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2021 Audi A5 vs. Its Competition

2021 Audi A5 Sportback
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Audi A5 squares off against coupes and convertibles from multiple luxury automakers.

The 4-Series is new this year with a polarizing face but tempting powertrains.

The C-Class is the stately one with good interior tech.

The CT4 is a newcomer, too.

Spicier versions are in the mail.

The Lexus IS is a revised four-door luxury sedan that has high hopes.

The Volvo S60 is svelte and tech-heavy; it’s off the beaten path for many buyers.

2021 Audi A5 Sportback2021 Audi A5
#5 in Coupes
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2021 BMW 4-Series2021 BMW 4-Series
2020 Cadillac CT42020 Cadillac CT4
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2020 Lexus IS F Sport Blackline2020 Lexus ISGet Your Price2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class2020 Mercedes-Benz C Class
#3 in Coupes
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2020 Volvo S602020 Volvo S60Get Your Price
Quick Specs
Spin the bottle, hit the 2021 Audi A5 convertible, coupe, or hatchback, and you’re a winner. They’re all good-looking.
The luxury coupe gets longer, stronger, and loaded with more features.
The 2020 Lexus IS is polished and poised, but ultimately short on compelling qualities.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is as gorgeous inside as it is outside, and it has moves to match.
The 2020 Volvo S60 luxury sport sedan balances power and grace.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/ATurbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsN/ACompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
Premium 40 TFSI quattroN/A4-Door Sedan LuxuryIS 300 F SPORT RWDC 300 SedanT5 FWD Momentum
All WheelN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
quattro SportbackN/ASedanSedanSedanSedan
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODN/AAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2021 Audi A5 vs. 2021 BMW 4-Series2021 Audi A5 vs. 2020 Cadillac CT42021 Audi A5 vs. 2020 Lexus IS2021 Audi A5 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz C Class2021 Audi A5 vs. 2020 Volvo S60