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2010 Audi A5

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2010 Audi A5 Review

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The recent addition of the sleek A5 all-wheel-drive coupe to Audi's ever-broadening model lineup has been met with praise from both critics and devotees alike. Based on the newest platform architecture, which it shares with the 2010 A4 line, the A5 gives the German automaker a serious competitor to several premium-grade, enthusiast-oriented two-door models, including the BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37 and new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe. With its potent powertrain choices, head-turning looks, comprehensive features, seating for four and a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, the A5 definitely raises Audi's overall image and style rating – and most likely will do the same for its sales numbers, as well.

You'll Like This Car If...

Coupe fans shopping for a well-rounded package with high-profile looks, impressive performance and plenty of practicality are going to find a lot to like in the 2010 Audi A5.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Although far more accommodating than a traditional 2+2 design, the A5's subcompact-scaled rear seats won't win many raves from taller passengers. Some owners may find the multi-layer menu system on Audi's Multimedia Interface to be overly and unnecessarily complex.

What's New for 2010

The 2.0T model is introduced for 2010 and replaces the 3.2-liter V6 quattro with the manual transmission. The newest coupe drops the price of the manual quattro A5 by $4,700. Other enhancements for 2010 include LED tail lamps on Premium Plus and Prestige models, new wheel designs for the 2.0T Premium and improved navigation with SIRIUS Traffic.

Driving the A5

Driving Impressions Fortified with Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system, it's no surprise that the 2010 Audi A5 is an exceptionally confident handler, but equal credit for that prowess is due to a...

ultra-rigid platform design that features additional mass-reducing aluminum-intensive suspension components and a more pronounced engine setback that creates better overall balance. The net result is that the A5 feels impressively neutral when being hustled through corners, turning in crisply and tracking cleanly. Although the stability and traction control remains vigilant, it's far from intrusive and can be switched off. Overall, the A5's ride falls on the firm side of comfortable and it does get noticeably stiffer when the car is fitted with the optional S line Sport Package – or even just the optional 19-inch wheels on lower-profile tires. The punchy 3.2-liter V6 deals equally well with city commutes and cross-country cruising, and the A5's anti-lock disc brakes provide plenty of consistent stopping power.

Quattro All-wheel Drive
The A5's standard full-time quattro system is designed to optimize the power balance to all four tires all of the time. While normally apportioning motive force in a 40/60 percent front-to-rear split via a Torsen locking center differential, it can vary those percentages between 65/35 and 15/85 as traction conditions warrant.

Optional LED Daytime Running Lights
Included as part of the Premium Package, these high-tech dazzlers underscore the halogen and bi-xenon headlights in a sensual string of bright-white bullet points that add even more future-tech character to the A5's face.

2010 Audi A5 Details
Interior

In keeping with Audi's well-established tradition, the A5's cabin design reflects a masterful blend of contemporary style and impressive functionality. The impeccable melding of leather upholstery and wood and aluminum accents with an abundance of soft-touch surfaces and finger-friendly switchgear sets a welcoming tone for up to four people. Primary control layouts prioritize the driver's needs, but the front power seats provide equal-opportunity comfort and support for the front passenger as well. Rear seating is a bit less accommodating, although the "bucketed" bench can carry two average-sized adults and its 60/40 split-folding back opens up a huge pass-through to the A5's unexpectedly large 16.1 cubic-foot trunk.

Exterior
2010 Audi A5 photo

The 2010 Audi A5 makes a dramatic visual statement that starts with Audi's prominent mono-form grille and large air intakes. From there, its well-sculpted side contours are punctuated by a crisp character line that sweeps back from the headlights to the taillights in a manner that accentuates both the A5's shoulders and its aggressively flared wheelwells. Short overhangs, a steeply raked windshield and an equally sleek trapezoidal C-pillar treatment further reinforce the car's low, wide stance, which is complemented by 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels wrapped in 245/40 all-season tires. The optional S line Package cranks that intensity up a notch, netting more aggressive fascia treatments, a lower ride height and 255/35 performance tires on 19-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

To put it mildly, the A5 is an exceptionally well-appointed vehicle. Beyond leather and wood, its passenger compartment boasts a full array of power assists, automatic climate control, multifunction steering wheel on a tilt and telescoping column, a driver information system, comprehensive Audi Multimedia Interface controller, 180-watt/10-speaker sound system with six-disc CD changer and MP3 capability, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, panoramic sunroof and cruise control. Dynamic aids include the quattro all-wheel-drive system, stability control and anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution. All A5s are fitted with front, front-side, side-curtain and knee airbags.

Optional Equipment

Extras for the A5 mainly fall into in three key groups: The Premium Plus Package adds bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, heated front seats, iPod interface, rain and light sensors and tri-zone air conditioning; the Prestige Package includes the Premium Plus Package and adds Advanced Keyless Entry, Bang and Olufsen audio, voice activated navigation, auto-dimming inside and outside mirrors and memory feature for mirrors and driver's seat. The Sport Package includes a sport suspension, wheels and tires, sport seats, steering-wheel-mounted shifter paddles on automatic models and special exterior and interior trims, while the S-Line package includes much of the Sport Package equipment plus unique front and rear bumpers, leather and alcantara sport seats and brushed aluminum interior trim. Stand alone options include Adaptive Speed Control, Milano leather seating and a choice of three interior wood trims.

Under the Hood

The A5 uses Audi's superb 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four cylinder engine as its base powerplant. The peppy and fuel efficient 2.0-liter turbo may surprise many enthusiasts who think only a V6 or V8 can deliver the kind of performance the A5's sleek body promises; it's also the only choice for those who prefer a manual transmission. The 3.2-liter FSI V6 features an aluminum engine with direct injection, a dual-stage intake manifold and Audi's variable valve-lift system that helps optimize its overall efficiency and responsiveness. While this technology-rich engine produces 265 horsepower at a fairly high 6,500 rpm, it develops a solid 243 pound-feet of torque from 3,250-5,000 rpm – and makes over 90 percent of that critical torque from 2,000-6,500 rpm.

2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
211 horsepower @ 4300-6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1500-4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (manual), 21/27 (automatic)

3.2-liter V6
265 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
243 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3250-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (automatic)

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2010 Audi A5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 73 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

Superior driving machine

By on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Style, handling, comfort, safety, fun to drive"

Cons: "Expensive to repair"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I often stop to admire the beauty of this brilliant black Prestige model A5 with sport package and 19" wheels when I approach it in a parking lot. I have owned it 4 years. It has been very reliable with only relatively minor things fixed at the dealership, except for CD player replacement. Fortunately, everything has been covered under warranty very professionally. Though only 4 cylinders, I love the performance. It has more than enough power to get me in trouble if not careful. Thank you for the adjustable speed alert. I frequently use sport mode or paddles when I want quick acceleration in traffic. The car can carve tight curves without loss of control at higher speeds than my body can handle. Mileage is low 20's MPG around town but as high as 32 MPG on the road. My one complaint is the lag that can occur before turbo kicks in when depressing the gas pedal to accelerate, especially from a stop, unless in sport mode. The ride is quiet and comfortable even on long road trips. Driver visibility is pretty good. The stereo system is beautiful. One complaint here is the hard drive memory for music uploads is quite small so I end up using memory cards. The nav computer works well as is but is getting to be old technology as spinning the dial to enter numbers/letters is a pain. Touch screen and voice control would be a welcome improvement. Also, Audi nav software updates are prohibitively expensive. AC works quite well. The heated seats are also welcome in colder weather. I use the fold down rear seats to carry my road or mountain bike and the trunk is pretty roomy. Two people can ride in the back seats but this car is not really meant for more than two people. Getting in and out of the back takes some agility. All-in-all, a great car I would buy again."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle I have driven

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "best for the price"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car! It is the perfect mix of luxury meets performance. It has a smooth drive and when you move the car to sports mode you can feel the difference in the drive. Amazing looks and I always get great complements on this car. The B&O sound system is amazing!"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

I love this car except...

By on Thursday, September 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Awesome car!!! Handles beautiful even in snow"

Cons: "Awful NAV system and control no touch!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car. It is awesome to drive. The only issue I have is the navigation system. If you use it to take you from point A to point B fine but if you rely on the display maps forget it. It has barely any information at all. And it is not touch screen!!! My old Honda from 2002 had touch screen. That is inconvenient. Hope Audi will fix it. Especially as the convertible does not have voice control"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

My Third Audi - my favorite audi

By on Monday, August 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Con: A little pricey Pros: Too numerous to list. In short: wonderful handling, unapologetically german interior and a powerful sporty engine!"

17 people out of 35 found this review helpful

My husband and I love this car.

By on Friday, August 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Design, ride, fun to drive, quite and comfortable."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Nothing about this car is negative. We choose to take it on long trips because it is so fun to drive and comfortable to sit in. It is more quite with the top up than our other 2 cars that are made by Toyota."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Love Love my Audi A5!!!

By on Sunday, April 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Drives like nothing else!"

Cons: "Sunroof just tilts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love Love it will never own an american car again, nothing drives like my Audi! Just wish the sunroof opened all the way i miss that."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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