in 2009 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $22,140 - $22,167
Original MSRP: $40,700 - $42,000
MPG: 16 City / 27 Hwy
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2009 Audi A5 Interior

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Critics, on balance, are impressed by the Audi A5's lavish and comfortable cabin -- especially its high-tech gadgetry.

  • "A driver senses that a special effort was made just to please him, yet passengers, too, are flattered by the seating comfort and the obvious care in assembling the details. This is clearly a car made for going places, a true grand tourer." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Inside, Audi carries on its tradition of classy, understated interiors. High-quality matte-black plastics are broken up with brushed-metallic accents and contrasted with pale-cream leather in our test vehicle. Some may find these treatments dark and severe, but there is no debating the quality feel of all the switches and knobs and the overall high level of execution." -- Motor Trend
  • "It has the features expected, good ergonomics, a central interface system that won't drive you to cursing, and it's all assembled to a high standard using appropriate materials." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The cabin is furnished with high quality materials and has an alluring style that actually leans more toward sporty than luxurious, yet comfort and convenience are nicely accommodated throughout." -- Carseek


The '09 A5 provides seating for four, though auto writers report that its backseat won't keep adults comfortable for extended periods of time. Overall, however, test drivers are satisfied with the A5's seats. 

  • "Thigh extensions in the seat cushions let those tall drivers use more chair than just the area under their pant pockets, and there's plenty of leg room and a good dead pedal." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Front seats should accommodate all body types and sizes comfortably. Two adults will be happy in the rear for short to moderate-length trips, but three will be tight." -- Forbes
  • "The multiadjusting front seats offer all-day touring comfort and good support during spirited driving. The rear compartment offers seating for two, though taller folks will find under-thigh support and legroom somewhat lacking." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seats actually accommodate adults, although headroom is a bit tight for six-plus footers." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "As with most of its competitors, the A5 won't be a prom-night enabler on account of its snug (although ergonomically correct) back seat." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Reviewers find that the A5 offers loads of interior convenience features. A reviewer favorite is its Multi-Media Interface (MMI) system -- which simplifies the use of its high-tech gadgets by consolidating them into a single, simple-to-use interface.

  • "Inside, the new coupe is equally fetching, and it can be tailored to suit individual tastes with an impressive array of optional colors, fabrics, and textures that are attainable without cracking Audi Exclusive's custom-order book." -- Motor Trend
  • "All of the instruments are logically laid out, and Audi's MMI operating system remains one of the most intuitive on the market." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The MMI system governs various functions - including the navigation system - with a central knob behind the gearshift. Thanks to more than a dozen shortcut buttons surrounding the knob, it's easier to use than BMW's similar iDrive, but uninitiated drivers may find it confusing." -- Cars.com
  • "A thick, three-spoke steering wheel feels perfectly sized and is easily adjustable thanks to its manual tilt and telescoping feature. The gear shifter is well placed, but is awkwardly tall with surprisingly long throws. An adjustable armrest alleviates the awkwardness of the shift lever's height, though not entirely." -- Forbes


Despite its 12 cubic feet of cargo space and 60/40-folding rear seatbacks, some reviewers criticize the A5 for having a narrow trunk -- which makes it difficult to load bulky items.  

  • "The separate trunk is quite generous, and the rear seatbacks can be folded down for even more cargo capacity." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The trunk has a good amount of space, but it's narrow and not very tall, which precludes hauling of bulky items. Split folding rear seatbacks are a nice convenience, though." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The A5 also has plenty of storage, from the compartments in the doors to the ones on the center console, which are perfect for a wallet or cell phone. Two cup holders in the front are big enough to fit huge lattes, but will obstruct the armrest." -- Forbes