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2019 Audi A5 Coupe Review

by Roger Biermann

Forget about trying to reason why you want to buy a luxury coupe. The Audi A5 Coupe is better than ever thanks to a full redesign in the latter part of 2018, ensuring the decision-making process is that little bit easier. Bold looks, strong performance, and sure-footed road holding meet with class-leading luxury and safety to form one of the best luxury coupes on the market. The great thing about the A5 is the fact that you get near A4 levels of practicality (as much as you can get with two doors less) in a handsome coupe package that you can actually live with on a day-to-day basis. Competition between Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz is tight, but the Audi has a few tricks up its sleeve.

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2019 Audi A5 Coupe Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 A5 Coupe?

The 2019 A5 Coupe remains relatively unchanged from last year's model thanks to a recently completed redesign. Audi has given new owners the option of a more customized exterior look thanks to its "Black Optics" appearance package, that adds big 19-inch wheels mated to sports suspension, blackened mirror caps, a few black painted spoiler trimmings, and an interior that, you guessed it, gets the blackened treatment as well as a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel. Black interior trim and some blue stitching on the seats round up the package. New wheel designs and added safety tech, including self-parking, full LED headlights, and blind spot detection now come as standard across the range. Audi has also discontinued its manual transmission, leaving the 7-speed dual-clutch auto as the only gearbox option.

Pros and Cons

  • LED headlights now standard
  • Understated luxury
  • Lots of standard features added for 2019
  • Turbocharger engines offer strong performance
  • Offers real practicality
  • Base price is rather high
  • Small trunk and rear seat space

A5 Coupe Exterior

The 2019 A5 Coupe looks like a German Sports Coupe through and through. Audi has successfully managed to create, or should we say sculpt a car that looks like its moving and maintaining a certain rate of speed even when standing still. The A5 looks muscular and stylish thanks in part to that diamond-inspired grille and the dual exhaust outlets at the back, and just like its smaller sibling the A4, the A5 Coupe manages to look beautiful, but also invisible at the same time, and that is exactly the type of design Audi fans have come to love so dearly. For 2019, the entire range comes with LED headlights, further pushing the car's luxury agenda. Standard 18-inch wheels make the A5 Coupe look planted, and hints at the performance potential of the car.

2019 Audi A5 Coupe In Motion
2019 Audi A5 Coupe Front View Driving
2019 Audi A5 Coupe Rear View Driving
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The A5 looks like a generously proportioned luxury coupe and is comparable in size to the A4. The coupe measures 184/79.9/54 inches length/width/height, only slightly narrower and shorter than the A4 sedan, and will take up more or less the same amount of parking space as the BMW 4 Series Coupe (182.7 / 71.9 / 54.2 inches) and Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe 184.5/79.4/55.3 inches. The A5 Coupe weighs 3,605 pounds, 92 pounds less than the all-wheel-drive BMW 430i xDrive, and 77 pounds less than the all-wheel-drive C300 Coupe, Impressive numbers for a generously sized coupe that turns all four of its wheels.

Exterior Colors

The 2019 Audi A5 Coupe doesn't shout for attention, it lets its mature yet confident styling speak for itself, and Audi's color choices reflect that narrative. Only the bolder S5 and RS5 get color choices to match their muscle car status. New A5 Coupe owners will get to choose from eleven distinct exterior colors including Brilliant Black, Ibis White, Ascari Blue Metallic, and Florett Silver Metallic, while Daytona Gray Pearl is only available with the optional black optics appearance package. Darker colors such as the Manhattan Gray Metallic suits the A5 Coupe's muscular persona.

  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • Manhattan Gray Metallic
  • Matador Red Metallic
  • Monsoon Gray Metallic
  • Navarra Blue Metallic
  • Ascari Blue Metallic
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect
  • Brilliant Black
  • Ibis White

A5 Coupe Performance

The 2019 A5 Coupe won't leave you wanting in the performance department thanks to a punchy turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with all-wheel drive. The A5 gets a single engine and gearbox option, but Audi has expertly balanced power, responsiveness and driving comfort, resulting in a car that can feel punchy or laid back according to the occasion. Audi's Quattro system features across the A5 range. It is one of the best all-wheel-drive systems in its class, and despite slight weight and fuel consumption penalties, does much to add to the overall driving appeal and outright performance of the car, and helps propel the A5 Coupe from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The A5 isn't an outright sports car, neither is it an ultra-luxurious GT cruiser. It does a bit of both, rather well.

