2018 Audi A5 vs. Its Competition

2018 Audi A5 Sportback
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The redesigned A5 adds power, technology, and safety features, and it handles better, providing a fun but relaxed driving experience.

The competition is fierce.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe and convertible are arguably even better looking and have better interiors, plus sharp steering and an equally strong engine.

The BMW 4-Series retains the brand’s handling prowess while also offering what may be the strongest turbocharged inline-4 in the class despite lower horsepower ratings.

The Infiniti Q60 coupe is a style leader, but it still lacks the cachet of its German competition.

Cadillac sells the ATS as a coupe and it meets or beats its rivals for handling while not quite matching them in interior quality.

2018 Audi A5 Sportback2018 Audi A5
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2018 BMW M42018 BMW 4-Series
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2018 Infiniti Q602018 INFINITI Q60
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2018 Lexus RC 350 F Sport2018 Lexus RC
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C300 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
7.5
The 2018 Audi A5 gets a hatchback body style that adds a measure of utility to go with its sleek and sporty luxury cachet.
6.8
The 2018 BMW M4 lives up to its heritage as an entertaining performance car, both on the track and your favorite twisty road.
7.2
The 2018 Infiniti Q60 is a luxury coupe with a knockout one-two: devastating shape and savage performance in top trims.
6.2
The Lexus RC coupes step gradually from luxury liners to engaging sport coupes.
7.5
Very expensive and still not very large, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class nonetheless leads its luxury niche with fabulous style and fantastic power and grip.
MSRP From    
$42,600$43,300$39,950$40,640$40,250
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
2.0 TFSI Premium430i Gran Coupe2.0t PURE RWDRC 300 F Sport RWDC 300 Sedan
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55445
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
quattro SportbackHatchbackCoupeCoupeSedan
Transmission    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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