Audi A5 Review & Ratings
- 4 June 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Audi A5 is classified as a compact executive coup and was originally manufactured in 2007. This vehicle is available in a number of different trims, including the Sportback, coupe, and cabriolet. The A5 was a turning point for Audi as an automaker, marking their return to producing executive coupes, something which had not happened since the B3/B4, which was not made after 1996. The more recent A5 as well as the B8 A4 all used the Audi MLP platform in their designs. The A5 is the third couple in this automaker’s lineup, after the second generation TT and the R8.
The A5 Coupe (8T3) had a design that was heavily influenced by the Nuvolari concept car. Both the Audi A5 as well as the S5 Couple was unveiled at the same time in Salon International de l’Auto in Geneva and Melbourne International Shows back in 2007. Some of the earlier U.S models of this vehicle include the A5 3.2 FSI Quattro as well as the S5 couple 4.3 FSI Quattro. Both of these vehicles had a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, depending on the specific model. These vehicles were sold in Canada starting in 2008, and it included the AF 3.2 FSI with either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
Both the A5 and the S5 Cabriolet were produced starting in early 2009. The Cabriolet had a wide variety of features which made it an attractive option for many different consumers, including its fabric sunroof which differed greatly from the retractable hardtop that was characteristic of the Volkswagen Eos and other vehicles at the time. This vehicle replaced the A4 Cabriolet and delivery started in the second quarter of 2009.
The Audi Sportback (8TA) has a unique design with a total of 4 frameless doors as well as a tapering roofline which is what gives this vehicle its coupe-like appearance. The Sportback is similar to the A4 sedan with regards to its overall design, though there are still quite a few differences between the two. This vehicle has the front end as well as the tail lights of the A5 coupe but it has the same wheelbase as the A4. This particular model became available in Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico, Japan, and the Middle East a little bit later on but it is not sold in either Canada or the U.S.
The coupe version of the A5 was initially released to the public at the same time the A5 was. There are many visible similarities between the Audi A5 and the S5, though there are also a lot of features that set these two vehicles apart, including the wheels, spoke design, brakes, and even the seats. The coupe was marketed as more of an upscale sporty car, which was in stark contrast to the A5 in terms of its overall image. The powertrains that were used in the coupe and Sportback were different, but only starting in 2010.
The most recent Audi A5 comes with all-wheel drive and the coupe comes with a turbocharged 200hp 2.0-liter 4-cyclinder engine as well as a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic transmission. There is no doubt that this car has a stylish appearance as well as a powerful engine, making for one flashy yet practical vehicle. Over the years these vehicles have undergone numerous changes and improvements to cater to the needs of Audi’s customers as well as to attract new ones. Audi definitely has a reputation for making stylish cars with a variety of interesting and contemporary features and the A5 is a prime example of their expertise.