In the apple of Audi, removing two doors from the A4 auto increases the cardinal to 5—as in, the A5 auto and cabriolet. The two-door’s administration is added advancing and added abandoned than the four-door A4’s, and the cabriolet’s bolt top opens the berth for a aftertaste of that archetypal convertible freedom. A befuddled turbocharged four-cylinder provides affluence of pep and the anatomy is dialed in for solid cornering grip. It ability not be as animated as the V-6–powered S5 archetypal or the BMW 440i, but there’s still a lot of like about the A5, and it’ll serve buyers able-bodied as a beautiful and able ride.
The A5’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gets a addition from 248 application to 261 for 2021, additional a new 12-volt amalgam system. A few added accepted appearance accompany the account as well, including wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity, lane-departure warning, and an chip toll-road transponder in the rear-view mirror. A acrimonious council caster and advanced and rear parking sensors are now allotment of the Convenience amalgamation on abject Premium models, and the Premium Additional now comes accepted with added driver-assistance features. Selecting the Black Optic amalgamation on the auto now includes a black-painted roof.
We acclaim the mid-range Premium Additional trim akin as it’s the best antithesis of appearance and price. It comes with nice-to-haves such as the company’s agenda barometer display, additional keyless access with push-button alpha and a wireless smartphone charging pad. The hardest accommodation actuality is whether or not to go topless—it’s a $6400 advancement over the auto auto with the Premium Additional trim—so we’ll leave that up to you.
While we haven’t apprenticed the 2021 A5 to sample the turbocharged 2.0-liter with the new 12-volt amalgam setup, we’re absorbed by the added addition of ability to 261 horsepower. Older nonhybrid examples with aloof 248 application accepted to be absolute quick, sprinting to 60 mph in aloof 5.0-seconds—just 0.5 additional abaft the 400-hp Infiniti Q60 Red Sport. Composed and buried back cruising, the A5 comes animate on arced roads; accurate, well-weighted council adulation the suspension’s agility, and the A5 is accessible to drive quickly. The Quattro all-wheel-drive arrangement helps, too, acceptable the chassis’ antithesis and accouterment faultless ability commitment out of bound corners.
The EPA hasn’t appear estimates for the 2021 A5 but the 2020 auto becoming 24 mpg in the burghal and 32 mpg on the highway, so we apprehend agnate if not hardly bigger after-effects for the 2021. While we haven’t activated either 2021 A5 on our real-world artery fuel-economy route, the aftermost A5 auto we evaluated alternate 33 mpg during that test.
Stylish, modern, and able-bodied built, the A5’s berth is comfortable, at atomic for advanced bench passengers—the rear bench is tight—and the architecture will absolutely angle the analysis of time. The A5’s autogenous oozes affection from every panel. In our Premium Additional analysis car, cautiously grained, soft-touch plastics circuitous with textured aluminum trim. As you accelerate abaft the thick-rimmed, leather-wrapped council wheel, a automatic arm pushes the seatbelt advanced to aural accessible ability of your larboard shoulder. The bench cheers are attenuated but accommodate abundant abundance and abutment for continued artery journeys, and a chiral thigh addendum should amuse the long-legged. Everything looks and feels beautifully assembled, durable, and solid. The alone missing aspect is a faculty of luxury. The armrests are agilely padded, while added high-end touches are artlessly missing—such as acrimonious rear seats or a power-adjustable council wheel. The coupe’s ample block and flexible, flat-folding rear seatbacks accommodate an abrupt bulk of burden capacity, though: we fit 16 attache accoutrements central with the rear seats folded. It’s too bad the assorted accumulator bins and cubbies aren’t as useful. You’ll calmly acquisition places for smartphones, snacks, and added baby items, but bulkier altar such as billowing baptize bottles will be larboard after homes.
Audi offers affluence of infotainment appearance accepted on all A5 models, including Bluetooth buzz and audio streaming, ability outlets, and USB connectivity. A 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen is a amphibian aspect aloft the A5’s dashboard and appearance both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Navigation is optional, as is a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen complete system.
The 2021 A5 hasn’t been activated by the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration but the 2020 archetypal becoming bristles stars and the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance gave it a Top Assurance Pick award. It’s account acquainted that automatic emergency braking and lane-departure admonishing are standard. Key assurance appearance include:
Audi’s assurance is boilerplate for the segment, analogous abounding of its rivals in advantage but beyond none. At aboriginal glance, the action of a year of chargeless appointed aliment looks like a appropriate perk, but it alone covers the aboriginal appointment and expires already the odometer hits 10,000 miles.