Simply an exercise in effortless class and engineering.
The Audi A5 isn’t a great car because it’s quick or lairy, but because it’s all so effortless.
Indeed, it’s an exercise in beautifully smooth perfection.
And, in many ways, there’s a huge amount of satisfaction in that for the driver.
There are three body styles – coupe, sportback and cabriolet.
We drove the sportback, which is low and sleek almost beyond belief, yet still boasts five doors and plenty of space in the back. Equally, the boot is long and deep.
The interior is as good as it gets, with sublime materials and a first class fit and finish, it's no wonder Audi has a top reputation in this area.
There is plenty of tech available – though most of it as cost options as is Audi’s way.
For starts you can have Audi’s excellent virtual cockpit, which sees every bit of information you could ever want spread out before you. It’s both beautiful and clever.
Other available tech includes the opportunity to operate functions on your A5 via an app on your phone, 3D nav, wireless phone charging, a Bang and Olufsen sound system, rear-view camera, 360-degree camera, auto parking, collision avoidance, automatic emergency braking and active lane assist.
There’s lots more besides.
But on to the drive. We drove the 190ps 2.0 turbo diesel and it’s an excellent choice.
It’ll waft you to 62mph in a little over seven seconds, while emitting a mere 117g/km of CO2 and getting to an on-paper mpg of 62.
Again, it's just such a smooth, effortless experience.
It's got plenty of pull, although there is a little lag on the otherwise excellent DSG auto, but it almost encourages you to take it easy because you just feel so relaxed behind the wheel.
The ride is gorgeously comfortable, yet the handling is sharp and precise and real world consumption is good – we managed 45 around town to 50-plus on the motorway.
The intelligent cruise is worth a mention, too – it’s very clever, sensing bends in the road as well as other vehicles.
There are even more economical power units if you want them, with the 150ps diesel emitting 109g/km and the Ultra version of the 190 unit putting out 106g/km. Mpg is between 62-69.
For those preferring power over economy the 2.0 petrol has 252ps, meaning 62mph in 5.8 seconds, but mpg is down to 44.
Top-end diesel power comes in the form of the 3.0 TDI, with 218ps, 119g/km and 61mpg.
Then there’s the king of them all – the S5 with its 354ps 3.0 V6, which hits 62mph in just 4.7 seconds.
Fair to say, then, that there’s an Audi A5 that meets pretty much every need.
And that’s a good thing, because it has stiff competitive in the form of the BMW 4-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
1. It’s just superbly effortless.
2. Some excellent engines.
3. Luxurious cabin.
We don't like:
1. There’s a tiny bit of lag on the auto.
2. Nothing else.
3. Nothing else.
Most fun: That’ll be the rapid 3.0-litre petrol.
Most sensible: The diesels get close to 70mpg.
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