2019 Audi A5 Coupe In Motion
2019 Audi A5 Coupe Rear View Driving
2019 Audi A5 Coupe Steering Wheel

Engine and Transmission

For 2019, Audi offers the A5 Coupe with one engine and gearbox option. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine feels strong and packs a solid lowdown punch with 248 hp at 6,000 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque available from a low 1,600 rpm. All this power gets sent to the wheels via a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. The 7-speed auto is slick and in manual mode, changes are quick and direct enough to match the engine's sporting abilities. The combination of low down torque, all-wheel drive, and a quick shifting DSG gearbox means that the A5 puts its power down neatly, and will happily cruise at its claimed top speed of 130 mph. The BMW 4 Series's turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder produces a comparable 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

  • Engine
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

If the A4 Sedan is anything to go by, you can be sure that the A5 will be a great driving car. Thanks to smooth power delivery and a slick auto box, the A5 is rather adept at cruising along the highway, add to that a lack of major wind noise and you've got yourself a comfortable GT cruiser. Audi's range of bigger wheels can make low speed driving a bit of a shaky affair, but if you stay clear of the larger wheels, low-speed city driving is comfortable. The optional sport suspension lowers the car by almost an inch and doesn't do the ride quality any favors. The all-wheel-drive Quattro system's advantages are made clear when you're driving with some fervor. The A5 feels planted and precise, and just like in the A4, the Quattro system gives the driver a sense of surety. Braking is taken care of by ABS assisted disks all-around, which provide even and consistent performance, but don't expect the same levels of bite as you'd find on the RS. The A5 feels lighter than its curb weight suggests, and delivers well-balanced handling and driving characteristics that will appeal to a broad range of drivers.

A5 Coupe Gas Mileage

Audi says the A5 Coupe will deliver fuel consumption numbers of 23/34/27 mpg city/highway/combined, which is an impressive figure if you consider that the A5 is an all-wheel-drive sports coupe that can hit sixty in under six seconds. Let the A5 stretch out on a long road trip and numbers should creep up even further. Mercedes-Benz and BMW haven't released official numbers for their two-door coupes, but Consumer Reports suggest that the BMW will return around 22/32/26 mpg while the Merc should see around 22/31/25. The 2019 A5 Coupe will swallow 15.3 gallons of premium, for an estimated range of 413 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    15.3 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 23/34 mpg
* 2019 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T Premium Plus quattro AWD Coupe

A5 Coupe Interior

The 2019 A5 Coupe's decorous exterior styling continues on to the interior, where it's all standard Audi fare (that's a good thing). The interior layout is clean, bordering on clinical, and the dashboard flow and spread of knobs and buttons look polished. Audi always puts extra effort into its cars' interiors, and it really shows in the A5 Coupe; the cabin is quiet and feels airtight. Important controls are spread logically across the dashboard and are easily accessible from the driver or passenger seat. In terms of materials and functionality, the Audi bests its German rivals. The A5 Coupe doesn't make you feel like you're in a race car, rather it envelops you in a well put together, and beautifully designed leather-wrapped German cocoon.

2019 Audi A5 Coupe Infotainment System
2019 Audi A5 Coupe Steering Wheel
2019 Audi A5 Coupe Sunroof
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Seating and Interior Space

The Audi A5 Coupe can officially carry five people, but in reality, four adults will sit comfortably. The front seats are firm, but offer good support, and will perform well over long distances, but that can't be said for the rear passengers. The rear seats are comfortable, but there's limited space, and larger passengers will feel cramped. The driver and front passenger get 41.3-inches of legroom and 39.8-inches of headroom. The Mercedes and BMW offer slightly more legroom, but the Mercedes offers the least amount of headroom (35.2 inches). Backseat legroom will always be compromised in a coupe, but the Audi still manages to offer practical seating in the rear, albeit not for larger passengers.

  • Seating capacity

Interior Colors and Materials

The A5's interior looks great, and it's here where the A5 Coupe flexes its premium muscles. Every touchpoint inside the A5's cabin has a tangible sense of quality and build quality that feels like it should belong in a top-tier premium sedan. You won't find any cloth seat options in the A5, instead, you get to choose from four styles of leather and three types of interior inlays. Aluminum Trimaran is the standard inlay on the A5 Coupe, but you can opt for Natural Gray Oak Wood or Piano Black (when you opt for the Black optic plus package). The A5 Coupe comes with supple black leather seats as standard, but new owners can opt for black leather with blue contrast stitching (via the black optic plus package). Black leather/ Rock Gray and Nougat Brown are also on offer.

