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2018 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T quattro Test Drive Review

Audi’s distinctive coupe, the A5 2.0T, is back for the 2018 model year with an all-new exterior, refreshed interior, and exciting performance.

Blending elegance with athleticism, this luxury coupe is always ready for both business and leisure.

Get swept away in sophistication and technology with an in-depth look at our 2018 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T quattro test model.

 

2018 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T quattro Exterior

Drawing on classic design elements, the all-new 2018 A5 coupe now features a wider appearance and lower stance to really emphasize its performance-focused draw.

Audi’s signature Singleframe grille is widened and flattened, while the hood finds itself with angular lines that sweep back from the front fascia. The A5’s sharp character line starts at the pronounced front wheel arches and follows the dramatic flow of the side sills and roof to end in a molded rear deck lid.

18-inch 10-spoke-dynamic design wheels with all-season tires come as standard equipment, complementing the Glacier White Metallic paint of our test model.

The available Prestige Package adds full LED headlights as well as heated and power-folding exterior mirrors, pairing nicely with the standard LED daytime running lights and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals.

Additional exterior highlights include fog lights, chrome accents in the light housings and rear bumper, and dual exhaust tips.

This second-generation A5 is undoubtedly elegant, dynamic, and athletic — a combination that is sure to continue the model’s popularity.

 

2018 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T quattro Interior

For the 2018 model year, the Audi A5 receives a reimagined interior filled with sophistication, fine craftsmanship, and cutting-edge technology.

Occupants of the Atlas Beige cabin area will find themselves surrounded by a variety of premium materials, starting with high gloss dark brown walnut wood inlays on the signature wraparound dash and center console. Leather seating surfaces, black cloth headliner, and brushed aluminum also add to both the visual and tactile experience.

Our test model was upgraded with the optional Prestige Package, which replaces the standard instrument cluster with an Audi virtual cockpit, a vibrant and fully-digital 12.3-inch information cluster that can be customized to deliver a multitude of vehicle, entertainment, and navigation data. The virtual cockpit can also be set to full-screen mode to display additional information or a larger version of the navigation map.

At the center of the dash sits an 8.3-inch MMI center screen, an integral part of Audi’s MMI Touch system, which is available in the A5 for the first time. Using the scroll wheel, touch pad, and buttons located just ahead of the gear selector, you can access all of the vehicle’s entertainment and technology features, like Bluetooth smartphone integration, satellite radio, GPS navigation, connected apps, and more.

The MMI Touch system is responsive and intuitive, and is one of our favorite in-car infotainment systems to use because much of it can be operated with muscle-memory, allowing you to stay focused on the road ahead. The standard Audi smartphone interface also supports Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto via USB connection, further expanding your connectivity and entertainment options.

Also standard on our test model was LED interior lighting, a power sunroof, and split-folding rear seatbacks. The Prestige Package added heated 10-way power front seats, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a full-color head-up display.

All of this luxury, comfort, and convenience is guaranteed to make any daunting daily commute a much more enjoyable experience.

 

2018 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T quattro Performance

Behind all of the 2018 A5’s sport-themed aesthetics is actual performance that comes in the form of a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

When paired with a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission, the A5 coupe can rocket from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, with peak torque coming in at 1,600 rpm — acceleration is delivered with a refreshing sense of urgency as the car pushes you deep into the seat.

Of course, every 2018 A5 coupe comes standard with Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel drive system that delivers confident handling dynamics via electronic torque vectoring. Using advanced technology and intelligent control, the A5 can send power where it’s needed to meet performance demands or to provide enhanced traction on non-ideal road surfaces.

Working in conjunction with the quattro system is a newly developed front and rear suspension setup. This redesigned chassis architecture can adapt to different driving scenarios thanks to the standard Audi drive select, which features four different modes: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual.

Through these modes, the driver can customize shift points, steering weight, damper control, and adaptive cruise control behavior. Our test model came equipped with comfort adaptive damping suspension for a slightly lower ride height and continuous electronic damper control to take full advantage of Audi drive select.

Whether you need extra agility for spirited driving or ultimate comfort for long-distance road trips, the A5 coupe’s versatility and capability offer the best of both worlds in an intelligent package.

Fuel economy for the 2018 Audi A5 coupe 2.0T quattro is an EPA estimated 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway**.

 

2018 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T quattro Safety

The 2018 A5 coupe comes with a long list of standard and available safety features so you and your passengers can travel with peace of mind.

Our test model came standard with advanced airbags, Audi pre sense basic & city, Electronic Stabilization Control, a rearview camera, and tire pressure monitoring system.

The available Prestige package adds Audi side assist with pre sense rear, Parking System Plus with top view camera system, and Audi connect CARE (automatic crash notification and
manual emergency call).

Also equipped on our test model was the available Driver assistance package, which offers adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, and high-beam assist.

 

2018 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T quattro Overall

With plenty of advanced technology and G-force-inducing performance, the 2018 A5 coupe leaves a lasting impression on anyone who comes across it.

Starting MSRP for the 2018 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0T quattro is $42,800, and our test model came well-equipped for $55,300*.

Make your mark on the road by picking up the new Audi A5 from your local AutoNation-affiliated Audi dealership.

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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