2022 Audi A5 Coupe - Performance, Price, and Photos
The Audi A5 could be the perfect blend between luxury, performance, and priceby Amreetam Basu, on LISTEN 08:57
If you are looking for a luxury yet not-too-powerful two-door coupe, the A5 Coupe might be the best choice for you. This four-ringed car is a lot better looking than the more practical A5 Sportback but shares the same powertrain, interior features, and all the Audi goodness. The 261-horsepower yielding 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot sends power to all four wheels and is mated to a seven-speed DCT. Among all the other A5 variants; Sportback, Cabriolet, and Coupe, we love the Coupe for its athletic stance along with the cabin aesthetics. While the A5 Coupe is reserved for the mass, Audi also offers more spirited S5 and RS5 versions to bring out the enthusiast inside you. But, how will it perform when you compare it to the top dogs such as the BMW 4 Series, and the Lexus RC?
2022 Audi A5 Coupe - Performance, Price, and Photos
Audi A5 Coupe Performance and Capability
As expected from a budget performance coupe, the A5’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot is not going to blow your mind. But, it propels out a decent 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a mild hybrid system, which enhances low-speed driving and helps in improving fuel economy. The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic for precise gear shifts, and the iconic Quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard. Yes, the figures are not enthusiastic, but it is quite a quick car. It sprints from naught to 60 in under five seconds, and does a standing quarter-mile in about 12.5 seconds. Keep on accelerating, and you will reach 130 miles per hour before hitting the limiter. There are two more powerful variants of the A5 Coupe, one is the S5 and the other is the RS5, both with turbocharged V-6 engines. Both of them are fast and more expensive than the base A5 Coupe.
A small turbocharged engine with mild-hybrid tech cannot go wrong without offering good mileage figures. The A5 Coupe has been rated to deliver 24 miles per gallon in the city, 31 miles per gallon on the highways, and 27 miles per gallon combined. Its 15.8-gallon gas tank can deliver up to 473 miles on a full tank.
|Engine||2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four w/mild hybrid|
|0-60 mph||5.3 seconds|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
Audi A5 Coupe Exterior
If you are curious as to which two-door coupe would be our choice, it will always be the A5 Coupe over the 4 Series and the Lexus RC. Audi has done a great job retaining the core aesthetics of a two-door coupe while adding flair to the front and rear fascias. The front has sleek LED headlights as standard, but the Premium Plus and the Prestige models add Matrix LEDs with animated effects. The typical Audi honeycomb grille returns with annoying fake brake-cooling vents. Also, the hood is heavily creased, adding more aggressiveness to the front fascia. From the sides, you will witness the sloping roofline, the beautiful 18-inch wheels, and scooped-out side skirts. The rear looks just as amazing as any other Audi car. The LED taillights look great, and the bumper displays two sleek exhausts which are the real ones, unlike the fake exhausts found on the C-Class.
As a compact executive two-door coupe, the A5 is quite similar to the Lexus RC in terms of exterior dimensions. The A5 Coupe measures 184.9 inches in length, 72.9 inches in width, and 53.9 inches in height. It has a 108.8-inch long wheelbase and weighs 3,638 pounds. Comparatively, the 4 Series models have slightly longer dimensions, like the 187.9 inches length and a 112.2-inch long wheelbase.
|Front Width||62.5 in.|
|Rear Width||61.7 in.|
|Curb Weight||3,638 lbs.|
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the A5 Coupe is plush, something you can expect from a premium German car. But, a couple of the designs and features are not the latest and the greatest that you generally find inside an Audi. For example, the 10.1-inch touchscreen display is not ergonomically placed, as it is in the new-generation A3 sedan. Also, there is three-zone automatic climate control. Overall, there are plenty of modern touches too, like the seven-inch Virtual Cockpit MID for the base model and a larger 12.3-inch display for the higher trims. The whole dashboard looks gorgeous, and so do the leather seats. The interior fit and finish are great too. The majority of the touchpoints feel good and do not feel cheap anyway.
As a two-door coupe, you cannot expect good passenger capacity or interior space. At the front, there is ample headroom of 37.4 inches and 41.3 inches of space for your legs. Getting to the rear row is not easy, but if you do, you will be greeted to a cramped cocoon, with 32.7 inches of legroom and 36.1 inches of headroom available at your disposal. So, if you are buying the A5 Coupe, make sure you have a family car for your daily chores. The rear row is best fit for kids and small adults. The cargo capacity is compromised, too. You only have 10.9 cubic feet of space available behind the second row. The 4 Series has a nice and spacious cabin with a slightly less rear headroom but better legroom than the Audi A5 Coupe.
The MMI infotainment system is fluid and burdenless, and comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The base A5 Coupe comes fitted with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display which sits atop the dashboard. The Premium Plus and the Prestige benefit from a larger 12.3-inch display. A ten-speaker audio unit is standard on the base trim, while a 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen setup is standard on the Prestige trim and optional on the other two models. While Bluetooth streaming along with USB ports are present on the base trim, features like SiriusXM and a navigation system are present only in the range-topping Prestige trim.
|Headroom||37.4 in.||36.1 in.|
|Shoulder Room||55.3 in.||50.7 in.|
|Leg Room||41.3 in.||32.7 in.|
Price and Availability
The 2022 Audi A5 Coupe is available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. All trims are powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four coupled with the mild-hybrid system. The gearbox is the same seven-speed DCT, and the engine drives all four wheels as standard. The Premium holds a price tag of $46,000, excluding the $1,045 destination charges. The next is the Premium Plus, which is priced at $50,900, and the last is the range-topper Prestige model which will set you back by $55,450. The Lexus RC 300 AWD is priced somewhat similar to the A5 Coupe Premium, but the BMW 430i xDrive starts from $47,800. In that case, the A5 Coupe is in the sweet spot between the outdated Lexus RC and the pricier 4 Series.
2022 Audi A5 Coupe vs 2022 BMW 430i xDrive
Both are German-born, but the 430i xDrive has a more effortless cabin design with a lot of room for the rear passengers. Nothing like a sedan, but it is slightly better than the A5 Coupe, and adults can fit onto the back seats without much hassle. Also, you will have a slightly better cargo capacity with the 430i. Performance-wise, both of them drive well on the road, while there are subtle on-paper performance differences. The Audi A5 Coupe’s mild-hybrid mill puts out a little more horsepower, while the 430i xDrive has more twists.
Read our full review on the 2022 BMW 430i xDrive
2022 Audi A5 Coupe vs 2022 Lexus RC 300 AWD
Priced similar to the A5 Coupe, the RC 300 is a lot less powerful and isn’t efficient either. But, the interior, without a doubt, feels better than the A5 Coupe. It is rich and comes with high-quality materials, but the Audi is more techie and feels modern. One thing in which the RC aces ahead is the reliability and the availability of the advanced driver assistance features by default. Also, the base RWD model starts from about $43,000. So, if you cannot let go of your love for Japanese cars, the Lexus RC is still a decent option.
Read our full review on the 2022 Lexus RC 300 AWD