While the completely redesigned A5 was shown off by Audi last month, that model won't be out for this fall. That means that the outgoing model gets one more year. The A5 comes as a coupe and convertible, with a 2.0L turbo four as the only engine choice. The Audi is an attractive and understated coupe, but the interior can't keep up with the newest Mercedes C-class coupe, or the BMW 4-series, but the car is also significantly cheaper than either of those. Even eight years after the initial release, the A5 still looks stylish, and it's likely that it will continue to look good long after the trendiness of the others has faded. If you want a faster M4 fighter try the S5, if you want the newest model possible, wait a few months for the new one.
The A5 comes in three trims with a choice of two transmissions. There is a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic (the convertible is auto-only), and it's available in Komfort, Progressiv and Technik. Komfort starts with 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof (on the coupe, the convertible's is even more of a panorama when it's open), 10-speaker stereo, automatic lights and wipers, navigation, power front seats (with heat and leather), and bi-xenon headlights. Step up to progressiv and get different wheels, rear parking sensors, aluminium trim, three-zone climate control, push-button start, and Audi drive select which offers adjustment of steering, throttle response, and damping. Top of the line Technik gets blind spot warning, adaptive cruise, parking system with rear camera, and a Bang & Olufsen stereo.
Drive select, push button start, and parking sensors are available in a Komfort Plus pack, a sport package on Komfort gets sport seats, paddle shifters, a sport suspension, and black chrome pipes. On progressiv and technik, S line sport gets sport seats, paddle shifters, sport suspension, gloss black interior trim and 19-inch wheels. S line competition gets sport seats, paddles, alcantara seats, sport suspension, black exterior trim, front parking sensors, and 19-inch wheels. On Technik, a comfort seat pack gets upgraded leather and ventilated front seats. The 220 hp 2.0L four is rated at 11.3 L/100 km city, 7.8 highway with the automatic (11.3/8.0 for the convertible) and 10.6/7.3 with the manual.
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