2009 Audi A5 | new car review

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 by

With the A5 included, now promotes three coupes in the Middle East market.

There is, of course, the TT and the R8, but the is the newest and some would say the truest of the three, in terms of pure shape at least. And what a shape it is, just through and through.

Based on the new, longer A4 chassis, but making a very attractive use of its underpinnings, the A5 will offer a fairly reasonable amount of space with the cabin, with two seats in the back, and generous and luxurious comfort up front for the driver and front seat passenger. But, for most coupe drivers, it’s all about that seductive body shape, and Audi really nailed it this time.

The ‘big mouth’ is of course there, as with all new Audis, the corporate face must be easily identifiable, helped by the rectangular headlights and the styling touch that is very much right now; LED daytime running lights.

2009 Audi A5

This coupe keeps its curves over the wheels, as well as rather curvy sides (for an Audi at least) all the way along to the bulbous rear wheel arches. And with the raked A and C pillars, invisible B pillar, low roof line and frameless windows, you’ve got yourself a beautiful and ultra-modern coupe shape that really ticks all the boxes.

However, some might say that the A5 looks much like the coupe 3-Series offering from BMW, so I guess it will all boil-down to where the brand allegiance lies for each specific buyer as the A5 isn’t the only gorgeous coupe on the market.

Interior components are, of course, top quality, as you’d expect in this premium sector from Audi, and again the German brand has delivered a top-spec inner space in terms of fabric and surface texture and feel. Everything you touch that is supposed to be solid and reassuring, will be, and everything that is meant to soft and pleasantly tactile will be – one wonders where Audi source their ‘wonder’ plastics.

2009 Audi A5

Power and performance are as all important to a coupe’s success as the flowing and seductive body lines, and if the stunning S5 V8 is outside your budget, they have made a fairly well-performing V6 engine option available in the A5. Producing 265bhp and 330Nm of torque this V6 is no slouch, although true coupe connoisseurs could complain that they want more punch.

Engine power is delivered through a CVT transmission for the front-wheel-drive version, and a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission for the Quattro all-wheel-drive version. Safety features include multiple airbags, ABS and stability control. There’s also the 211bhp 2.0-litre version from the A4 to be had as well.

2009 Audi A5

The S5 gets a beefier look and a whopping 354bhp from its 4.2-litre V8. It, as well as the standard A5, also have brethren if you want to feel the wind in your hair.

The A5 and the S5 are great-looking coupes that should go down well with the discerning car buyers in this region.

Specification

Body typeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Coupe2.0211350A
3.2265330A
4.2354440A

 

Price Range (AED) 200,000 onwards

 

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