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Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 2, 2013

Expert Rating

4.8 (Excellent)
22 City / 31 Highway

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2013 Audi A5 OVERVIEW

The 2013 A5 comes in just a single trim level, 2.0T Premium, but it has a pair of large packages that add in more premium features. The Premium Plus package comes in at an additional $3,301 and it adds in features like: LED taillights, xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, heated front seats, Bluetooth integration and iPod integration. The Prestige Package comes in at an extra $8,789 and adds in tons more features, like: adapting headlights, Audi Advanced Key, Audi MMI Navigation, blind-spot monitoring with LED indicators and a 14-speaker, 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system. Though these packages add in premium features, the 2.0T Premium is no slouch, as it features an array of high-end features that anyone would expect of a premium coupe. Additionally, the 2.0-liter engine under the hood nets the Audi A5 a 6.2- to 6.4-secon 0-to-60 mph sprint while getting 20 to 22 mpg city and 30 to 32 mpg highway.

See our picks for best luxury cars in the CarsDirect 2013 Luxury Car Buying Guide.

Competition in this class isn’t too plentiful, but it is fierce. The first competitor for the Audi is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250, which comes in at $37,800 and features a seven-speed automatic transmission, 1.8-liter engine with 201 horsepower and synthetic leather interior. Next up will be the 2013 BMW 328i, which carries a $38,700 base MSRP along with a 230-horsepower, 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and faux-leather seating. Last on the list of competition is the 2013 Cadillac CTS coupe, which comes in at $38,905 and features a 318-horsepower, V-6 engine, and synthetic leather interior.

The Audi A5 definitely has its work cut out for it, so it needs to pack some real punch to keep putting buyers in the driver seat.

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