Review: Audi A5 (2007 – 2016)

Rating:

Spacious boot. Solid build quality. Good to drive on the motorway. Good handling with quattro all-wheel drive.

BMW 4 Series is better equipped and better to drive. Options can add up to thousands and make used examples difficult to price. Oil consumption problem with 2.0 TSI.

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Audi A5 (2007 – 2016): At A Glance

First introduced in 2007 as a coupe, the Audi A5 still feel surprisingly modern thanks to a series of engine and equipment upgrades. However, it is showing its age next to more recent Audi models like the A4, as well as rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and BMW 4 Series. It’s still worth a look, but be sure to check out its competitors. 

The cabin is the main area in which the A5 feels dated. It’s very well made, but the centre stack and infotainment controls feel a generation out of date compared to the sleek and modern layout in a BMW 4 Series, which also has a clearer, more user-friendly interface for its infotainment system.

Having said that, the A5 still feels like a high-quality car, with sturdy yet plush materials. Like other large coupes, the rear seats are useable if not particularly spacious, but two children will be able to get comfortable – there is no middle seat. The boot is reasonably large and practical at 455 litres – more than enough for shopping or trips away – and it can be expanded to 829 litres by folding the rear seats.

The engine range has evolved considerably since 2007. Dozens of different variants have appeared over the years, but with a common theme – all offer good performance. The choice for company car drivers is the 163PS 2.0-litre TDI Ultra, thanks to low emissions if 109g/km – but there are also more powerful diesels, along with a selection of petrol engines.

On the road the A5 is quiet, refined and easy to drive, whether cruising along the motorway or tackling a B-road. Compared to a BMW 4 Series the A5 feels heavy and has less involving steering, but it has plenty of traction and rides well, balancing good body control and comfort fairly well, though larger alloy wheels do firm things up.

It might be getting on a bit, but there is still plenty of reason to give the Audi A5 a look – it’s a solid, well-made car that drives well. It’s important to think about its rivals though – the BMW 4 Series is better too drive and just as plush, while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe feels more up-to-date. 

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What does a Audi A5 (2007 – 2016) cost?

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Buy new from £26,289
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Audi A5 (2007 – 2016): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4625–4640 mm
Width 1854–2020 mm
Height 1369–1372 mm
Wheelbase 2751 mm

Full specifications

While the Audi A5’s cabin looks quite dated compared to the latest Audi A4 and rivals like the BMW 4 Series, it is still very well-made, with plush, soft-touch materials. Sadly the centre stack layout isn’t up to the standards of more modern cars, nor is the interface for the infotainment system, which isn’t as crisp or user-friendly as the iDrive in a 4 Series.

The back row only has two seats, but they are spacious enough for children – although access is tight. If you need to regularly get in and out of the back seats an A5 Sportback will be more suitable thanls to its rear doors. At 455 litres the boot in the A5 Coupe is big enough for a trip away or a visit to the supermarket, plus the rear seats can be folded, freeing up a total of 829 litres of load volume.

Audi has done its best to keep the gadgets in the A5 up-to-date, so there is a colour infotainment screen on all models, with a high-quality audio system, Bluetooth and DAB radio as standard – but navigation is extra, unlike in BMWs. There are some odd features that betray the age of the A5 too, like a push-in key slot despite the inclusion of a keyless start button, and a lack of standard USB-connectivity.

As with all Audi models, there is an extensive list of options including adaptive cornering headlights, adjustable dampers and an array of different interior trim choices including several different types of wood, plus a selection of upholstery finishes, alloy wheel designs and numerous paint colours. Altogether these can really start adding up, so be careful when choosing the specification of your A5. 

Standard equipment:

SE trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, 6.5-inch MMI display, 10-speaker audio, Bluetooth, DAB radio, Milano leather upholstery, auto lights and auto wipers, three-zone climate control, cruise control, electric parking brake, intelligent key, auto-opening boot lid, electrically-operated mirrors.

SE Technik adds 18-inch alloy wheels, Audi Music Interface with USB connection, MMI navigation with 7-inch screen.

S line adds sports suspension, S line interior and exterior details, MMI Navigation Plus, fine Nappa leather upholstery, sports front seats, LED rear lights.

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What's the Audi A5 (2007 – 2016) like to drive?

The Audi A5 is available with a broad range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which are fairly powerful and provide good performance. The basic petrol is a 1.8-litre TFSI producing 177PS, plus there is a 2.0-litre TFSI producing 230PS. Those who want serious performance can choose an S5 with a 3.0-litre, 333PS V6 petrol.

Most buyers will be more interested in a diesel and there are three to choose from – a 2.0-litre producing 190PS, a 3.0-litre V6 TDI producing 245PS and the 2.0-litre TDI Ultra, producing 163PS. The latter makes the most sense for company car drivers, since it produces just 108g/km, making it the cheapest A5 variant to run.

Despite being the entry-level engine it is responsive and strong enough for motorway driving and overtaking, though it only comes with a manual transmission, which might put off some.

The 190PS diesel is a better bet altogether, since it has stronger performance and the option of quattro all-wheel drive, paired to either a manual or seven-speed S Tronic transmission. It's also available in front-wheel drive with a manual or Multitronic CVT automatic. 

It costs a lot, but the 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel is an excellent fit for the A5, with a huge 580Nm on tap. Acceleration is effortless, particularly for overtaking, while refinement is very good and fuel economy is acceptable, at 46.3mpg. This engine comes with quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed S Tronic transmission as standard. 

While diesel is likely to be the default choice for many A5 buyers, there's no reason to write off the petrol options, particularly the 230PS 2.0-litre TFSI. With 350Nm of torque available from low engine speeds it's a strong performer, picking up pace quickly, yet it has fairly low official fuel consumption of just over 40mpg.

