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2014 Audi A5

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2014 Audi A5 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.4

In the great tradition of high-performance luxury coupes, Audi builds one for the coffee-table art-appreciation books. Open a door and you'll find the same level of artistic expression stretching across a beautiful interior. With all that, the 2014 Audi A5 is a wonder to drive. Engines range from the surprisingly strong turbocharged 4-cylinder, increased to 220 horsepower, to the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 of the S5 with 333 horsepower, to the 4.2-liter V8 of the RS 5 with 450 horsepower. Ride, handling, braking, steering and over-the-road manners are everything you might expect. The detail finish is flawless. Open-air enthusiasts can choose the Cabriolet, available in all three power levels. Live where the weather gets bad? Audi's quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) will deal with it. All this and more is why we named the Audi A5 one of the 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 for 2014.

You'll Like This Car If...

The A5 Coupe and Cabriolet are Audi's contributions to the nation's Highway Beautification Program. If that appeals to you, and in the bargain you get a terrific all-around driving experience conducted in sumptuous luxury, then this is your ride.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2014 Audi A5 competes against entrants from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti and others, so you're not without choices. The back seat, even for a coupe, is snug. And, especially in the higher-trim versions, the A5 might test the edges of your budget.

What's New for 2014

The biggest change for the 2014 A5 is an upgrade in the output of the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine to 220 horsepower. Other changes are in the areas of enhancements to packages and standard-equipment lists and the inclusions of some items that were previously optional being made standard.

Driving the A5

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 supercharged 3.0-liter V6 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. Want still more? The RS 5, with 450 horsepower, will get and hold your attention.

3.0-LITER SUPERCHARGED V6
All the engines in the A5 lineup are terrific, but we really like the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 in the S5, with 333 horsepower, 325 lb-ft of torque, snappy response, silky smoothness and commendable fuel economy. Matched with either the 6-speed manual transmission or 8-speed Tiptronic automatic, it suits the S5 perfectly.

SUPERMODEL EXTERIOR
We don't mind saying it: We think the A5 is drop-dead gorgeous, and its stunning good looks have to be one of the major reasons for considering the purchase.

2014 Audi A5 Details
Interior

Just as the 2014 A5's exterior shines as one of its strongest attributes, so does the interior. Clearly, outside and in, if any modern car is rolling sculpture, this one is. 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. But what really sets it apart are the stunning good looks and exquisite attention to detail.

Exterior

Audi has done an excellent job of crafting a corporate design language that doesn't feel forced or overbearing, and the 2014 A5 Coupe is a beautiful 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, while the lovely flowing curves along the sides, precise creases and crisp detailing finish it off perfectly.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

What more could anyone want? The 2014 A5 Coupe's Premium trim level includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating, automatic climate control, Audi concert radio (10 speakers, Sirius satellite radio and 180 watts), power front seats with driver memory, a panorama sunroof and auto-dimming mirrors. For 2014, the Convenience package – Bluetooth, HomeLink and Audi Music Interface with an iPod cable – is standard. On the S5, the standard Premium Plus trim includes 19-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth touch-free interface, sport seats covered in Silk Nappa leather, sport suspension and 3-zone automatic climate control. Audi drive select, which changes the car's driving character with the push of a button, is now standard on the S5.

Optional Equipment

The A5 Premium package includes power front seats with a driver memory function and auto-dimming mirrors. Audi drive select is included in the optional A5 Sport package. Navigation is a standalone 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. The Black Optic Package is available on A5 and S5 Coupes and the 19-inch Titanium Rotor wheel package is available on A5 and S5 Cabriolet models. The Comfort seat package with ventilated seats is optional on the RS 5 Coupe.

Under the Hood

As a base powerplant, Audi's superb 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged 4-cylinder is almost perfect for the application, and for 2014 receives an increase in horsepower from 211 to 220, with an ample 258 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 may be the sweet spot, with 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The RS 5's 4.2-liter normally-aspirated V8 may seem old school but, behind the wheel of a car with 450 horsepower, who cares?

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
220 horsepower @ 4,450-6,000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/32 mpg (front-wheel drive, automatic), 22/32 mpg (AWD, manual), 20/29 mpg (AWD, automatic)

3.0-liter supercharged V6
333 horsepower @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,900-5,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 mpg (manual), 18/28 mpg (Coupe, S tronic automatic), 18/26 (Cabriolet, S tronic automatic)

4.2-liter V8
450 horsepower @ 8,250 rpm
317 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000-6,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg (Coupe), 16/22 (Cabriolet)

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2014 Audi A5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 90 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

Excellent driving response, comfort, dependability

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,500

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: "Very responsive and safe driving convertible."

Cons: "can't think of any"

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

Moonlight Blue Metallic/Titanium Gray interior

"Most Comfortable convertible and responsive in it's class & price range that I test drove. No other make in this price range was comparable. The wind screen positioned above back seat is amazingly effective at deflecting wind over the front seats and out the back. Very fun car to drive and enjoy beautiful scenery. Many upgrades give the feel of an exotic car with a more reasonable price. The trunk space was the most spacious, although still limited to sedan trunk space."

Moonlight Blue Metallic/Titanium Gray interior

Stellar vehicle!

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 167,000

10 10.0
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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: "Fun to drive, quick, solid, safe"

Cons: "None"

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

"Without a doubt the best car I have ever owned! Substantial, powerful, comfortable. I have never driven a car for longer than 3 years, I've always wanted something different, but I'm finding myself unwilling to give this vehicle up. I have owned it since 2011, I purchased it used, and have not had one problem with it."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Great car for a couple with no kids or dogs

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, smooth transmission"

Cons: "Low trunk, not ideal if you have a big dog."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Audi A5 Coupe is fun to drive, have a luxurious interior, looks sharp from outside. It's ideal for a couple that either don't have kids or dogs or have another car to drive them around. Rear seats should be used just occasionally."

19 people out of 39 found this review helpful

Excellent handling. Great fit and finish.

By on Sunday, May 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

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

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

"Best convertible ever. Beats BMW 3 series hands down. Great fit and finish. A great car to drive in all conditions."

24 people out of 47 found this review helpful

Great all around, fun to drive

By on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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: "Gorgeous design, comfortable, life is goooood..."

Cons: "Could use another 30 bph"

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

"I bought this while I was selling new Lexus cars. Fun to drive, could it use 30 more bph? Sure, but the 220 w/paddle shifters is fine. Plenty of low end grunt for a 4 banger. I now sell Audi."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Run, don't walk away from this money pit

By on Sunday, May 10, 2015

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

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Beautiful to look at."

Cons: "Weak soft top. Oil leaks. Huge repair bills."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Beautiful car inside and out but a quality nightmare. I have done all scheduled maintenance and in 14 months spent $10,000 on repairs. Bad soft top, oil leaks. I regret buying it. Soft top leaks when it rains. Turbo makes no difference. It is still a V4. I cannot wait to get rid of it."

20 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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