2017 Audi A5 Road Test and Review…
The outgoing Audi A5 coupe is still one of the most beautiful cars on the road. Its restrained elegance and gracious curves have a timeless quality, and the car promises to look good for years to come.
But time moves on, this is 2017, and the new model is here. So, how does it look?
Well actually, Audi’s designers have done an amazing job refreshing this classy coupe.
The car’s muscular new look starts with the revised grille and sleek headlights, and fresh creases and curves in the bonnet add to the effect.
It looks tough and contemporary.
And the makeover doesn’t end there. Check out the cabin. It feels spacious, wider than before, in the front seats at least.
Perhaps it’s the high dash, with those air vents along its entire length, or the neat and nicely styled centre console, or maybe it is the Milano leather upholstery, a $1,500 option.
Audi is renowned for its design focus when it comes to the comfort of driver and passengers.
Because we spend so much time in our cars these days, often struck in peak hour traffic jams, the layout needs to be pleasing and functional. That is certainly how I found it.
The infotainment screen is easy to navigate, Bluetooth paired almost instantly with my mobile, and I was impressed by the virtual cockpit.
Essentially the area behind the steering wheel can be setup to display all manner of information, including fuel consumption readings, tacho and speedometer, elapsed driving time.. even Google maps if you so desire.
Hence, a virtual cockpit.
Another neat touch is the mechanical arm that delivers the seat belts to occupants in the front seats once the door is closed.
Not a new idea, and not earth-shattering, but it somehow adds to the Audi A5 driving experience.
If you have items to transport, the boot is quite spacious, easily handling my golf clubs and assorted luggage.
And speaking of the driving experience, I especially enjoyed the sound of the 2.0 litre TSFI engine, teamed with 7-speed S tronic transmission.
In fact, it sounded so good, I kept asking myself whether it was a Boxer motor! It isn’t by the way.
Delivering 140kW of power and 320Nm of torque, this Audi might not be the fastest coupe on the market, but it felt torquey around the city, and with its road holding and handling, good fun on a longer journey too.
Fuel consumption quoted was 5.5 litres per 100km, not that I got even close to that.
This was the entry level model, with one or two extras.
List price before on roads is $69,900, but that did not include the leather upholstery I’ve already mentioned, metallic paint at $1,420, and 18 inch alloy wheels with 245/40 tyres ($423).
For me though, the most important option is the Assistance Package.
It is a suite of active safety features that I hope will eventually be fitted as standard on every vehicle.
Items like rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring… these all have an important role to play in keeping our roads safe and preventing injuries.
In the Audi A5, this pack comes in at $1,900, and it’s the first option I would choose.
All the options mentioned brought the price to $75,143.
So Audi has done a good job refreshing the popular coupe. It’s pleasing to drive and even the entry level model gets around very nicely indeed.
Audi’s A5 coupe is classy, contemporary and has a new muscular image for 2017.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Audi A5
Engine: 2.0 litre 4 cylinder turbo-petrol producing 140kW and 320Nm
Transmission: 7-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: 3yrs/unlimited kilometres
Price: from $69,900