Audi A5 Coupe (2016 -) Comfort

Review by Adam Binnie on
Last Updated: 11 Jan 2017
4.6
The original Audi A5 Coupe has gone down as something of a style icon among fans of the brand, but its subtle looks were at times hard to distinguish from the four-door A4, particularly in Sportback form. You can’t say the same for the more brutish new model though.

4 out of 5

Comfort

Crunching motorway miles in an Audi A5 is a relaxing and quiet experience, with little wind, tyre or engine noise infiltrating the cabin.

The seats up front are large and supportive, particularly the optional sports versions and the extra-bolstered chairs found in the S5. Pick them with a massage function and you won’t be disappointed - it’s not as comprehensive a treatment as those in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class but there’s enough movement to mitigate any back pain.

Ride quality is very good, even on broken surfaces, with lumps and bumps absorbed by the well-judged set-up.

3 out of 5

Practicality

It’s not as practical as the Audi A4, which should be a given considering that sloping roofline. The two back seats are best described as occasional for anyone over six feet tall, although smaller passengers will find the head and legroom acceptable.

The boot is smaller than its four-door siblings, but ten litres up on the last A5, offering a total of 465 litres and 40/20/40 split rear seats.

You can also get a gesture-controlled boot opener and an electric pop-out towbar as options boosting the practicality of this two-door coupe.

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How does the boot space compare?

445 litres
Audi A5 Coupe (16 on)
410 litres
355 litres
340 litres
4.6 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Lifted from the A4 saloon and in part from the Q7 SUV, the dashboard of the A5 Coupe is head and shoulders above its competition in terms of quality of materials, fit-and-finish and ergonomics.

That’s a strong statement but one that can be easily backed up – all of the buttons and controls feel solid and pleasing to use; particularly the touch-sensitive climate control panel. The layout is simple but layered in a way that groups things together to make them easy to find.

You sit quite low which befits the coupe body shape, and it’s easy to get everything set up the way you like thanks to a highly adjustable driver’s seat and plenty of reach and rake in the steering wheel.