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KBB Expert Rating: 8.6
The 2012 Audi A5 and its more sporting counterpart, the 2012 S5, deliver comfort, performance, handling and luxury, all wrapped in a package that is stunningly gorgeous on the outside, beautifully sumptuous on the inside and crafted with impeccable fit and finish. Powered by a range of smooth, powerful and fuel-efficient engines, and offering the availability of Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, the A5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet, S5 Coupe and S5 Cabriolet provide extremely appealing options in a market full of stiff competition.
The 2012 Audi A5 line continues to offer buyers beautiful, emotive styling that walks the line between grace and aggression. In addition, fuel-efficient powertrain options and the availability of Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system make the Coupes and Cabriolets attractive choices.
Buyers shopping in this segment are fortunate to have a wealth of choices, and the 2012 Audi A5 line is up against a host of stiff competition The BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Infiniti G37 Coupe each offer varying levels of panache, sportiness and luxury.
Audi has differentiated the 2012 A5 Cabriolet from its Coupe sibling with a new 18-inch, 15-spoke wheel design. There's an 18-inch, 10-spoke V-design wheel on the Coupe, while new S line trim options add a sportier appearance and nicer interior details.
Driving Impressions Audi has led luxury automakers in the utilization of weight-saving aluminum chassis structures, and that pays huge dividends in how the 2012 A5 performs on the road. The A5 Coupe...offers terrific balance above all else, with excellent poise and a comfortable ride in just about any reasonable situation. The S5 Coupe, meanwhile, delivers blistering speed and over-the-road competence, courtesy of its brawny 4.2-liter V8 engine and the quattro all-wheel drive system. Even with its remarkable power, the S5 Coupe can easily and precisely be manipulated through your favorite corners, and you don't have to be an expert driver with a racing background to appreciate its handling prowess and refinement.
3.0-liter Supercharged V6
Though the naturally-aspirated V8 in the S5 Coupe produces marginally more horsepower, the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 in the S5 Cabriolet delivers just as much torque and at a lower engine speed, making it just as useable in most driving situations. In addition, the V6 is vastly more fuel-efficient, beating the V8's fuel economy by three mpg in the city and four mpg on the highway.
S tronic Dual-Clutch Transmission
With the precision of a manual and the convenience of an automatic, the dual-clutch transmission, which is standard on the S5 Cabriolet, is a significant advancement in delivering the power to the wheels and embellishes the S5's capability for easily and efficiently putting pavement in the rearview mirrors.
There are plenty of attributes that help define the A5 line as a viable alternative to, for example, the BMW 3 Series, but the A5's interior shines as one of the most important. Front occupants are treated to leather seats that offer excellent support without sacrificing accessibility, and the driver-oriented gauge cluster and center-stack help lend the cabin a sporty feel. The S5, meanwhile, goes even further with a spread of Nappa leather and a variety of unique dash inlays. Buyers may choose between carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, stainless steel or gray birch.Exterior
Audi has done an excellent job of crafting a corporate design language that doesn't feel forced or overbearing, and the 2012 A5 Coupe is a perfect poster child for the company's efforts. Audi's trademark single-frame grille, LED accent lighting, finely-tailored sheet metal, expressive fenders and sleek profile give the A5 an undeniable distinction. For 2012, buyers may choose to equip the A5 with S line exterior treatments that include more expressive front and rear bumpers, side skirts, door sills and badges.
In examining the list of standard equipment of the 2012 Audi A5, it's tempting to ask the question: What more could anyone want? The A5 Coupe's Premium trim level includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating surfaces, automatic climate control, Audi concert radio (with 10 speakers, Sirius Satellite Radio and 180 watts), power front seats with driver memory, a panorama sunroof and auto-dimming mirrors. On the S5, the standard trim level is called Premium Plus and includes 19-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth touch-free interface, sport seats covered in Silk Nappa leather, sport suspension and three-zone automatic climate control.
For 2012, the Audi A5 is now available with an optional Convenience Package that offers Bluetooth, HomeLink and Audi Music Interface with an iPod cable. The A5 Premium package includes power front seats with a driver memory function and auto-dimming mirrors. Additionally, navigation is now a stand-alone option, which many buyers may appreciate. And A5 Prestige models are now fitted with adaptive headlights and a handy lane-change assist function.
