2011 Audi A5: Flash Drive
This 2011 review is representative of model years 2008 to 2014.
By Staff of MSN Autos
After a few days with 2011 Audi A5, I went from being indifferent to being quite a fan of the sporty 4-seat coupe. Although the A5 doesn't have any headline-grabbing features — it's no powerhouse, its looks are sophisticated but perhaps a little conservative, and it's fuel-efficient, but not unusually so. However, everything gels very nicely. By perfectly matching together every system, Audi has made the A5 into the best long-distance cruiser I've ever driven. And just as the driver never feels stressed, neither do the car's components. The A5 feels like it can run forever and give year after year of smiles. –Paul Hagger
Audi's A5 is one of the most beautiful cars on the road today, and the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 under its hood is one of the world's best engines. The vehicle feels nimble and quick on its feet, steering is precise with good feel, and the quattro all-wheel drive balances the overall package quite nicely. A little extra power from a standstill might be nice, but once the A5 is moving, the broad torque curve of the turbo 4-cylinder combined with the 8-speed automatic delivers plenty of power whenever you need it. And it does so with great fuel economy — 24 mpg combined. The interior quality is what you would expect from Audi, and everything in the cockpit is oriented toward the driver. The Audi A5 2.0 TFSI is one of those cars that is very easy to get comfortable with. I'd love to drive it every day. –Mike Meredith
With its large grille and curvy lines, the A5 embodies a new look for Audi. Our bright red test car added a level of sportiness with big alloy wheels. But the looks provide a level of performance expectation that isn't quite delivered. The 2.0T engine makes the sexy-looking car feel a bit underpowered, which is too bad, because the A5 handles very well with tight steering and a smooth ride. On the positive side, I did see fuel-efficiency in the mid-20s in city driving. –Perry Stern