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MSRP: $40,000 - $79,200
Invoice: $37,200 - $73,656
MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
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Audi A5 Interior

Test drivers agree that the 2015 Audi A5 has an attractive cabin and high-end materials. They note that the front seats are roomy and comfortable, though some prefer the more supportive optional sport seats. The A5’s infotainment system can complicate certain audio and climate settings, according to some reviewers, though they say ordering the premium system with navigation can help simplify operation.

  • "Interior design is often a compromise between form vs. function. Yet somehow, Audi has managed to blend striking design with easy day-to-day usability." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As is the case with nearly all Audis, the 2015 Audi A5's interior receives high marks for its understated design and top-notch materials. Actual functionality can be hit and miss, however." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the A5 upholds Audi's reputation for high-quality cabins with a sleek dashboard, plenty of soft-touch materials and user-friendly controls." -- Left Lane News
  • "Also typical to the A5 and S5 models is Audi's stylish interior and high level of equipment." -- AutoWeek (2013)

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Seating

The 2015 Audi A5 seats four and comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Available features include heated front seats and sport seats. Test drivers say the standard front seats are comfortable and offer ample head- and legroom, but could be more supportive when cornering. As a result, several critics recommend upgrading to the sport seats, which provide more side bolstering. Like many coupes, auto writers say the A5’s rear seats lack headroom, so they’re only useful for shorter passengers.

  • "The comfort of the front seats is quite good for long road trips, but the A5's standard seats lack the type of lateral support that more spirited driving demands. Thankfully, the optional sport seats remedy this problem with their robust side bolsters and extensive adjustability. Unfortunately, there's no fix for the rear seats, as the lack of headroom makes them suitable only for smaller passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "… the standard front seats are unexpectedly plain, offering little in the way of lateral support. We expect more in a European sport/luxury coupe. The Sport package's upgraded front seats are much improved, providing ample bolstering along with excellent long-distance comfort; however, only Premium Plus and Prestige models are eligible for this upgrade." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Headroom and legroom are good for six-footers. All controls are within easy reach. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, yet firm." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Audi A5 include tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, iPod connectivity and Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch display. Available features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, a blind spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, push-button start, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and an upgraded MMI system with a 7-inch screen, navigation, Bluetooth streaming audio and Audi Connect, which provides Wi-Fi access, Google search capability and traffic and weather information through a cellular data connection (subscription required).

Most critics note that the base MMI infotainment system complicates basic audio and climate functions by requiring you to press multiple buttons to change simple settings. Some report that the premium MMI system is easier to use, and they appreciate that it has a larger screen and a controller that’s mounted on the center console instead of the dashboard.

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  • "While Audi's MMI system works well, and the other controls are easy to use, what really sets this interior apart are design and exquisite attention to detail." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Performing basic tasks with the standard dash-mounted MMI controller requires a few extra steps compared to the upgraded MMI ‘high’ interface that comes with the optional navigation system. The latter benefits from simplified menus, a slightly larger display screen and a more ergonomic controller mounted between the front seats." -- Edmunds
  • "Audi's MultiMedia Interface (MMI) absorbs most audio, navigation system, and some climate functions. While many of said functions are clearly labeled on a dashboard screen, performing simple tasks requires multiple button presses." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2015 Audi A5 Coupe has 12.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on par for the class. The A5 Cabriolet has 10.2 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up or down, which is good for a convertible. Both the A5 Coupe and the A5 Cabriolet come standard with split-folding rear seats, so you can expand the storage area for larger items.

  • "Thanks to the use of a fabric top instead of a more elaborate hardtop, the convertible trunk can still accommodate 10.2 cubic feet of cargo when the top is folded down, only 2 cubes less than the coupe." -- Edmunds
  • "Split-folding rear seat backs with releases in the trunk are a nice, unexpected convenience; they're standard on all models, including Cabriolets, which have a smaller, yet still quite useful trunk." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 4/28/15

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