In base form, the A5 includes a solid feature set suiting its near-$40,000 price point. Power locks, windows, and mirrors are standard, as is automatic climate control, a 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/satellite radio audio system, pushbutton start with keyless entry, leather seating, power front seats, cruise control, and a sunroof (in coupe models). Optional extras for base cars include Bluetooth and iPod connectivity--an unusual choice for a modern, high-tech luxury car.
Cabriolet A5s get a standard power-folding soft top with glass rear window and electric defogger. The top opens and closes in less than 20 seconds, while the fabric construction saves considerable weight over a folding hard top.
For the digitally concerned, Audi's excellent MMI (Multi-Media Interface) is standard on the A5 range, bringing with it a rotary controller and center-mounted display that gives access to audio, entertainment, and more. The MMI system requires a little time and trial to learn, but once you're familiar with it, MMI can be a quick and intuitive interface. Improvements to the control interface last year (including a few new hard-wired buttons near the control knob) have made MMI even easier to use.
Optional extras for the A5 range include bi-xenon headlamps, a rearview camera, side-lane assist (a blind-spot monitoring system), and a fantastic Bang & Olufsen audio system. Coupe models can also opt for a panoramic sunroof.
Navigation is also available on all models, bundled together with a rearview camera, HD Radio, a DVD player, and Google Earth maps with Street View when paired with Audi Connect, Audi's mobile data service. Audi Connect requires a monthly subscription for the 3G data, but enables features like Google Local search, real-time traffic and weather updates, and much more.
The screen, and the maps, when Audi Connect and Google Earth mapping are combined, are truly impressive. It's one of the most beautiful, high-resolution systems available.
Stepping up the range to the S5 and RS5 brings extra standard equipment, including heated front seats, 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, and an upgraded body kit on S5 Coupe and Cabriolet models. The RS5 Coupe and Cabriolet add to the list with a retractable rear spoiler, a choice of unique interior trims, sport seats, parking sensors, and a flat-bottomed steering with shift paddles.