtrusive demeanor of the A5 in normal mode during your morning and evening commutes.  

If a luxury sports coupe fits your lifestyle, you’ll want to give the 2018 Audi A5 an opportunity to sway you. Odds are, its optimal blend of performance, comfort, style and sophistication will do so. Pricing starts at $42,800.