Consumers who want a luxury car that combines the sleek look of a coupe with the passenger-carrying capability of a sedan have some excellent choices available in the 2011 models we’ll be covering in this week-long series of best family luxury coupes. Starting off, we’ll look at the 2011 Audi A5.
Largely unchanged from 2010, the 2011 Audi A5 coupe is a four-passenger mid-size luxury sedan with sleek and sexy exterior styling, a luxuriously-appointed interior, good fuel economy and adequate (although not the sportiest) handling and standard Audi quattro all-wheel drive. The A5 also is available in convertible form, the A5 Cabriolet There is a high-performance version, Audi S5 and a convertible, Audi S5 Cabriolet.
A5 models are available in 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, and Prestige with starting manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) from $36,500, $40,200, and $45,200, respectively. Some consumers will be drawn to the Audi A5 on looks alone, according to some reviewers who say the A5 acquits itself nicely in the handling department, and the fuel economy is another plus. Yes, the A5 seats four, but the back seat may be a bit cramped for some taller adults – or those who need to spend a long time traveling in back.
Still, reviewers are impressed by the A5’s lavish interior, especially the luxury coupe’s technical gadgetry. There’s also a tilting glass panorama sunroof and full leather seating throughout (with optional upgraded leather seat surfaces in Sport package or S line package).
While The Car Connection has not yet reviewed the 2011 Audi A5, it does give the luxury car an overall 8.3 rating out of 10.
Performance and Fuel Economy
Some Audi A5 aficionados may lament the discontinuation of last year’s 3.2-liter V-6 engine. For 2011, there’s only one engine: the 2.0-liter in-line turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with FSI direct injection, variable valve timing, and Audi valvelift system. This translates to 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Not exactly a high-performance machine, but the A5 is, say reviewers, a rewarding car if you don’t expect too much from it. For that, opt for the Audi S5 – and expect starting MSRP from $53,100.
The A5 coupe comes with a six-speed manual transmission or a new-for-2011 eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The coupe has standard Audi quattro permanent all-wheel drive for excellent traction on all road surfaces and conditions. Zero to 60 mph times are 6.4 seconds in the manual and 6.7 seconds in the automatic.
Of course, with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, you’d expect the A5 to get good fuel economy – and it does, achieving an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway (manual) and 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway (with eight-speed Tiptronic).
Inside the lavishly-appointed Audi A5 consumers are entertained with the Audi concert radio with 10 speakers and Sirius Satellite Radio (with three-month trial subscription) standard on 2.0T Premium and 2.0T Premium Plus. Optional on 2.0T Premium Plus and standard on Prestige is the Bang & Olufsen sound system, a 505-watt audio system with 14 speakers and 10-channel amplifier. Audi music interface with iPod integration is optional in 2.0T Premium and standard in 2.0T Premium Plus and Prestige.
The MMI Navigation Plus package features a 7-inch full-color LCD screen and MMI control logic, powered by a 40-gigabit hard drive and NVIDIA processor to enhance graphics. Also included in the package is Audi parking system with rearview camera.