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‘A CLASSY COUPE’

Added 14th October, 2009 , updated 8th March, 2019

By Car and Driving

On paper, the MK2 model Audi A5 Coupe is the market's most complete compact executive sporting two-door model. Performance statistics, running costs, residual values, practicality - all of these things have been ruthlessly checked to improve upon standards set by rivals from Mercedes and BMW. It's a clinical approach. And not surprisingly, it's produced a car that's very difficult to fault. Think this second generation A5 coupe doesn't look much different to its predecessor? Look again. Yes, features like the previous model's wave-shaped shoulder line are carried over but the whole effect is now sharper and more modern, featuring a sculpted Singleframe grille that's significantly flatter and wider than in the previous model. Under the bonnet, the engines pretty much reflect the ones you get in the A4 line-up, with the exception of the fact that you can't get the 150PS 2.0 TDI motor. For petrol people, things kick off with the brand's 1.4 TFSI powerplant, provided in 150PS guise with 2WD in the base '35 TFSI' variant and offered with 7-speed S tronic auto transmission. There's also a 2.0 TFSI petrol engine in the '40 TFSI' model, offered with a manual or an S tronic auto gearbox. And a 245PS version of his same 2.0 TFSI unit available solely with S tronic and quattro 4WD. If, like many A5 Coupe buyers, you want a diesel, you'll probably want the 2.0 TDI 190PS unit, offered with either a manual or an S tronic auto 'box in the '40 TDI' derivative, plus if you go for the auto, there's a quattro option if you want it. If you need a diesel with more poke, there's a 286PS six cylinder 3.0 TDI '50 TDI' derivative, which only comes in quattro guise with S tronic transmission. At the top of the range, the sporting S5 quattro variant gets a 3.0 TFSI turbo V6 powerplant with 354PS. The flagship RS5 quattro gets its own 2.9-litre V6 with 450PS on tap.

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