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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
an exceptionally well-appointed vehicle
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will draw envy from every surrounding motorist
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In base trim, the A5 comes well-equipped--as it should with a starting price north of $40,000--and the options list is long. It's lavishly outfitted as you'd expect in an upscale convertible, and its audio and entertainment features are competitive, even if its MMI controller can seem frustrating.
Automatic climate control comes standard in all Coupe and Convertible models. So do a 10-speaker audio system, power windows/locks/mirrors, keyless entry and pushbutton start, and cruise control.
Bluetooth, bi-xenon headlamps, a rearview camera, side-lane assist (which warns drivers of vehicles in blind spots), a navigation system, and a powerful, clean-sounding Bang & Olufsen audio system are available as options.
On the Coupe, a panoramic sunroof is another key option; But in the Cabriolet, a folding fabric top that weighs less and takes up less space when folded, compared to a hardtop mechanism, opens or closes completely in less than 20 seconds.
Audi's Multi-Media Interface (MMI) is an option in the A5. With its dial-and-press controller, it (at least in theory) makes navigation, climate, and entertainment functions easier to find when driving. But like other knob-driven systems, the MMI still requires you to remember where some of the lesser-used functions are in the menu system. But thankfully, it does have a set of redundant buttons laid out around the knob.
The 2012 Audi A5 Coupe and Convertible are luxury cruisers through and through, with premium features like Bang & Olufsen sound and plenty of tech and appearance extras.