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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
great materials inside, and ergonomics are first-rate
One test model suffered from an intermittent rattle in the rear-seat area.
the materials used throughout are superior to its Mercedes-Benz and BMW rivals
The 2009 Audi A5 gives its Germanic competitors a run for their money when it comes to interior design, comfort, and fit and finish.
The 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." ConsumerGuide, however, feels it is "difficult to find a comfortable driving position" behind the wheel due to a high beltline and high windows. 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. The S-line brings leather/perforated Alcantara seats with an embossed S logo and silver stitching.
Let's be clear: This is not a family hauler. Rear seats are difficult to get into and too tight for adults, with scant legroom and very limiting headroom, a consequence of the coupe's shape. 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. Rear-seat room suffers—but quality, emphatically, does not.
This is a great car for singles or couples who ski. 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 reports, "and the rear seat flips down to accommodate more, if need be." A ski bag is standard.
Audi's interiors are often aspired to but hardly matched, and their stellar reputation for interior quality follows suit in the 2009 A5 coupe. "Audi's interior designers," extols ForbesAutos, "must be descendants of fine watchmakers: They share an obsession for extreme precision and detail." Automobile Magazine says it's "virtually impossible not to be impressed by this cockpit." Similarly, Edmunds reports that "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)." 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." And in a market where many of its competitors offer real trim pieces, Audi differentiates the A5 with hologrammed inlays of wood or aluminum.
Road noise is slightly softer than that of the bigger-wheeled, stiffer-sprung S5. But many testers in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com like listening to the engine and exhaust notes, finding them pleasant.
The 2009 Audi A5 wraps its passengers in genuine luxury: real leather, wood, and aluminum finished impeccably. Pity, though, if you're stuck in the rear seat.