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2017 Audi A5 vs. Its Competition

2015 Audi A5
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Even though the Audi A5 is nearing the end of its production cycle, it still offers enough performance and style to be one of the better entries in this class, especially if you consider the S5 and RS 5 models.

This year the competition really heightens, with a new-generation 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe on the way, and an all-new Infiniti Q60 Coupe entering the market.

Both are shaping up to be strong rivals for the A5.

The BMW 4-Series now offers a similar variety of options, thanks to the recent addition of the convertible and M4 models.

The Infiniti Q60 comes in both coupe and convertible forms, but it's not as powerful as the performance variants of the Audi.

There's also the new Cadillac ATS Coupe, which makes for a compelling but unabashedly American take on the small luxury coupe; and in ATS-V guise it's aimed directly at the RS 5 and M4.

2015 Audi A52017 Audi A5
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2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2016 BMW 4-Series Coupe2016 BMW 4-Series
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2016 Lexus RC (RC 200t)2016 Lexus RC
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Quick Specs
7.4
The Audi A5 coupe and convertible are sleek and supple, providing relaxed yet sporty dynamics in a tidy package.
7.5
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class adds to the impressive roster with a convertible version this year and a newly minted AMG C43 version. Bavaria is even better now.
8.0
The 2016 BMW 4-Series Coupe and Convertible break away from the 3-Series sedans with a little more flamboyance.
8.2
The 2016 Lexus RC adds more low-end models, but it's still the racy RC F that comes closes to the Teutonic performance titans.
MSRP From   
$41,200$39,500$41,650$39,995
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name   
2.0 TFSI Sport ManualC 300 Sedan with Sport Pkg4-Door Sedan 428i RWD Gran Coupe SULEV2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain   
All WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4554
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
quattro CoupeSedanHatchbackCoupe
Transmission   
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2017 Audi A5 vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class2017 Audi A5 vs. 2016 BMW 4-Series2017 Audi A5 vs. 2016 Lexus RC