Audi’s new second-generation A5 Coupe has some rather large shoes to fill. The previous-gen car was designed by the famous Walter da Silva and was a stunning looking coupe. In fact, it’s still gorgeous today, despite it debuting almost ten years ago. However, this new car does still look great, if not quite as pretty as da Silva’s car, and its beauty is supposed to be far more than skin deep. So how good is the new Audi A5? Carwow finds out.
Unfortunately, Carwow was only able to test the least interesting version of the A5 Coupe, the 2.0 TDI 190 Ultra model. That means it has a 2.0 liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with 190 hp, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and only front-wheel drive. Now, we’re not so bummed about the engine, because small diesels make a lot of sense in Europe for emissions and tax purposes. Plus, the 2.0 TDI is a fine engine. What bums us about this car is its front-wheel drive.
Front-wheel drive is fine for a hot hatch like, say, a Volkswagen GTI. However, it’s not acceptable in a premium sports coupe. Plus, if you’re going to buy an Audi, what’s the point of ditching the famed Quattro all-wheel drive system? It’s just nonsensical. But we know how these tests go and you can only test what the company gives you. So, we get it.
However, this little front-drive Audi A5 2.0 TDI actually isn’t so bad. Is it as engaging as a BMW 4 Series? No, not really. Might it be with Quattro all-wheel drive and a better engine? Possibly, but we won’t know until we drive that car. But, it is still very nice to drive and very easy as well.
The interior is fabulous, with rich materials, superb build quality and technology that trumps six-figure luxury cars. So this A5 Coupe, despite not being the most dynamic car in the world, is lovely to drive anywhere. It’s also very quiet, comfortable and smooth. Making it ideal for daily use.
It could do with better practicality, though. In the front, the A5 Coupe is great, with excellent seats, tons of room and enough cubbies to store everything you need. However, the back seats are a bit too cramped for most adult drives. Though it does have some nice cubbies and cupholders in the back seat, which are nice.
Overall, the Audi A5 Coupe 2.0 TDI 190 Ultra seems to be a good coupe but not a great one. And, if you’re going to buy a sensible, economical and calm Audi, why go for a sporty coupe over the excellent, and more practical, Audi A4 sedan?