A niche player in the Audi lineup, the A5 comes only as a coupe or convertible. Both receive fresh front-end styling for 2013, the first major update since the model's introduced in 2008.
The A5 shares a platform with the more straight-laced A4 sedan, and features a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual (coupe only) or eight-speed automatic transmission. The coupe gets treated to standard all-wheel drive, a popular option on the otherwise front-drive convertible.
While the market brims with entry-level luxury sedans, there are few coupes—and even fewer drop tops—in the A5's class, making it a little more exclusive than its sub-$40,000 base price suggests.