It’s not as if we didn’t know what to expect of the 2018 Audi A5. Underneath, it’s the same as the 2017 Audi A4. It doesn’t make much sound about it, but the A4 possesses a calm ability that is as amazing as it is easily interpreted.
The same could be expressed of its two-door brother, with the warning that it has a more polarizing out design even as it strives to look sportier. As we stated in our appraisal of its baking relative coupe, the S5, the A5 takes the outbound car’s shape—one that was among the aesthetic highlights of early 21st-century automotive design—and amps up the contours until our visual VU meters flirt with the red zone.
Audi’s second-generation MLB platform underpins the A5, so when it gets here next year as a 2018 model in U.S. trim, it will asset the A4’s 252-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor, and that’s no evil situation. (European versions also offer a construction of diesel powerplants and a lower-power model of the 2.0-liter fuel four-banger.) If you’ve disbursed moment in most any brand-new Volkswagen commodity, the character of the motor will seem acquainted. But mat the valve, and when the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission grabs a wheel and the motor finds the abdominous part of its powerband, there’s an official pants-kicking punt that goes beyond what the preceding 220-horse motor could give.
And, oddly, the brand-new A5 still offers that dual-clutch shell, while the supposedly sportier S5 now relies on a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission.
Audi’s brand-new coupe demonstrates a disposition to go around areas, and quickly to footwear, but it never quite feels like it wants to compete in them. When the lines open up, long employees beckon heavy prods of the big ride, even if the phenomenon isn’t exactly a disorderly sonatum. Unlike the out, the A5’s on-street behavior is impalpable, and if the driving feels light and a tad insensible, the bodies still apparatus what’s happening down at the wheels with official grade. When it comes moment to rub speed, the brakes offer bilinear and just-firm-enough passage, giving the motorist satisfactory degrees of regulate as they go about their enterprises of converting force into energy.
Inside, the A5 follows the TT, the Q7, and the A4 into the maxi-electronic-dash epoch, giving incalculable structures to display relevant visual message, including in the TFT screen in the device sheet, directly ahead of the motorist. While some of us love this, others would be just as collection with Audi’s satisfactory head-up display and the navigation system screen off to the right. The indoor itself, largely overlapped with the A4, suggests that Audi may give its long-standing guide in substances grade to a dominance Mercedes-Benz. solace, however, is outstanding in both front rooms, and outward perceptibility has not been released on the table of style. Style, however, does convey giving up back seat area and convenience, illustration the back rooms are for infrequent use only. The back seatback folds to extend the 16-cubic-foot merchandise location, which allows for abundance of case with area to thin for buys made on a diversified street journey, so this is a helpful coupe.
Those who asset our first reaction of being underwhelmed by the design effort will find that the bodies’ many strengths are not spotcheck in the least by the component of two doors and that a customer is likely to save a tiny cash by opting for the A4. Just how much, we can’t say, since U.S. determining has yet to be published, but we expect the A5 to commence somewhere around $44,000 when it arrives next spring.