The Audi A5 is one of the most striking coupes on the road. This vehicle has only been in production for 3 years and it is already making a place for itself in the Audi family. It seems like each year this car gets and upgrade and for 20111 that upgrade is a brand new 8-speed transmission that allows for smooths flowing shifts and extra gas mileage. These kinds of changes usually don't come so fast, but this model has been moving to the foreground of interest to many Audi fanatics.
The Audi A5 also brings a new wheel design and some new trim options to its many options. The soft top on the A5 is one of the few that actually works well and is very good at isolating road noise to keep the cabin quit. This vehicle does not offer much space in the trunk and may have a little less fuel economy than some buyers are looking for. Those are about the only things that can be looked down upon on this all new A5 model from Audi.
Bodystyles: Coupe, Convertible
Engines: 2.0L turbocharged I-4, 3.2L V-6, 3.0L supercharged V-6, 4.2L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
Models: Premium, Premium Plus, Prestige, S5
The 2011 Audi A5 and S5 have been updated with a new 8-speed automatic transmission that replaces the previous 6-speed automatic. Premium Plus and Prestige models each get two new wheel designs as well as a new Titanium Sport Package. Birch wood trim has been replaced with Nutmeg Laurel wood and the navigation system now incorporates HD Radio. Prestige models also get an optional power rear window shade and standard back up camera and rear parking sensors.
The 2011 Audi A5 is a rakish coupe both in hard top and convertible forms that out-styles the competition. Unlike the competition, though, the convertible model uses a traditional fabric roof that raises and lowers quicker than contemporary folding-metal roofs.
Leather is standard, along with power front seats, automatic climate control, a multi-function steering wheel and a power sunroof on Coupe models. Wood trim and seat heaters are optional. The trunk is fairly large and gives up only 2 cubic-feet of space on convertible models.
Performance & Handling
Thanks to its turbocharger, 2011 Audi A5's base four-cylinder engine and its 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque is a willing and capable engine, and the most efficient of the lineup. An optional 3.2-liter V-6 provides 265 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque for the more sporting, but those looking for the most performance will want the S5. Convertibles offer a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 with 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque while the coupe offers a 4.2-liter V-8 with 354 horsepower and 325 pound feet. Quattro all-wheel drive is optional on most models and standard on the S5.
Driver and passenger front airbags are standard, along with side impact thorax bags for front passengers and front and rear head curtain bags. Electronic Stability and Traction control are standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Cabriolet FWD: 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway
Cabriolet AWD: 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway
Coupe AWD manual: 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway
Coupe AWD automatic: 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway
Coupe AWD V-6 automatic: 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway
S5 Cabriolet: 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway
S5 Coupe manual: 14 mpg city/22 mpg highway
S5 Coupe automatic: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway
- Great styling
- Quick-folding convertible roof
- Good trunk space with roof down
- Strong engines
- Adult-friendly rear seats
You Won't Like
- Light steering
- No folding hard top
- So-so fuel economy
- Gets pricey quick
Great way to go topless
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