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Audi’s A5 Coupe is a conservatively sexy little 2-door version of their popular A4 sedan….coming in 3 inches shorter than it’s 4-door big brother.
All the A5’s come with Quattro all-wheel drive…transferring power between your front and rear wheels as conditions dictate.
While blessed to be living in the little-snow South, I’ve never really been a big fan of all-wheel-drive….that is until I needed to really punch the A5 one evening on slick asphalt in a steady rain. I’ve changed my mind. That all-wheel-drive can turn a potential spin-out into drama-free acceleration.
The A5 comes standard with a 211 HP Turbo 4-cylinder. Keep that little turbo spinning above 2000 rpm’s and you have a lithe and lively ride….with the ability to go from 0 to 60 in less than 6 and a half seconds.
Our test car came with a 6-speed stick. Thanks to Audi’s light but well-connected steering, easy-effort clutch, and butter-smooth gears, the stick shift was a joy to drive….even in traffic. If you prefer an automatic, Audi has an excellent 8-speed Tiptronic for you.
As with most coupes, if you’re a six-foot driver, there’s not going to be a whole lot of room behind you for the rear-seat passengers. If you’re more in the five-foot range, hey….real people can fit back there!
The A5 Quattro with the 6-speed stick starts at $38,745 including destination charges…and comes standard with leather, 3-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, and a 5-link suspension that appeared able to take on the worst that Georgia’s roads had to offer.
For an additional $3,550, the “Premium Plus: package gets you Audi’s signature Xenon + LED lighting front and rear, heated front seats with memory, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors with heat on the outer mirrors, garage door opener, and music and Bluetooth connectivity.
$3,050 more got us nav, a CD / DVD HD radio, rear-view cam with parking assist, and on-line ability.
Another $1,550 had us riding on 19” alloys w. summer tires, a sport suspension, and sitting in sport front seats with lumbar support…..bringing our sticker to $47,510.
Again, the little 2.0 liter turbo four is a strong and willing performer.
You can get a supercharged V-6 S5 for somewhere in the mid-50’s.