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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 Performance

Though critics agree that it’s no sports car, the 2015 Audi A5 still offers a very enjoyable driving experience with composed handling and a comfortable ride. The A5’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine trails V6 rivals in terms of muscle, but auto writers think it delivers lively acceleration nonetheless.

  • "Automotive history is filled with cars that are beautiful to behold, but not so nice to drive. The 2015 Audi A5 is a noteworthy exception, because this high-performance luxury coupe is just as thrilling to drivers as it is to oglers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Overall, the A5 is a pleasure to drive; it's only the power deficit that holds it back." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Though these cars are certainly more GTs than sports cars, they won't leave you wanting when driven simply for enjoyment." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Audi A5 features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 220 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and an eight-speed automatic is optional (standard on the A5 Cabriolet). According to the EPA, the 2015 A5 gets up to 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

The 2015 Audi S5 comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 333 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed automated manual is optional (standard on the S5 Cabriolet). The 2015 Audi RS 5 has a 450-horsepower, 4.2-liter V8 engine and a seven-speed automated manual transmission. Audi says the RS 5 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph.

Most test drivers write that the A5 delivers lively acceleration, though a few note that it has trouble matching the power of its V6 rivals at higher speeds. Meanwhile, the S5 and RS 5 thrill critics with their immense power.

  • "Though its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine isn't the fastest mill out there, it still can provide an invigorating driving experience." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although it doesn't offer the speed or sound of rival six-cylinder engines, the A5's turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides respectable acceleration and above-average real-world fuel economy. Its power deficit only really disappoints at speeds you shouldn't be reaching on public roads anyway." -- Edmunds
  • "Whether you're driving the 220-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 of the S5 with 333 horsepower, or the 4.2-liter V8 of the RS 5 with 450 horsepower, there's plenty of power in reserve." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The A5 may look like it's got a nose for speed, but the turbo 4-cylinder simply runs out of breath at higher velocities." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Handling and Braking

The 2015 A5 comes standard with all-wheel drive. A sport-tuned suspension is optional on the A5 and standard on S5 and RS 5 models. Reviewers emphasize that the A5 is no sports car, but they say that the A5 is still quite nimble, especially when equipped with the available sport suspension. They also commend the A5 for its powerful brakes, excellent all-wheel drive traction and comfortable ride.

  • "Though it's not a sports car, the 2015 Audi A5 has a taut, crisp feel on the road, combining impressive body control and a pleasant ride quality with trusty year-round traction from the all-wheel-drive system." -- Edmunds
  • "Get in and get comfortable - easy to do - and the Audi A5, S5 and RS 5 all reward you with excellent balance, poise and a comfortable ride." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Handling is good in standard form and excellent with the Sport package's sport-tuned suspension, while the ride remains supple unless you get the optional 19-in wheels, which we wouldn't advise." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Braking is powerful and stable." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 12/9/14

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