Best Family Luxury Coupes: 2011 Audi A5 Page 2

November 7, 2010

A Bluetooth and Homelink package is also available.


Family safety is always an important consideration and, in the case of the 2011 Audi A5, there’s plenty of standard safety equipment to ease any concerns. These include six airbags (driver and front passenger advanced dual-stage airbags, seat-mounted side front thorax airbags for driver and front passenger, and head curtain airbags for both rows of seats), Audi quattro permanent all-wheel drive, electronic stability control, anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake-pressure distribution, brake assist, and tire pressure monitoring system.  Audi side assist and adaptive cruise control are optional on A5 Prestige model only.  

If an accident occurs, Audi’s crash sensor system automatically deploys. What it does: The system unlocks all doors, shuts off the fuel pump and engine, turns on interior lights, and switches on hazard lights. This helps keep driver and passengers safe until help can arrive and is one less thing the driver needs to think about in an emergency.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet tested the 2011 Audi A5, and the new 2011 NHTSA crash tests are more stringent than those conducted previously. Therefore, 2010 ratings should not be used for comparison. Similarly, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the 2011 Audi A5.

Summing Up

Consumers looking for a sharply-styled luxury coupe with good handling, standard all-wheel drive, impressive fuel economy, high-tech and comfortable interior to add to the family stable of vehicles have an excellent choice in the 2011 Audi A5. While it may look more sporty than it is, the A5 is more a refined ride than a high performance coupe. If more performance is what you’re after, go for the Audi S5 with its bigger engine.



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