Audi's new A5 brings beautiful coupe styling to the 4-ring brand, but otherwise relies on an existing powertrain and cabin gadgets.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
The A5 gets Audi's latest styling element, LED parking lights. These outline the lower half of the headlight casings and make for a distinct look at night.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
Although 265 horsepower from a 3.2-liter V-6 should be adequate, the A5 suffers from peak torque that waits for 3,250 rpms to be reached.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
The styling of the A5 is truly magnificent, although we found cabin entry a little cramped, and had to pull up our feet to get in the driver's side.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
Our car came with some unique looking wheels. These are optional 19 inch allows wrapped in summer performance rubber.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
Quattro is standard on the A5, and delivers excellent handling. We love this car's grip in the corners.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
Audi delivers a high-quality interior, with refined switchgear and good materials for surfaces.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
Audi keeps it steering wheel controls simple, using rollers that also serve as push-buttons.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
The six speed manual transmission shifts smoothly, contributing to the refined driving experience.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
The MMI controls consist of a knob surrounded by four buttons, which correlate to on-screen labels.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
The map resolution is very good with this navigation system, but the fact that they are stored on DVD, and that the system uses slow processors, makes the navigation system lag.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
This rotary interface for entering destinations is tedious to use.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
One feature we really like about Audis is the display between the speedometer and tachometer. It shows a variety of information, such as this route guidance graphic.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
Sirius satellite radio is one of the many audio sources available in the A5
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
The single CD player reads MP3 CDs.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
With the Audi Music Interface, you can play MP3s off any USB drive you connect to the system, although the interface is rudimentary.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
iPod integration is also made possible with the Audi Music Interface, and uses this full-featured interface for selecting music.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
The optional Bang & Olufsen audio system includes a 10 channel digital signal processor, which upconverts 2-channel stereo sources into 7.1 channel surround.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
The Bang & Olufsen option includes 14 speakers in the cabin, comprised of six woofers, mids, and tweeters on each side, plus a center fill in front and subwoofer in back.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
The Bluetooth phone system works very well, although we are not crazy about this rotary interface for manual number entry. Fortunately, you can also use voice command or choose contacts from an uploaded phone book.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by CNET Networks
Updated: