By KBB.com Editors
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 It 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.Favorite Features
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.