Audi A5 Review
The 2014 Audi A5 ranks 12 out of 22 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Audi A5, as well as reliability and safety data.
Though some of its rivals offer more power and sharper handling, test drivers say the 2014 Audi A5 offers a composed ride and an attractive, high-quality interior.
The 2014 Audi A5 comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that some reviewers wish had stronger acceleration. The A5 Coupe comes with a six-speed manual transmission, while the A5 Cabriolet comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that test drivers say isn’t as responsive as they would like. However, an eight-speed automatic transmission is optional, and critics write that it shifts quickly and smoothly. The EPA reports that the base A5 Coupe gets 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Reviewers say the A5 has a comfortable ride and decent cornering ability, as well as accurate steering and strong brakes.
Automotive journalists write that the 2014 Audi A5 has an attractive, well-built interior that features high-quality materials. Most test drivers say the A5’s front seats are comfortable, though some prefer the extra support of the optional sport seats. Critics think the rear seats offer too little head- and legroom to comfortably accommodate two adults, though that’s a common complaint with coupes and convertibles. Reviewers agree that the A5 Cabriolet’s fabric convertible top is very well-made, and they appreciate that cargo space doesn’t shrink when you put the top down. The A5 comes standard with leather upholstery, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, a 10-speaker stereo and Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which critics say complicates some audio and climate functions. Options include a backup camera, parking sensors, a blind spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and an upgraded MMI system with navigation.
- "In the rarefied realm of luxury 2-doors, most motors offer considerably more muscle. Of course, Audi also sells the performance-oriented S5 (reviewed separately) with its stout supercharged V6. But bring money, because the S5 doesn't come cheap." -- AutoTrader
- "The 2014 Audi A5 proves that beauty can be more than skin deep. With a pleasant driving demeanor, inviting cabin and admirable fuel economy, this sleek coupe is worthy of your attention." -- Edmunds
- "In the great tradition of high-performance luxury coupes, Audi builds one for the coffee-table art-appreciation books. Open a door and you'll find the same level of artistic expression stretching across a beautiful interior. With all that, the 2014 Audi A5 is a wonder to drive." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Many buyers will lean towards the Audi purely for the all-wheel drive; some will fall for the styling; but likely none will be disappointed." -- Motor Trend (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
Critics like the BMW 4-Series’ powerful engine options and high-quality interior. Test drivers write that even the base 428i has razor-sharp handling, which makes it one of the best performing cars in the class.
Reviewers think that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a composed ride and a smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, they say that the C-Class Coupe has a luxurious, high-quality interior and comfortable, supportive front seats.
Details: 2014 Audi A5
The 2014 Audi A5 seats four and is available in Coupe and Cabriolet body styles. The 2014 A5 is available in several trims, ranging from the base A5 Premium Coupe, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, to the top-of-the-line Audi RS5 Cabriolet, with a 4.2-liter V8 engine, all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automated manual transmission. Although it has received updates over the years, the Audi A5 has not been fully redesigned since its debut for the 2008 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 through 2014 model years.