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#16

in 2011 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $26,845 - $34,332
Original MSRP: $36,900 - $44,650
MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy
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2011 Audi A5 Interior

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Critics on the whole are impressed by the Audi A5's lavish and comfortable cabin -- especially its high-tech gadgetry. Testers agree that the A5 is swathed in high-quality materials and find Audi’s attention to detail rewarding for passengers. But its high-tech gadgets have a learning curve to get the most use out of them and the A5’s backseats are lacking when it comes to space.

  • "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
  • "Audi's Multi Media Interface system governs various functions including the optional 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 might find it confusing." -- Cars.com
  • "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

Seating

The 2011 Audi A5 provides seating for four, though auto writers report that its backseat won't keep adults comfortable for extended periods of time. Overall, test drivers are mixed on the A5's seats. While some drivers find the seats comfortable, others say the standard seats lack support and that it can be tough to find a comfortable driving position.

  • "The front seats are supportive, though some of our testers find it difficult to achieve a comfortable driving position." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats are comfortable, although lateral support for spirited driving is lacking unless you pay the money for the upgraded sport seats." -- Edmunds
  • "The backseat is not meant for extended sitting, though, as headroom and legroom are quite limited." -- Automobile.com

Interior Features

Reviewers find that the A5 offers loads of interior convenience features that are logically laid out for drivers and passengers alike. 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. But this favorite has a steep learning curve that can easily confuse first-time users. Testers agree it is easier to use than competitors systems, but that isn’t saying much.

  • "The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel does not offer power operation, which we find a bit odd." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Audi's Multi Media Interface system governs various functions including the optional 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 might find it confusing." -- Cars.com
  • "The A5’s Multi Media Interface system is impressive, but it can also be confusing to those who are uninitiated."--Automobile.com

Cargo

Despite its 12 cubic feet of cargo space and 60/40-folding rear seatbacks, some reviewers criticize the A5 for having a narrow trunk opening that makes it difficult to load bulky items. One positive thing about having a soft-top convertible is that when the top comes down, there still is usable trunk space. While the A5’s rivals have limited trunk space with their tops down, there is plenty in the rag-top A5.

  • "The trunk has a good amount of space, but it's narrow and not very tall, which precludes hauling even moderately bulky items. Split-folding rear seatbacks are a nice, unexpected convenience. Interior storage includes large door pockets, a modestly sized glovebox, and a small center console." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's an impressive amount of space within the trunk when the top is down…you can't say this about a hardtop convertible." -- Edmunds

Critics on the whole are impressed by the Audi A5's lavish and comfortable cabin -- especially its high-tech gadgetry. Testers agree that the A5 is swathed in high-quality materials and find Audi’s attention to detail rewarding for passengers. But its high-tech gadgets have a learning curve to get the most use out of them and the A5’s backseats are lacking when it comes to space.

  • "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
  • "Audi's Multi Media Interface system governs various functions including the optional 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 might find it confusing." -- Cars.com
  • "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

Seating

The 2011 Audi A5 provides seating for four, though auto writers report that its backseat won't keep adults comfortable for extended periods of time. Overall, test drivers are mixed on the A5's seats. While some drivers find the seats comfortable, others say the standard seats lack support and that it can be tough to find a comfortable driving position.

  • "The front seats are supportive, though some of our testers find it difficult to achieve a comfortable driving position." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats are comfortable, although lateral support for spirited driving is lacking unless you pay the money for the upgraded sport seats." -- Edmunds
  • "The backseat is not meant for extended sitting, though, as headroom and legroom are quite limited." -- Automobile.com

Interior Features

Reviewers find that the A5 offers loads of interior convenience features that are logically laid out for drivers and passengers alike. 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. But this favorite has a steep learning curve that can easily confuse first-time users. Testers agree it is easier to use than competitors systems, but that isn’t saying much.

  • "The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel does not offer power operation, which we find a bit odd." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Audi's Multi Media Interface system governs various functions including the optional 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 might find it confusing." -- Cars.com
  • "The A5’s Multi Media Interface system is impressive, but it can also be confusing to those who are uninitiated."--Automobile.com

Cargo

Despite its 12 cubic feet of cargo space and 60/40-folding rear seatbacks, some reviewers criticize the A5 for having a narrow trunk opening that makes it difficult to load bulky items. One positive thing about having a soft-top convertible is that when the top comes down, there still is usable trunk space. While the A5’s rivals have limited trunk space with their tops down, there is plenty in the rag-top A5.

  • "The trunk has a good amount of space, but it's narrow and not very tall, which precludes hauling even moderately bulky items. Split-folding rear seatbacks are a nice, unexpected convenience. Interior storage includes large door pockets, a modestly sized glovebox, and a small center console." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's an impressive amount of space within the trunk when the top is down…you can't say this about a hardtop convertible." -- Edmunds
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