A5 Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

The A5 Coupe manages to remain quite practical despite the sleek looks. Trunk space isn't class-leading, measuring 11.6 cubic feet, but the A5's flat load floor makes it easier to get things in and out, and should comfortably fit five or six Nespresso machines. Thankfully Audi included split-folding rear seats in its design. With the seats folded down, the A5 scores extra practicality points. Handy side nets and four cargo tie-downs in the rear makes organizing your stuff a little bit easier. Interior storage is passable and will do a fine job of storing all the essentials.

2019 Audi A5 Coupe Cargo Area
2019 Audi A5 Coupe Cargo Area
2019 Audi A5 Coupe Maximum Cargo Space
  • Trunk Volume
    11.6 ft³

A5 Coupe Infotainment and Features


The 2019 Audi A5 Coupe comes with a long list of features, and as of 2019, more of them come as standard. On the outside, full LED headlights now feature throughout the range. The base model (Premium) comes with heated, ten-way power front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, a generously sized panoramic sunroof, a crisp 7.0-inch color driver information system and keyless engine start/stop. Higher trim levels also get parking assistance, an upgraded sound system and semi-autonomous safety features such as traffic sign recognition, and active lane assistance.


The 2019 A5 makes use of Audi's MMI range of infotainment systems, and in base trim you get a 7-inch display screen mated to a ten-speaker sound system. The interface is relatively straightforward to navigate, and users get two USB ports for data and charging and Audi's smartphone interface including Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Behind the steering wheel sits another 7-inch display that conveys all the important driver info. The Premium Plus and Prestige trim models get a larger 8.3-inch MMI infotainment system as well as Audi's virtual cockpit, which consists of a 12.3-inch LCD fully digital instrument cluster. Both models also get full navigation and MMI handwriting recognition technology. The Prestige will keep music lovers satisfied with a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

A5 Coupe Problems and Reliability

The Audi A5 Coupe has had three major recalls in recent years. The first was due to electrical faults found in the coolant pump that can cause it to overheat or short-circuit from moisture within the pump. Another electrical fault was due to contact corrosion within the electrical connector for the auxiliary heater. This could cause wires to melt or malfunction. The most recent recall was a minor one. Certain S5 models could develop cracks in the front absorber forks, allowing the shock absorbers to loosen. Despite the recent callbacks, Audi still remains one of the top five most dependable car manufacturers in America according to the J.D. Power scorecards. Audi will back its A5 Coupe with a four year or 50,000-mile warranty. It will also throw in four years of Audi 24-Hour Roadside Assistance.

A5 Coupe Safety

The 2019 Audi A5 Coupe scores well below the Mercedes C-Class, but that doesn't mean it's not a safe car. The A5 features the same safety tech as found in the A4 (Top Safety Pick awarded by the IIHS). The A5 scored a rating of good in the following categories: small overlap, moderate overlap, roof strength as well as head restraints & seat. The child seat anchors got the IIHS's stamp of approval, and the A5's frontal crash prevention systems got a superior score. The only thing that let the A5 down was a marginal score for headlight results. The NHTSA gave it a full five out of five on their safety rating system.

Key Safety Features

Key to the A5's high safety rating is Audi's range of semi-autonomous crash prevention systems. Standard safety features on the 2019 A5 Coupe include automatic windshield wipers and headlights, a rearview camera, and Audi pre sense basic and pre sense city. This system activates your hazard lights and applies braking when an imminent collision is detected. The system also automatically shuts side windows, and pretensions the seatbelts. Other safety features included in the pre sense basic and city package include adaptive cruise control hill hold assist and collision avoidance assist. The Premium Plus trim makes parking safer thanks to front and rear acoustic sensors that make it possible to fit into the tightest spaces, as well as exit your parking space safely. The Prestige model adds adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assistance, head-up display for increased driver awareness, traffic sign recognition and high-beam assistance, making it the safest in the lineup. The Audi A5 Coupe has 8 airbags in total.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Audi A5 Coupe a good car?

