2018 Audi A5 Series Review, Pricing, Trims, & Specs

Audi A5 Coupe | Cabriolet | Sportback Model Overview

About the Audi A5 Series

A total of three unique personalities are found in the distinctive Audi A5 lineup -- Coupe, Cabriolet, and Sportback. Each model is powered by a dynamic yet efficient 2.0-liter TFSI® direct-injection DOHC four-cylinder engine which produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Matched with an advanced seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive, these impressive models each provide groundbreaking performance to inspire your drive.

Offering quintessential coupe styling, the A5 Coupe features a dynamic S line® exterior featuring pronounced fender badges, side sills, and bumpers. Equally as sporty as it is sophisticated, this A5 stands out from the ordinary.

Looking for a combination of luxurious refinement and top-down thrills? The elegant design lines of the Audi A5 Cabriolet simply can't help but draw attention to themselves. You'll enjoy its acoustic folding roof that absorbs unwanted noise and is even able to be raised at speeds of up to 31 MPH.

Using the inspiration of a coupe, the A5 Sportback blends style with practicality by extending its sloping roofline and stretching the wheelbase. Legendary quattro® all-wheel drive technology includes a variable torque split which is able to intuitively direct power to where it's needed, giving you greater stability across all types of road conditions.

What the Critics Say

"The A5 Sportback combines the features of several Audis: the sweeping lines of the A5 coupe, the four-door layout and cargo space of the A4 sedan, and the convenience of the Q5 SUV's rear liftgate. Despite this Frankenstein formula, the A5 Sportback doesn't look or feel cobbled together. Just the opposite. It's rewarding to drive, with nimble sports-sedan handling and a spirited turbo four-cylinder." -- Car and Driver

"The A5 checks all of the boxes required in the class for performance, comfort, luxury and technology. It gets an additional edge for its sleek styling, elegantly simple cabin and easy-to-use infotainment system. On top of that, there are plenty of advanced safety features that its predecessor was missing. Pitted against the typical leaders in the class that include the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, we place the A5 at the top." -- Edmunds

What's New for 2019

While the A5 lineup will certainly look familiar as compared to last year, the 2019 model year brings some new updates as well. Now available on the A5 Coupe and Sportback is a Black optic plus package which adds 19-inch Audi Sport 5-twin-arm design wheels, black optic exterior accents, a sport suspension, and more. A5 Cabriolet and Sportback models now come standard with new 18-inch 5-arm dynamic design wheels. Optional on all A5 models, an updated Convenience package features Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear. Park assist is now included as standard on Prestige trim levels.

A5 Series Features

Unforgettable Design

A5 Coupe

A5 Coupe

The sporty appearance of the A5 Coupe is supported by the SingleframeⓇ grille, the iconic full LED headlights and LED taillights. The tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof offers both the front and rear passengers a virtually unobstructed overhead view while flooding the cabin with natural light.

A5 Cabriolet

A5 Cabriolet

Compared to the previous generation, the wheelbase of the A5 Cabriolet has grown by 0.6 inch while the overall length has grown by 1.9 inches. Inside, there's more front shoulder room and rear legroom than ever before. The fabric top can be lowered in 15 seconds and closed in 18 seconds while the car is moving at speeds of up to 31 mph.

A5 Sportback

A5 Sportback

Inspired by its larger A7 sibling, the A5 Sportback emphasizes practicality without sacrificing on its sleek coupe-like styling. Thanks to two rear doors and a massive 35 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats lowered, this sportback is perfect for whatever plans you have.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Cutting-Edge Technology

The A5 series is well-equipped with smart technology. Available Audi Virtual Cockpit is a fully digital 12.3-inch information cluster that communicates information such as available navigation, audio and compatible phone and offers Google Street View™or Google Earth™ screen options. Available MMIⓇ touch is new to the A5 family. This handwriting-recognition technology allows the driver to "write" their entry rather than selecting letters or numbers making it easier to navigate maps.

Driver Assistance Systems

The available advanced safety systems on the A5 series will make you feel confident in any driving situation. Available Rear Cross Traffic Assist uses optical warnings and radar sensors to alert you of approaching vehicles and available Audi Pre SenseⓇ city not only detects cornering and stationary vehicles and pedestrians, but can warn you of an imminent collision.

Driver Assistance Systems

Three A5 Personalities

A5 Coupe

A5 Coupe
  • Starting at $44,200 MSRP
  • Standard 2.0-liter TFSIⓇ with quattroⓇ All-Wheel Drive
  • Audi smartphone interface including Apple CarPlay® and Google™ Android Auto™
  • S line® exterior with full LED headlights
  • Audi pre sense® basic and Audi pre sense® city
  • 18-inch 5-arm-star design wheels

A5 Cabriolet

A5 Cabriolet
  • Starting at $51,200 MSRP
  • Acoustic Folding Roof Folds at Speeds Up To 31 MPH
  • Available Parking system plus with top view camera system
  • Three-zone automatic climate control system
  • Audi drive select
  • LED interior lighting package

A5 Sportback

A5 Sportback
  • Starting at $44,200 MSRP
  • Power rear tailgate release
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen® sound system with 3D sound
  • Available Adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam assist
  • Split-folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks
  • Available Audi MMI® Navigation plus with MMI® touch