By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 8.5
The 2013 Audi A5 is one of the last great luxury-performance coupes, big enough on the inside to comfortably fit two adults, but sophisticated enough on the outside to convey a sense of style and exclusivity you won't get from a Mustang or Camaro. Sportier versions include the supercharged S5 and the lightning-quick RS 5 complete with a 4.2-liter V8 producing 450 horsepower. For those who prefer the open air, both the A5, S5 and RS 5 also come in convertible trim known as the Cabriolet. Audi's quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) permits year-round traction in foul weather, something many coupes and convertibles can't deliver.
The 2013 Audi A5 series provides the kind of grace and beauty seemingly lost on so many cars today, yet doesn't sacrifice comfort or confidence in the process. Fuel economy and power go hand-in-hand with the A5, and most models can be equipped with a manual transmission.
For 2013, the A5 and S5 receive a revised grille, bumper and headlight treatment as well as the addition of Audi Connect on models equipped with MMI and navigation. The S5 get a new supercharged 3.0-liter V6, while last year's 4.2-liter V8 migrates to the all-new RS 5.
Driving Impressions Audi has led luxury automakers in the utilization of weight-saving aluminum chassis structures, and that pays huge dividends in how the 2013 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 all-new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and the quattro AWD 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
Although the naturally aspirated V8 in last year's S5 Coupe produced marginally more horsepower, this year's supercharged 3.0-liter V6 in the S5 delivers just as much torque and at a lower engine speed, making it just as usable in most driving situations. In addition, the V6 is also vastly more fuel-efficient.
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, 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 among carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, stainless steel or gray birch.
Audi has done an excellent job of crafting a corporate design language that doesn't feel forced or overbearing, and the 2013 A5 Coupe is a perfect poster child for the company's efforts. Audi's trademark single-frame grille, LED accent lighting, finely tailored sheetmetal, expressive fenders and sleek profile give the A5 an undeniable distinction. For 2013, buyers may choose to equip the A5 with S line exterior treatments that include more expressive front and rear bumpers, side skirts, doorsills and badges.
In examining the list of standard equipment of the 2013 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 3-zone automatic climate control.
For 2013, 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. Audi Connect allows searches using Google Earth providing realistic terrain imagery, as well as the ability to send destinations from any browser directly to the car.
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 RS 5's 4.2-liter V8 may seem old school but, behind the wheel of a car with 450 horsepower, who cares?
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
211 horsepower @ 4,300 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg (AWD, manual), 20/30 mpg (AWD, automatic), 24/31 mpg (front-wheel drive, automatic)
3.0-liter supercharged V6
333 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 mpg (manual), 18/28 mpg (S-Tronic automatic)
450 horsepower @ 8,250 rpm
317 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg (automatic)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 Audi A5 Coupe with manual transmission is just under $39,000; the Tiptronic automatic transmission will add approximately $1,200. The base A5 Cabriolet (FWD, CVT) is over $44,000, with quattro and Tiptronic adding $2,100. The S5 Coupe, with its impressive V6 and manual transmission, is around $52,000, while the S5 Cabriolet is over $60,000. The RS 5 starts around $70,000. When shopping, reference KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price for an indicator of what customers are paying in your area. Audi's predicted resale is very good, with the 2013 A5 Coupe expected to do significantly better than the BMW 3 Series Coupe or the Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe.
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