2013 Audi A5 vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Audi A5 offers either a sleek coupe or convertible body with a choice of four-, six-, or eight-cylinder engines.

It's a huge variety that's unmatched by most of the competition, but some competitors come close.

The Mercedes C-Class is only offered as a coupe, but it's in lockstep with the A5 in offering all those engines as well as fluid handling and optional all-wheel drive.

The BMW 1-Series isn't as good a choice--it's smaller, not as attractive, and expensive--but BMW's 3-Series Coupe and Convertible haven't yet made an appearance for the 2013 model year, though the sedan was new in 2012.

The Infiniti G lineup has a coupe and a hardtop convertible, but performance isn't on par with the hottest RS5.

Cadillac's CTS lineup lacks a convertible model, but the sexy Coupe comes in fire-breathing CTS-V form.

Finally, the laggard Lexus IS has a Cabriolet with a choice in powerplants, but in either form, the heavy folding hardtop makes it a sluggish, soft-handling also-ran.

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Quick Specs
A pretty, talented family of coupes and convertibles, the A5 lineup ranges from the black-sheep CVT Cabrio to the unabashedly awesome RS5.
The 2013 BMW 1-Series is part small luxury coupe, part sports car, and if you're okay with a tight interior and a sometimes-frustrating iDrive, you'll find happiness.
Strikingly handsome, fun to drive, well-built, and competitive on pricing and features, the 2013 Cadillac CTS continues the brand's good reputation.
For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 32 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class   
Subcompact CarsSubcompactSubcompact CarsCompact
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium2-Door Coupe 128i2-Door Coupe RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
CoupeCoupe2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
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