What’s it like?
In coupé form, the interior of the facelifted A5 is refined, comfortable and spacious – so long as you’re sitting in the front two seats, that is. Like many executive coupés of this size, rear leg and head room are limited and accessing the back seats requires some contortions for larger adults. You’ll have less cause for complaint about housing your shopping, given that the 450-litre boot is among the best in class.
The A5’s cockpit is dominated by screens, with Audi’s excellent digital cockpit and a head-up display for the driver and a large centrally mounted infotainment touchscreen. The 10.1in system runs the latest version of Audi’s slick and refined infotainment system, which has plenty of features and is easy to use. That said, Audi has removed the control wheel function of previous models in favour of touchscreen controls – a move that’s unlikely to be universally popular.
The mild-hybrid system on our 40 TSFI test car is much like the styling changes made to the A5 Coupé: you’ll only really notice it if you really go looking for it. It works away automatically to boost the efficiency and you’ll only really notice it if you lift off the throttle pedal while at cruising speed, when the system will shut the engine off and use electric power to save fuel.
The 40 TFSI model tested here is far from the most potent in the A5 line-up – even without considering the S5 and RS5 range-toppers – but still offers 188bhp and 236lb ft of torque from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and is tipped to be one of the most popular models in the UK.
Aided by the mild-hybrid makeover, the engine is refined and offers decent punch, as reflected in the quoted 0-62mph time of 7.3sec. The car is capable of brisk progress, aided by the smooth, seven-speed automatic gearbox, and the engine comes on stronger as the revs begin to rise.
That said, it isn’t a particularly engaging car to drive. The steering is predictable but numb, the chassis composed but not compelling. Our S line test model sat on 19in wheels and featured stiffened suspension, which doesn’t make for the most comfortable combination on bumpy British roads.
Should I buy one?
The restraint Audi has displayed in updating the A5 Coupé for 2020 is reflected in the car’s on-road manner. Although it doesn’t offer the absolute dynamic thrills some might expect from a two-door coupé, it has plenty of style, an abundance of kit, plenty of premium appeal and the addition of mild-hybrid technology, which combines decent performance with reasonable running costs.