2014 Audi A5 vs. Its Competition

2014 Audi A5
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Audi A5, S5, and RS 5 are all about choice: convertible or coupe; four-, six-, or eight-cylinder engines; CVT, automatic, or manual transmission.

The variety goes unmatched by most of its competition.

The BMW 4-Series is new this year--it's the car formerly known as the 3-Series Coupe--but it's lacking its convertible and M editions, for now.

The Mercedes C-Class is only offered as a coupe (and sedan), but it's in lockstep with the A5 in offering all those engines as well as fluid handling and optional all-wheel drive.

The Infiniti Q60--what we used to call the G37--comes as either a coupe or a hardtop convertible, but performance isn't on par with the hottest RS5.

Cadillac's CTS lineup has a new sedan this year, but the coupe is a carryover--and it still comes in awesome CTS-V form.

Finally, the Lexus IS is new for 2014, but it's only offered as a sedan, for now; handling's better and so is styling, but it's still not up to par with the others in this class.

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Quick Specs
8.6
Supple and sleek, the Audi A5 coupe and convertible get more rational to us as they reach into S5 and RS 5 territory.
8.6
Forget this model's recent past; the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class takes a half-step up in size and a full step ahead of its peer set in sophistication -- and it's now one very charming luxury car.
8.2
The 2014 BMW 4-Series stays resolutely in the same orbit as the last 3er two-door: everything's just a little better than it was, except its steering and its styling.
8.6
The 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan scales up the ATS' handsome profile and spot-on handling, and tops it off with a winning Vsport edition.
8.0
The 2014 Lexus IS is an important car for the brand, and at first impression, the redesign is off to a good start.
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