The Audi A5 Coupe was a great car before the redesign in 2018. The current car is even better than that, thanks to some optional features now becoming standard across the range. Exterior styling has received a few minor tweaks and added options. The secret to the A5's success is that it does most of the things a luxury coupe should do quite well. It has enough performance to keep most drivers happy, it has superb road manners and ride comfort, it looks good, and it isn't completely impractical. Other competitors in this class might offer greater driver engagement or more rear legroom, but what they match is Audi's excellent comprehensive range of abilities. Class-leading interior quality and excellent road-holding thanks to Audi's Quattro system are two of the A5's greatest tangible highlights. The A5 should prove to be a dependable car, even though Audi USA doesn't offer the greatest warranties.

What's the Price of the 2019 Audi A5 Coupe?

The A5 Coupe is competitively priced in its segment, the base trim Premium starting at an MSRP of $44,200 excluding a $995 destination charge. The mid-range Premium Plus goes for $48,600, and the Prestige will set you back $52,300. Compared to BMW's 4 Series Coupe and Mercedes' C300 Coupe, the Audi A5 represents great value; the all-wheel-drive C300 will cost you $1,600 more, and the 430i xDrive is almost three grand more. So in essence, when you buy an A5 Coupe, you get an all-wheel-drive machine for rear-wheel drive prices.

2019 Audi A5 Coupe Models

You can have your 2019 Audi A5 Coupe in three different trim specs. The Premium trim represents the base model in the range, and for 2019 it comes with more features as standard. Larger 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights, taillights and turn indicators and a sportier S-line exterior appearance package including dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips help the Premium look the part. A full leather interior with electrically heated and adjustable seats, a moon roof and 7-inch infotainment system with ten speakers backs up the A5's premium claims. The Base trim also comes with small added touches such as automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, keyless engine start/stop and automatic windshield wipers and headlights.

The Premium Plus adds a larger instrument display cluster along with an upgraded infotainment system and a host of other tech features such as full navigation, an Audi approved anti-theft alarm system with motion sensors and increased safety thanks to side and rear pre-collision technology. The Prestige gets all optional safety equipment as well as the top of the range infotainment system. The Prestige's head up display, traffic sign recognition system and parking steering assistant makes it a pleasure to live with in the city.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0T Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
2.0T Premium Plus
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
2.0T Prestige
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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Additional Packages

The Convenience package adds an alarm system, keyless engine start/stop & entry, side and rear pre-collision assistance, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a memory function for the driver's seat and SiriusXM All Access service all for $1,500. The Premium Plus model gets the option of a Black optic plus exterior appearance package for $1,950. The package gives the A5 Coupe a more sinister look thanks to bigger 19-inch Audi Sport wheels, summer performance tires, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, black side sill blades and rear lip spoiler, contrast interior stitching in Blue, Piano Black inlays and sport suspension. Other notable options include a $950 Bang & Olufsen stereo with 19 speakers, ventilated front seats for $800 and a heated steering wheel for $200.

What Audi A5 Coupe Model Should I Buy?

Thanks to a full redesign in 2018 the A5 Coupe is feature rich, even in its base form, and in terms of value for money, beats the competition hands down. The A5 Coupe is offered in three distinct trim levels that each offers its own unique appeal. The base model undercuts the competition on price, yet still retains a bunch of safety and tech features only found on higher trim cars. The Premium Plus is comparable on price to the other big German automakers' four-wheel drive offerings and adds a large number of features to the base model's already impressive list. The better infotainment system, added safety features, and small luxury touches make the Premium Plus the best value for money A5 in the range.

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2019 Audi A5 Coupe Comparisons

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2019 Audi A5 Coupe vs BMW 4 Series Coupe

The BMW 430i xDrive offers good driver engagement, and its inline-four engine packs a serious punch, but it can't outrun the Audi while the A5 also offers a more refined and comfortable ride, and is slightly lighter on gas. The BMW has better interior space and a larger trunk and has a better rear folding seat. Both vehicles are stuffed with safety and infotainment tech, but the Audi's larger MMI cluster screen and the 8-inch infotainment display screen is superior. BMW and Audi offer a similar four-year /50,000-mile warranty.

See BMW 4 Series Coupe Review

2019 Audi A5 Coupe vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

The all-wheel-drive Mercedes C-Class (C300) is more expensive than the A5, offers similar performance numbers, but uses more fuel than the A5. Both are only available with automatic gearboxes andwill seat four adults comfortably, but the C300 has less cargo space and slightly less interior space. Both offer a good amount of standard features and safety equipment. The Mercedes is a well-balanced car that drives well but doesn't feel as planted as the A5. The C300 is arguably the better-looking car.

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