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Auto Express drives the new 2016 Audi A5

Audi recently launched its newest A5 Coupe, the sexier counterpart to its famous A4 sedan. The new Audi A5 Coupe still looks very much like the gorgeous car it replaces, but uses many of Audi’s new styling cues to give it a fresher look. We think it looks much better than the A4 and is one of the best looking coupes on the market. But how does it drive?

Well, Auto Express got to find out.

Audi A5 Coupé

With the new Audi A4, the four-ringed brand changed the car’s driving dynamics considerably over the previous generation. As the new Audi A5 is built on the same new MLB architecture as the A4, it’s likely that the driving dynamics will be the same. While the new A4 is considerably better than the old car, it’s still not the most exciting car in its class. And if you thought that the A5 will be largely the same, you’d be right.

The new Audi A5 is said to drive very well, with solid chassis dynamics, accurate steering and a compliant, yet firm ride. However, it could lose out to slightly more exciting cars in the class, such as the BMW 4 Series, in terms of driving dynamics. However, the same thing can be said about the new A4 and, believe me, that’s a very enjoyable car to drive. While most publications might complain that it isn’t the absolute sharpest sport sedan to ever be made, it’s far sportier and enjoyable than most in the class and fantastic to drive everyday. The new Audi A5 is much of the same.

It’s also quieter than most cars in the class, thanks to its superb build quality and aerodynamics. Its suspension is a bit more firm than the Audi A4’s though, and is more impacted by large bumps in the road. But, if you’re buying a coupe over a sedan, you’re likely willing to trade some comfort and practicality for style and sportiness.

Interior

One thing that is essentially identical to the A4 is the interior. The cabin of the new A5 is superb, with a bright airy cabin that’s both built fantastically and filled with rich materials. It also packs the same great technology as the A4, with its new MMI system and Virtual Cockpit.

The model Auto Express tested was packing Audi’s 3.0 liter TDI V6 engine, which we won’t be getting in the US. Which is a shame, as it turns out to be an excellent power plant that’s both efficient and powerful, as its 282 hp can get the A5 from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds and return 55 mpg (EU Cycle). In the US, we’ll only get the 2.0 liter TFSI engine that will pack 252 hp and should get the A5 from 0-60 mph in around 5.5 seconds. We sampled the new A4 with the same engine and it’s far quick enough while making a great noise.

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Overall, the new Audi A5 seems to be much like its A4 sibling — fast, fun and good looking with a great interior and even better technology. We recently drove the previous generation Audi A5 and, while still beautiful, it was in dire need of an update. We think this new A5 could be the very update it needed.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.