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the A5 will draw envy from every surrounding motorist
Car and Driver
Most of the desirable Audi A5 options are bundled into packages
To put it mildly, the A5 is an exceptionally well-appointed vehicle
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Audi A5 is for the most part well equipped, with an array of standard features, and Audi offers many options, but only in pricey packages.
Standard features of the Audi A5 include three-zone automatic climate control, an intelligent key system, and a 180-watt/ten-speaker sound system with six-disc CD changer, MP3 capability, and Sirius Satellite Radio. One "glaring omission" from this list, ConsumerGuide feels, is that the adjust for the tilting/telescoping steering wheel isn’t motorized. "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." A panoramic (tilt only) sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, and cruise control round out the standard options.
"Options are grouped into mainly three packages," says Kelley Blue Book, namely Premium, Technology, and Sport. Standout options on the 2009 Audi A5 include a 505-watt, 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, a blind-spot warning system, rear parking sensors, and a keyless ignition system. Adaptive cruise control is now an option, and enthusiasts will want to go with the Drive Select package, which allows for suspension and steering adjustments.
Options can get pretty expensive. For example, if you want the Technology package's rear park assist with rearview camera, you also have to order the navigation system, according to Kelley Blue Book. If you order the auto transmission and want steering-wheel-mounted paddles shifters, you'll have to opt for the S-line package, which includes bigger wheels, stiffer suspension, special badges, and upholstery.
There are plenty of plush, traditional features and technology options to please almost all shoppers.