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an extensive range of materials to choose from
unique styling cues
14 speakers...10 channels...505 watts of Carnegie Hall fidelity
The 2008 Audi A5 comes with an array of standard features and some high-tech, high-dollar options that range from amazing to annoying.
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. One "glaring omission" from this list, ConsumerGuide feels, is that the tilting, telescoping steering wheel has no power assist.
“The company's MMI (Multi Media Interface) multifunction controller works the audio, climate and (if equipped) navigation systems,” Edmunds says. “Unlike its German rivals, however, Audi's controller is mostly intuitive and easy to use once you clear the still-steep learning curve.” Cars.com finds it remains a hurdle for new owners: “Thanks to more than a dozen shortcut buttons surrounding the knob, it's easier to use than BMW's similar iDrive, but uninitiated drivers may find it confusing.”
Standout options on the 2008 Audi A5 include a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, which ForbesAutos guarantees “will blow you away with clear mid-range and heart-pounding bass. Plus, the B&O speakers look classy and modern with aluminum surrounds.” There’s also a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a technology package that includes adaptive headlamps, rear parking sensors, and a keyless ignition system. A sunroof is offered, but Motor Trend recommends that shorter people pass on this, as it only tilts--it doesn't roll back like that of BMW vehicles.
Those who are looking for a full array of the latest high-tech add-ons should find no reason to complain about the 2008 Audi A5.