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in 2010 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $21,982 - $28,313
Original MSRP: $36,000 - $44,100
MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Audi A5 Review

Review Last Updated: 7/19/12

The 2010 Audi A5 has an upscale interior and sporty handling, and is a good choice for anyone looking for an upscale coupe or convertible.

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When it was new, critics said the 2010 Audi A5 offered a premium, high-quality interior and an agile driving demeanor. It never gained much recognition as a powerful speed demon, but most reviewers felt that the A5 offered adequate power. You can choose from a coupe or soft-top convertible body style. If you need a sedan, look at the 2010 Audi A4, which is closely related to the A5. Those looking for an all-out performance machine may like the more powerful 2010 Audi S5, which is reviewed separately. The A5’s reliability score is a bit lower than the class average and therefore may be more expensive to maintain and repair compared with rivals.

The A5 is available with two engines. A 211-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes with either the coupe or convertible, while a 265-horsepower V6 is also available in A5 coupes. Critics didn’t necessarily like one engine more than the other, as the V6 model has more horsepower, while the turbo-four has more torque, making it feel quicker off the line. The base convertible comes standard with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), but all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are available on all models. A manual transmission is also available, but only on coupe models. A four-cylinder coupe with an automatic transmission gets 21/27 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class, while the base convertibles with the CVT earn 23/30 mpg. The coupe can carry 12 cubic feet of cargo in the trunk, while the convertible can carry 10.2 cubic feet of cargo, even with the roof folded. That’s more space than many rivals have when their retractable hardtops are lowered.

Inside, critics said the A5 has an upscale, high-quality interior with comfortable seats. Some testers mentioned that the back seats are cramped, but this is a typical complaint for coupes and convertibles. Leather seats, a 10-speaker stereo and Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system are all standard. Available features on upper trims include Bluetooth, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo and navigation.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for a sporty 2010 midsize car, you may like the 2010 Infiniti G. Critics said the G37 coupe and convertible are among the best performers in the segment. Keep in mind that the convertible variant uses a retractable hardtop, which may offer quieter top-up motoring, but also eats into trunk space more than the Audi’s soft top when it is down.

Another convertible you may want to consider is the 2010 Lexus IS-C. Critics said the IS-C has composed handling and an upscale interior. Like the G37 convertible, the IS-C employs a retractable hardtop rather than a soft-top like the one used on the A5. Additionally, the IS-C offers a slightly higher reliability score.

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