2019 Audi A5 Coupe

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2019 Audi A5 Coupe Review

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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  • Exterior Design 7 /10
  • Performance 7 /10
  • Fuel Economy 10 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 8 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 9 /10
  • Reliability 9 /10
  • Safety 10 /10
  • Value For Money 9 /10
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2019 Audi A5 Coupe Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 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

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2019 Audi A5 Coupe Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0T Premium quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$44,200
2.0T Premium Plus quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$44,200
2.0T Prestige quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$44,200
See All 2019 Audi A5 Coupe Trims and Specs

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.

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.

2019 Audi A5 Coupe Comparisons

BMW 4 Series Coupe BMW
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Mercedes-Benz

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.

See Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Review
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