The 2020 Audi A5 receives an exterior refresh, including a wider grille, standard LED headlights, and revised trim on the front bumper and door sills. The updated infotainment system features a 10.1-inch touchscreen and 10 times faster digital processing. The current A5 debuted in 2018.
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2020 Audi A5 Overview
Choosing Your Audi A5
The A5 comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Pricing starts at $43,895 including destination for the Premium and climbs to $53,595 for the Prestige.
The A5 is also available as a two-door Coupe, with prices that mirror those of the standard Sportback. All three models are available as a soft-top Cabriolet for $7,000 more for each trim.
Every A5 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that musters 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive comes standard, along with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The EPA rates this setup at 24 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway, and 27 combined. Each drops by one mpg on the Cabriolet.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The A5 Sportback does a fine job of accommodating five passengers. The Coupe and Cabriolet can only carry four.
Although the Sportback looks the part of a sedan, it's actually a hatchback with 21.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. With it folded, the Sportback can hold up to 35 cubic feet. That's not great capacity for a hatchback, but it's far better than a sedan of similar size.
The Coupe carries a conventional trunk, measuring a smallish 10.9 cubic feet. Trunk space in the Cabriolet shrinks to 9.29 cubic-feet.
Every A5 comes equipped with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, LED headlights and taillights. Upgrading to the Premium Plus brings blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a vehicle exit warning system, and front and rear parking sensors.
The range-topping Prestige trim includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, a surround-view camera system, traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, and an automated parking system.
The Premium Plus can be equipped with adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist through the Driver Assistance Package ($1,500).
The A5's standard infotainment system packs a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 10 speakers, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The Premium Plus adds wireless charging, satellite radio, and two rear USB ports. The Prestige also offers navigation and a 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround-sound audio system. The navigation system is available for $1,600 on the Premium Plus.
The Premium comes generously equipped with three-zone automatic climate control, heated and eight-way power front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate or trunk lid, selectable driving modes, and 18-inch wheels. The interior features leather seating, wood trim, and LED ambient lighting.
The $1,500 Convenience Package adds driver memory, push-button start, satellite radio, a vehicle anti-theft system, and the blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Individual options for all trims include a sport-tuned suspension ($250).
The Premium Plus comes standard with the Convenience Package's features, plus wireless charging, matrix-design headlights, leatherette trim for the console and armrests, and Audi's 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster.
The $1,300 Warm Weather Package furnishes ventilated front sport seats with power lumbar controls. Conversely, the Cold Weather Package ($600) brings a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and all-weather floor mats.
The Black Optic Package, also priced at $1,300, includes unique 19-inch titanium wheels, summer performance tires, glass black exterior trim, and dark aluminum dash inlays.
The top-of-the-line A5 gets animated headlights and taillights, along with the Bang & Olufsen system, navigation system, the advanced safety features, headlight washers, and LED interior lighting.
The 2020 Audi A5 is luxuriously equipped from the start, so you won't feel deprived in the least with the Premium. But if you want all the latest driver assistance technology, only the Prestige will do.
2020 Audi A5 Review
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- Elegant styling
- Punchy engine
- Modern technology
- Pricing can take off
- Cramped coupe and convertible
- A4 is similar and cheaper
Handsome styling. The main draw of the 2020 Audi A5 over the A4 is that it uses the brand's suave, coupe-like styling. The A5 Sportback still has four doors, which means it has a hatchback trunk instead of a traditional one like you’ll find on the A4. On paper, it may not sound like a drastic difference, but in person, it’s an extreme variation that gives the A5 a much prettier look.
For 2020, Audi updated the A5 lineup with reshaped LED headlights, larger air intakes, and a wider grille. Small changes, but they help the already handsome A5 look even more upscale. If you’re not a fan of the Sportback, Audi also sells the A5 in coupe and convertible body styles, which look just as good.
Audi made a few changes to the A5’s cabin, too, but they’re not nearly as noticeable. Last year’s 7.0- or 8.3-inch touchscreens have been replaced by a larger 10.1-inch unit. The screen also feature’s Audi’s latest infotainment system that sees the old control knob disappear, freeing up a lot more space on the center console and resulting in a less cluttered look.
Sporty design backed by sporty engine. The A5 only has one available engine, but it’s a good one. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 248 horsepower. It’s an engine that’s familiar to the Volkswagen family, being found in everything from the Volkswagen GTI to the Porsche Macan. In the Audi A5, the engine delivers the right amount of performance.
The motor is paired with a great seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Shifts happen quickly, with very little interruption in the way the engine delivers its power. With a quoted 0-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds, the A5 is more than quick enough for the majority of drivers.
Whether you’re darting around town or heading for a long cruise, the A5 is a comfortable, composed, and capable machine. Around corners, the A5’s well-weighted steering highlights just how agile it is. The standard all-wheel-drive system has a lot to do with that, too. On the open road, the A5 continues to impress with just how planted it is at highway speeds.
Standard tech features galore. Prices for the A5 can skyrocket easily, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get into a model that’s packed with tech. Stick with the base A5, the $43,895 Premium, and you’re still getting a well-equipped luxury vehicle.
Standard features include a 7-inch driver information center, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, smartphone compatibility, and a 10-speaker audio system. A good amount of safety features are also standard, such as pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning. A system which prepares the vehicle before an imminent collision is also included.
Expect stops as the gas pumps. While European A5 models can be fitted with diesel engines and a mild-hybrid system, there’s nothing like that for America. Without a mild-hybrid powertrain, fuel economy figures for the A5 aren’t stellar.
Coupe and Sportback bodies earn 27 miles per gallon combined, according to the EPA. Convertibles weigh more and get a slightly lower 26 mpg. These aren’t great figures, and when you combine that with the fact that the A5 needs premium gas, it knocks it down a few points.
Final thoughts. The 2020 Audi A5 is a luxury vehicle that will have you rethinking a switch to an SUV. With three different body styles to choose from, an excellent chassis, and a great list of standard tech features, the A5 hits a lot of highs for consumers searching for a luxury vehicle.
The fact that the A5 Sportback not only looks better than the regular A4 sedan, but has more cargo space makes it a better option in our opinion. But you’ll have to reach further into your wallet for the extra goodness.
We’re impressed with the A5, but we’re left wanting more safety features as standard. The majority of them are only available as part of pricey optios. As with many other coupes and convertibles, you’ll have a hard time squeezing two passengers into the back, but that’s par for the course.
Sportbacks are becoming popular as more consumers are searching for extra cargo space. The BMW 4-Series is available in similar body styles as the A5, costs more, and is more athletic around corners. Not only will you wind up paying more for the 4-Series in the beginning, but BMW’s nickel-and-dime structure for its options means you’ll likely pay even more than you think.
For something outside of the established luxury realm, there’s the Kia Stinger. It can hold more cargo than the A5, is much more affordable, has a more powerful four-cylinder engine, and comes with more standard safety features.
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