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
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2021 BMW 4-Series2021 BMW 4-Series
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2020 Cadillac CT42020 Cadillac CT4
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2020 Lexus IS F Sport Blackline2020 Lexus IS
2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class2020 Mercedes-Benz C Class
2020 Volvo S602020 Volvo S60
Quick Specs
7.0
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.
6.2
The entry-level 2020 Cadillac CT4 sedan presents a value that is quickly eroded by a lack of features standard on other luxury makes.
5.8
The 2020 Lexus IS is polished and poised, but ultimately short on compelling qualities.
7.3
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is as gorgeous inside as it is outside, and it has moves to match.
7.5
The 2020 Volvo S60 luxury sport sedan balances power and grace.
MSRP From     
$41,800$45,600$32,995$38,560$41,400$36,050
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
Premium 40 TFSI quattro430i Coupe4-Door Sedan LuxuryIS 300 F SPORT RWDC 300 SedanT5 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
All WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
545555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
quattro SportbackCoupeSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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