Car and Driver does comprehensive reviews for many cars it tests. In these reviews, it goes step-by-step through every aspect of the car and gives each one a rating out of five stars. Then, after totaling them all up, it gets an overall rating out of five stars. For both the brand-new Audi A5 Coupe and Cabriolet, C&D gave the A5 4.5 out of 5 stars. Not too shabby, then.
In every single category, the Audi A5 received top marks, gaining at least four stars for everything. Now, we’re fans of the Audi A5 but it’s shocking to see C&D give it such high praise. While the A5 is a great car, it’s been criticized by many journalists for being a bit too numb and a bit too uninspired. However, C&D claims that its performance and handling is one of its best qualities.
Under the hood of the Audi A5, regardless of body style, is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That little motor belts out a class-leading 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. That’s more than any other four-cylinder in its class. When paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive, the A5 is capable of 0-60 mph in just over 5 seconds. Only the six-cylinder BMW 440i, Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 and Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe are faster. The A5 Coupe is faster than any four-pot coupe in the class. It’s also available with a six-speed manual, something only the BMW 440i is also available with.
On the inside, the Audi A5 is a great car to be in. The materials are all top notch and the build quality is bunker-grade. It also features a sharp and modern design that’s easy on the eyes and easy to use. Plus, it’s packed with tons of great technology, including the brilliant Virtual Cockpit. But it isn’t too cramped for a coupe, as it offers great passenger space for the front two passengers and decent space for the rear two. There’s also a good sized trunk. So it’s more practical than one might imagine. The only real knock against the interior is that it isn’t necessarily luxurious, which some customers might want for the price.
When it comes to performance and handling, the Audi A5 also runs with the best in the pack. Here’s what C&D had to say: “Quick, composed, and agile, the A5 can embarrass some of its rivals without breaking a sweat. Under its unassuming body lies a chassis that is eager for exercise, and its dynamics are easy to exploit.”
Car and Driver goes into far more, showing off its impressive fuel economy and good warranty, so it’s worth checking out. But the important part of all of this is that C&D, a publication that’s typically very critical of performance sedans and coupes for being too numb, finds the Audi A5 to be one of the best cars in the test.