As a base powerplant, Audi's superb 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged 4-cylinder is almost perfect for the application, with adequate (211) horsepower and an ample (258 lb-ft) level of torque. The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 may be the sweet spot (available only in the S5 Cabriolet), with horsepower - 333 - close to that of the Coupe's V8, yet in a more efficient package. The S5 Coupe's 4.2 liter V8 may seem old school but, behind the wheel of a car with 354 horsepower, who cares?
2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
211 horsepower @ 4,300 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy:
21/31 (quattro manual), 21/29 (quattro automatic), 22/30 (front-wheel drive, automatic)
3.0 liter V6 Supercharged
333 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (S tronic automatic)
4.2 liter V8
354 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22 (manual), 16/24 (automatic)
By Badlander on Sunday, February 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks great, drives great, fun to drive."
Cons: "Makes BMWs look bad..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Love pretty much everything about my 2010 A5 Cabriolet. One of the most beautiful cars on the road, great handling, gas mileage. For me, perfect mix of sports car and luxury car. Not the fastest car in its class, but I am not looking for a race car. I just want to have fun when I am behind the wheel, be comfortable, and have the chicks dig me. All of these and more are accomplished with the A5!"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Gyro guy on Thursday, February 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Absolutely fun to drive, looks great."
Cons: "Poor Audi support, dealers very inconsistent."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Bought this car with 52,000 miles on it. In 11,000 miles of driving, oil usage went from 1qt./1800 miles to 1 qt./650 miles!! Audi stonewalled us until the usage hit 650 miles. Replaced pistons and rings under warranty. Discovered that the water pump was leaking during rebuild. Based on sludge buildup, had been leaking since we purchased, and this was a fully certified Audi! Cost us $85 deductible. Five days after getting the car back from rebuild, it sat out overnight in an all night rain. The next morning, the driver's seat was soaked, door pocket full of water, floor soaked. While driving, a pencil sized stream of water was running onto my left leg. Back in the shop, top adjusted and re-insulated. Three days after top adjustment, started losing coolant. Took car in, new water pump gasket had a low spot, had to be replaced. In less than six months of ownership, this car was in the shop 15% of the time we owned it. Our only salvation was that the 3rd Audi dealer we went to fixed everything, and treated us like their own customer. If they were located where we lived, might buy another Audi. Otherwise, wouldn't touch one again."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Inny on Saturday, December 07, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My 2011 Audi A-5 Cabriolet. After owning several BMW's I gave Audi a try 3 years ago. My original choice was based strictly on looks. Now after driving the Audi for 3 years not only is it the best looking car I have owned, but also the performance and handling are spectacular!"
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Dee on Saturday, September 14, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "F U N to drive and a real head turner"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love this car. I am constantly receiving compliments on it. I drove from Calif to NY and back last summer. The car was a pleasure to drive. I would keep it a lot longer except for needing a back seat with leg room...the only thing lacking in this car. The trunk is amazingly large...I can fit 12 grocery bags in it with no problem."
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Audi Banker on Friday, July 12, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,600overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Ride, comfort, beauty"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"This car is amazing to drive, the B&O audio is wonderful but the Nav system is terrible. It has been in three times and it is yet to be fixed. The latest is a new software fix is coming but who knows when. They know about this issue as it happens in A4, A5 and Q5 because they have the same Nav system in them."
9 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By dc on Saturday, April 13, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "beautiful styling, great acceleration, great mpg"
Cons: "factory tires and back seat ingress and egress"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Every now and then a truly beautiful car is produced by someone.... The Jaguar XKE comes closest to this car...(I have owned 4 of them..) This is my second A5, it is a 2013. Last was a 2012. I buy a new car every year and put about $20,000 miles per year on them. It's a FABULOUS CAR! It exceeded my expectations for handling and acceleration and has averaged around 25mpg even though I red line it daily with a manual transmission! I do recommend the heated seats and I recommend you change the factory tires to a high speed tire with thicker side walls.. I bought Kumho tires and the handling is now UNREAL!"
10 people out of 11 found this review helpful