The evolution of Audi's familial design isn't a new phenomenon, but it has received a big shot in the arm following the introduction of the new A5. Without abandoning the sporty two-door’s essentially timeless appearance, the second-generation A5 gains some notable exterior revisions, as well as new technical features and a more lavish cabin.
As before, an A5 Cabriolet (convertible) will join the hardtop Coupe model. But unlike the first A5, a new five-door Sportback model is on the way to challenge the BMW 4-Series GranCoupe. Audi also offers new versions of the high-performance S5 (listed separately), unleashing 354 horsepower from a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine.
What's New for 2018
On sale in spring of 2017, the A5 has been amply redesigned for the 2018 model year. A wider, flatter grille leads into a longer, lower power-dome hood. Creases and body lines have been sharpened. Headlights are fresh, complemented by narrow, three-dimensional LED taillights. A sizable batch of driver-assistance systems is available, including standard forward collision warning with auto emergency braking and optional adaptive cruise control that works in traffic jam.
The A5 Sportback is new to the range following a long tenure in Europe. Think of the five-door coupe as a smaller version of the stylish A7.
Choosing Your Audi A5
In each A5, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 252 horsepower (32 more than before) and 273 pound-feet of torque. According to Audi, acceleration to 60 mph takes 5.6 seconds (5.7 with manual). A new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission supplants the previous eight-speed automatic.
All A5 models have standard quattro all-wheel drive. Among the driver-assistance features, standard Audi pre sense city – the German company's name for forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking – helps detect both cornering and stationary vehicles, along with pedestrians, and can initiate full braking. Traffic sign recognition, active lane assist, vehicle exit assist, and turn assist are available. A smartphone interface for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is standard.
The 2018 A5 Coupe comes in three trim levels:
Because the A5 Coupe hasn’t changed dramatically in overall appearance, Audi enthusiasts may be the most likely prospects for the new-generation model. Basically, it’s a two-door variant of the long-popular A4 sedan. The seating configuration is essentially 2+2, but the A5 is most appealing for providing stylish, civilized transport for two – especially in convertible form.