2008 Audi A5 Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director
July 6, 2008

Understated on the outside, gorgeous on the inside, the 2008 Audi A5 has a stylish presence and grand-touring comfort.

The 2008 Audi A5 is a mid-size coupe with mechanical underpinnings on loan from the A4 sedan. The S5 is covered separately.

A 265-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 delivers its power with authority. We wouldn't call it especially responsive, but it feels refined on the road. It can push the A5 to 60 mph in about 6 seconds. A 6-speed manual or automatic transmission is offered; the automatic and the engine are a good pairing, with the transmission kicking in decisive, quick shifts. All-wheel drive comes standard and puts more power to the back wheels in enthusiastic driving.

Inside, the 2008 Audi A5 suits up in luxurious, lavish style. Audi knows how to deliver a workplace filled with smart details and high-grade materials. The display screen for Audi's infotainment system dominates the instrument panel.

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Tuned more for ride quality than aggressive handling capability, the 2008 Audi A5 isn't especially exciting to drive, but the steering responds with good feedback and responsiveness. The A5 is isolated and quiet, and feels secure on the highway. An S-Line option package brings stiffer suspension settings and promises to make the A5 sprightlier in the curves.

Front seats have generous padding and lots of support, but headroom is tight. The back seats are just too small to be comfortable for anyone of average height. Head room and leg room are very limited. Trunk space checks in above average, as large as that of most mid-size sedans.

Three-zone automatic climate control, an intelligent key system, and a 10-speaker sound system with SD memory card slot are among the standard features. Standout options include navigation, rear parking sensors, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The 2008 Audi A5 has not yet been crash-tested. All A5s come with stability control and airbags.

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