2009 Audi A5 vs. Its Competition

2009 Audi A5
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Audi A5 has a very understated appearance, as do several of its peers like the 3 Series and CLK-Class, but the A5's interior is more stylish and inviting, and the 3 Series’ interior is a bit more conservative.

The Infiniti G37 Coupe has a firm ride and sharp steering, like that of the 3 Series, but it's not quite as comfortable as either coupe, and its interior can be noisy.

The 3 Series has nimbler handling than the A5, and the base 328i accelerates almost as quickly as the A5's only engine, but the A5 has a roomier trunk than the 3 Series or other rivals.

The CLK has the most dated appearance of these three, in a fickle portion of the market where it counts to be seen in what’s newest.

2009 Audi A5 2009 Audi A5Browse Used Listings2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View2008 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe 2-door Sport Side Exterior View2008 INFINITI G37 CoupeBrowse Used Listings2008 Mercedes Benz CLK Class 6.3L AMG Black Series2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK ClassBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
9.2
The 2009 Audi A5 isn’t as much fun to drive as all-out sport coupes, but the interior will wow even jaded luxury buyers.
8.6
The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
8.8
The Infiniti G37 Coupe is the best-selling coupe in the segment for a number of good reasons: it’s incredibly fast and handles well, and it’s good-looking in a well-heeled way.
8.2
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class.
MSRP From   
$40,700$32,700$34,900$46,450
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
SubcompactCompactCompactSub-Compact
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe Manual4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV2-Door Base2-Door Coupe 3.5L
Drivetrain   
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4544
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
ManualManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Audi A5 vs. 2008 BMW 3-Series2009 Audi A5 vs. 2008 INFINITI G37 Coupe2009 Audi A5 vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK Class