Audi’s New A5 Is Less Exciting And Comfortable Than The Competition, Says This Review

The 2017 Audi A5 Coupe may be all new, but it seems to have maintained some of its predecessor’s drawbacks.

At least that’s what CarBuyer thinks, noting that its exterior styling could make it fly under the radar and be taken for the older model as well. 

Moreover, the premium compact two-door is said to be less exciting than the equivalent BMW 4-Series, and not as comfortable as a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, but it does excel in some categories, such as rear legroom, boot space, and interior quality.

Seen here is the S line edition, which adds  peppier exterior styling, LED lights on both ends, and a stiffer sports suspension. Power, in this case, comes from a 2.0-liter diesel, which puts out 187 horsepower. The unit combines performance with good fuel economy, but while Audi claims around 67 mpg UK (55.79 mpg US / 4.2 l/100 km) combined, you’re looking at roughly 50 mpg UK (41.63 mpg US / 5.6 l/100 km), in everyday use.

So are you really better off with the new Audi A5 instead of similar models from Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus? Well, it depends on your priorities, but it’s good to know the alternatives too.


  • MultiKdizzle

    The A5 is Audi’s premier luxury coupe. Were they really content to take so few risks, on THIS car? Absurd.

    Audi need a gorgeous, edgy coupe. The original A5 was that, this one, not so much.

  • BlackPegasus

    Did this guy really make a point to tell us about the large water bottle fitting into the side door pocket? Really dude? This isn’t a minivan review, it’s suppose to be a sports coupe! Who cares about storage for a damned water bottle? 🙄

    • Matt

      It’s standard procedure in every Carbuyer review, the ‘water bottle test’.


      • Finkployd

        Best part of the review

  • Jesse A. C. Majors
    • MultiKdizzle

      I know, right?

    • Hey.. nice pic of my car ;-P

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Personally, I don’t particularly like it to begin with because I feel they ruined it, so I’m not too bothered by this.

  • Ary Wisesa

    I like the older A5 than the new one. The older one looked charming and elegant. This one looks like it tries too hard to impress, but the result is not as fascinating as the older one. Too many unnecessary lines on the bonnet.

  • nunomaiaGMR

    The new generation Audi A4 and A5 did not present significant improvements in the platform. That explains why it lag significantly behind other competitors. This happens because Audi is being downgraded inside VW to a sub-premium brand because of the Porsche management influence. The good thing is that this new generation Audi can be purchased with significant discounts with street prices much lower than the upper class competitors making the A4-A5 a fine choice for a sub-premium FWD based car.

  • Filip Mertens

    Lol, as objective as ever.

  • Enter Ranting

    I’m sorry – it looks like a two door Jetta.

  • lumo

    So in other words, it is more comfortable and more exciting than the competitions at the same time.