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MSRP: $39,000 - $77,900
Invoice: $36,270 - $72,448
MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
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Audi A5 Interior

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Audi A5 has an attractive, well-built interior with high-quality materials. The A5’s front seats are generally considered comfortable by reviewers, and they are impressed with the A5 Cabriolet’s trunk space, which doesn’t shrink when the top is down. Still, critics say that the Audi MMI infotainment system can complicate simple audio and climate functions.

  • "Just as the 2014 A5's exterior shines as one of its strongest attributes, so does the interior. Clearly, outside and in, if any modern car is rolling sculpture, this one is." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As is the case with nearly all Audis, the 2014 Audi A5's interior receives high marks for its understated design and top-notch materials." -- Edmunds
  • "Also typical to the A5 and S5 models is Audi's stylish interior and high level of equipment." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "The Cabriolet's top is thick and fully lined, which is a nice touch not often found even on cars of this price level." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 Audi A5 provides seating for four and comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front seats are optional, as are sport seats with more bolstering and additional power-adjustable settings. Most test drivers agree that both the standard front seats and optional front sport seats are roomy and comfortable. However, a couple critics think that the standard front seats could offer more side bolstering. Most reviewers write that the rear seats offer too little head- and legroom to comfortably accommodate two adults, though that’s a common complaint with coupes.

  • "But 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
  • "Unfortunately, there's no fix for the rear seats, as the lack of head- and legroom makes them suitable only for smaller passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "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

The A5 comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, a 10-speaker stereo and Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch display and allows you to adjust many vehicle, audio and climate settings. Options include push-button start, a backup camera, parking sensors, a blind spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation and Audi Connect, which provides Wi-Fi access, Google search capability and traffic and weather information through a cellular data connection (subscription required).

Most test drivers agree that the base MMI infotainment system complicates basic audio and climate functions. However, some note that the MMI system with navigation system is easier to use because the controls are more straightforward and logically placed. Automotive writers appreciate the MMI and gauge cluster displays, noting that they make it easy to find important vehicle information.

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  • "Performing basic tasks with the standard dash-mounted MMI controller requires a few extra steps compared to the upgraded MMI interface that comes with the optional navigation system. The latter benefits from simplified menus and a more ergonomic console-mounted controller." -- 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)
  • "Even without navigation, though, the A5 still receives the same large display screen to view information for the audio system, and between this screen and the smaller digital multifunction display in the gauge cluster, it's easy for the driver to view all pertinent vehicle information." -- Autoblog (2013)

Cargo

The Audi A5 Coupe has 12.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than you’ll find in the Infiniti Q60, but less than you’ll find in the BMW 4-Series Coupe. The A5 Cabriolet has 10.2 cubic feet of trunk space with the top down, which is more space than the BMW 4-Series Convertible has. Both the A5 Coupe and Cabriolet have split-folding rear seats, so you can expand the storage area for larger items. Critics appreciate that the Cabriolet’s cargo space doesn’t shrink when you put the top down. In many convertibles, especially hard tops like the BMW 4-Series Convertible, the folded roof takes up a lot more space.

  • "Even better, the al fresco driving experience doesn't come at the expense of trunk space. Thanks to the use of a fabric top instead of a more elaborate hardtop, the 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: 5/12/14

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