Auto review: 2018 Audi A5 Coupe gets a boost in horses, tech

T he Audi A5 Coupe has modernized into a second era unscathed, That is, all folks desired about it has survived.

But a second-generation 2018 A5 Coupe 2.0T also gets a fresh, confidant design, some-more turbocharged energy and an accessible six-speed primer shifter. It has a smarter, some-more worldly cabin with aloft peculiarity materials — and an accessible practical cockpit. And, a sunroof slides open now instead of a small tilt.

Also new for a U.S. this year is a four-door hatchback, that combines crossover-SUV functionality with sport-sedan performance. It’s called a Sportback, formerly accessible usually in Europe, and offers some-more room for passengers and cargo.

Performance still is a star of a show. Drop a A5 into Dynamic expostulate mode and it feels like it’s buzzing on one of those high-energy drinks. Throttle response quickens and a adaptive cessation complement tightens. The adaptive cessation is good value a additional $1,000; it fast adjusts to a highway aspect and form of driving, comfort or sport.

The A5 gets Audi’s reliable 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that’s good for 252 hp — adult from 220 hp final year — and 273 pound-feet of torque. It can be matched with a primer or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive complement is customary on all A5s.

You won’t blow folks off a highway with a A5 though it does feel copiousness quick. Zero-to-60 mph comes in 6 seconds and it has a tip speed of 130 mph.

If there’s one area of concern, it’s a steering. It’s adequate in daily pushing though lacks a frail feedback we wish in sportier driving. Still, a A5 is good staid on corners and easy to scheme around town.

Mileage total are decent with EPA-estimates during 24 mpg city, 34 on a highway, for a total normal of 27 mpg.

Inside is where there are extreme improvements for 2018, with dark-brown walnut inlays and glorious fit and finish throughout. It gets ambient LED lighting and a some-more ergonomic rigging selector.

Granted, most of a cold things comes as partial of a extensive Prestige Package that will set we behind $7,600. It includes exhilarated 10-way energy front seats, alarm complement with suit sensors, head-up tone arrangement and a honeyed 19-speaker Bang Olufsen sound system.

The tech prominence is a 12.3-inch practical cockpit display, that allows we to customize a arrangement of motorist information. Shrink a speedometer and tachometer and pierce adult automobile standing data, if we like, or even slip a navigation map from a core shade atop a lurch into a practical arrangement behind a wheel.

Seats are comfortable, supportive, most like a A4. But a backseat of a coupe is a parsimonious fist removing in and out, and could use some-more legroom and headroom, too.

At 11.6 cubic feet, load space is next normal for this shred though overlay a back seats down and we can fit a integrate of suitcases or golf bags. If load space is essential, we competence wish to journey a Sportback version, that has scarcely double a space of a coupe.

Standard reserve facilities embody rearview camera, brazen collision warning and involuntary puncture braking. A Driver Assistance Package, for $1,800, adds adaptive journey control that will even stop a car, lane-keep assist, blind-spot warning and back involuntary puncture braking.

All in all, a A5 is a estimable contender in a compress oppulance automobile segment. If it doesn’t sound discerning enough, we can always pierce adult to a sportier S5 for some-more energy — 354-hp turbocharged V-6 — and a competition cessation that gives it even larger agility.

MSRP: $42,800

As tested: $54,300 (with Prestige and Driver Assistance packages, adaptive damping suspension).

Powertrain: 2.0-liter turbo 4 with 252 hp, corresponding to 7-speed S tronic transmission.

EPA-rated during 24 mpg city, 34 highway, for a total 27 mpg.

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