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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
functional and comfortable
seats offer all-day touring comfort and good support
sport seats...embrace occupants [like] Dr. Heimlich
The 2008 Audi A5 makes a sacrifice or two for its beautiful exterior styling. Rear-seat room suffers—but quality, emphatically, does not. Front seats are among the best of any coupe its size, with plenty of support and generous padding. Motor Trend says the "sport seats...embrace occupants [like] Dr. Heimlich." Edmunds notes the "seats offer all-day touring comfort and good support," though TheCarConnection.com observes that headroom is tight for adults who carry their height in the torso. ConsumerGuide felt it was "difficult to find a comfortable driving position" behind the wheel due to a high beltline and high windows.
Rear seats are difficult to get into and too tight for adults, with scant legroom and very limiting headroom. Edmunds reports that unless you're fairly short, you won't enjoy riding in the backseat--a fairly common problem with two-door sport coupes that (ostensibly) seat four passengers.
Due to the high beltline that swoops around the back of the 2008 Audi A5, trunk space is surprisingly ample; it's as large as that of most mid-size sedans. “The trunk offers 16.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity (large for a sedan, let alone a coupe),” Edmunds adds, “and the rear seat flips down to accommodate more, if need be.”
Audi’s stellar reputation for interior quality follows suit in the A5 coupe. “Audi’s interior designers must be descendants of fine watchmakers: They share an obsession for extreme precision and detail,” ForbesAutos proclaims. “Typically Audi, the A5's cabin impresses with finely stitched leather, impeccable fit and finish and real wood trim (aluminum with the S-line package),” Edmunds notes. Cars.com points out “the A5 has an extensive range of materials to choose from, including two-tone leather/Alcantara seats and aluminum, wood or piano-black dashboard trim.” Automobile says it’s "virtually impossible not to be impressed by this cockpit."
The 2008 Audi A5 has an exceptional interior with great room and comfort up front; the rear seats are no place for adults.