On the road the A5 is quiet and refined, making it an exceptional motorway cruiser. On country roads it feels quite heavy, not helped by somewhat vague steering, but there is plenty of grip even in front-wheel drive variants. Obviously there is even more traction through corners in quattro models, which handle very well indeed, even in poor weather.

The suspension treads the line between body control and comfort very well – the A5 doesn’t roll around too much in bends, yet it is rarely uncomfortable over uneven road surfaces or potholes unless they’re particularly severe. Choosing larger alloy wheels does affect ride quality a little, though, as does the sportier suspension arrangement in S line models, so we'd avoid it if possible. 

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.8 TFSI 40–50 mpg 7.9–8.6 s 134–169 g/km
1.8 TFSI 170 50 mpg 7.9 s 134 g/km
1.8 TFSI 170 multitronic 49 mpg 8.2 s 134 g/km
1.8 TFSI 177 46–51 mpg 7.9 s 128–142 g/km
1.8 TFSI 177 multitronic 46–50 mpg 8.2 s 132–144 g/km
1.8 TFSI multitronic 39–49 mpg 8.2–8.6 s 134–169 g/km
2.0 TDI 53–61 mpg 8.2–8.4 s 120–140 g/km
2.0 TDI 177 55–61 mpg 7.8–8.2 s 120–134 g/km
2.0 TDI 177 multitronic 60 mpg 7.8 s 123 g/km
2.0 TDI 177 quattro 55 mpg 7.8 s 134 g/km
2.0 TDI 177 quattro S tronic 53 mpg 7.8 s 139 g/km
2.0 TDI 177 S tronic 53 mpg 7.8 s 139 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 58–63 mpg 7.7 s 117–129 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 multitronic 57–63 mpg 7.8 s 119–131 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 quattro 53–58 mpg 7.3–7.4 s 128–140 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 quattro S tronic 51–53 mpg 7.3 s 131–139 g/km
2.0 TDI multitronic 60 mpg 7.8 s 123 g/km
2.0 TDI quattro 48–55 mpg 7.8–8.2 s 134–156 g/km
2.0 TDIe 64 mpg 8.4 s 115 g/km
2.0 TDIe 163 67 mpg 8.3 s 115 g/km
2.0 TFSI 43–45 mpg 6.9 s 144–154 g/km
2.0 TFSI 180 43–44 mpg 7.8 s 149–154 g/km
2.0 TFSI 180 multitronic 40 mpg 8.1 s 167 g/km
2.0 TFSI 225 40 mpg 6.4 s 152 g/km
2.0 TFSI 225 quatro S tronic 39 mpg 6.4 s 155 g/km
2.0 TFSI 225 quattro 42–44 mpg 6.4 s 152 g/km
2.0 TFSI 225 quattro S tronic 40–43 mpg 6.4 s 155 g/km
2.0 TFSI 230 quattro 39–42 mpg - 157–161 g/km
2.0 TFSI 230 quattro S tronic 39–41 mpg - 159–166 g/km
2.0 TFSI multitronic 40–47 mpg 6.9 s 140–167 g/km
2.0 TFSI quattro 38–42 mpg 6.4–6.5 s 152–173 g/km
2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 38–40 mpg 6.5 s 155–175 g/km
2.7 TDI 44 mpg 7.6 s 167 g/km
2.7 TDI Automatic 44 mpg 7.6 s 167 g/km
3.0 TDI 204 multitronic 58 mpg 7.1 s 129 g/km
3.0 TDI 204 quattro S tronic 58 mpg 7.1 s 129 g/km
3.0 TDI 245 quattro S tronic 45–50 mpg 5.8 s 149 g/km
3.0 TDI multitronic 58 mpg 7.1 s 129 g/km
3.0 TDI quattro 43–49 mpg 5.9 s 151–173 g/km
3.0 TDI quattro S tronic 43–50 mpg 5.8–6.1 s 149–174 g/km
3.0 TFSI quattro 35 mpg 5.8 s 190 g/km
3.2 FSI 34 mpg 6.4 s 192 g/km
3.2 FSI quattro 31–32 mpg 6.1 s 213–214 g/km
3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic 31 mpg 6.4 s 213 g/km
S5 3.0 TFSI 333 quattro S tronic 36 mpg 4.9 s 190 g/km
S5 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 37 mpg 4.9 s 184 g/km
S5 4.2 V8 23–26 mpg 5.1–5.4 s 249–283 g/km

Real MPG average for a Audi A5 (2007 – 2016)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

77%

Real MPG

16–58 mpg

MPGs submitted

402

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What have we been asked about the Audi A5 (2007 – 2016)?

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My son's No Claims runs out soon - should we insure an old banger in his name to maintain his NCB?

We run two cars: an Audi A5, UK insured for summer and a Nissan X-Trail, insured in France for winter. We share them both with our son, who lives in London and does about 4000 miles per year. We do 40,000 miles per year and both cars are insured for us all to drive in the UK and Europe. His no claims apparently runs out after two years, which is soon, and he is keen to maintain it. How can we do this? Should we buy a banger and insure it in his name, even if he never drives it?
You can either make him the main driver on one of the vehicles and have the policy in his name, or contact future insurers to see if they will consider your shared claims history to credit his no claims. Admiral do this on some of their policies. Buying a banger and insuring it is a novel way round it and nothing to say you cannot, it just appears a very expensive way round it. You could insure him on a policy for a few months and cancel it, then request current proof of no claims. But you would then have cancellation fees. Your best out of all would be to insure him as the main user on the A5.
Answered by Tim Kelly
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