Long-Term Test — 2017 Audi A5 40 TFSI – Week 2

Posted on Nov 19, 2017 by

Quick Review

GoodGood It makes for a great cruiser and useable daily driver
BadBadNot very exciting to drive
SpecsSpecs2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, seven-speed auto, all-wheel drive, 190 horsepower, 320Nm, 240km/h, 0-100km/h in 7.3sec
PricePriceAED187,600 (starting price), AED207,800 (as tested)
RatingEditors Rating

Week 2: Compared to its main rivals from the likes of Cadillac, BMW and Lexus, the won’t set your world on fire with its driving dynamics, but it does seem to excel at the more real-life day-to-day stuff… Text and images: Amit Benjamin

The Audi A5 has always been something of an inbetweener in its class. It’s a nice car, with a sumptuous cabin, but it has always been emotionally vapid compared to the BMW 4 Series. This second-generation car continues that trend. It looks sharper than before and yet, only subtly so. Not much has changed when it comes to driving characteristics either. It’s still a little ho-hum. However, when it comes to every day usability, the A5 is sort of in a class of its own.

The cabin is eerily quiet and all the material used is top-drawer stuff. Everything that looks like leather or metal is the real thing. It’s fantastically put together as well and given its starting price of AED187,60 and as-tested price of AED207,800 — similar to what you’d pay for a Cadillac ATS or a Lexus RC, albeit the more powerful V6 versions — it kind of makes you wonder how they even hope to compete with the A5 in this class. I’ve driven it extensively for the past week or so and I really cannot fault how great it is as a daily driver.

It’s not a fast car though. With a four-pot 2.0-litre turbocharged engine making 190 horsepower it does the 0-100km/h run in a rather polite and understated manner in about 7.3 seconds. What it does well is cruise. The ride is mostly supple and well controlled; in Dynamic mode it is a little too choppy for my liking. The steering is fine but the A5 is not a car that eggs you on to drive like a lunatic. Unless you’re like me and notwithstanding drive everywhere in Dynamic mode for no apparent reason.

 

And yet the fuel economy has been truly stupendous. It’s a reasonably sized car and even in its most pointy setting, and assuming the fuel consumption meter is honest, it does 8.9 litres per 100km. I’ve driven plug-in hybrids that despite my best effort were not able to get any where close to that number. So, well done, Audi.

After first impressions the new A5 is decidedly not the most exciting car to drive, but on an everyday basis, it stands  at the forefront of its class. I think it looks great too. If I had about AED200,000 to spend on a coupe and really needed the, though mostly pointless, back seats, I would give the A5 serious consideration. The 4 Series, despite its driving merits, comes across as a little too cocky for my liking. The A5 is not. Like I said at the beginning of this week’s report, it’s a nice car.

 

The stats:

Date acquired: 30/10/
Total mileage: 11,597
Mileage this week: 447
Costs this week: Fuel
Average fuel consumption: 8.9 litres per 100km

 

 

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