The A5 is an Audi, which means a top-notch interior is expected, and in this case, it’s delivered. For Audi regulars, the cabin design is instantly familiar, yet also sufficiently unique. The design detail is more indulgent in feel that many other Audis.
With the exception of the clutch pedal (set too far to the right), the controls are well-placed and driving position excellent.
Access to the rear is good on all models, although egress more awkward. Legroom is sufficient for all but the longest of leg, but the sloping roofline does mean anyone approaching six feet will be squeezed against the headlining. No question, the A5 is capable of transporting four full height adults, but a cross-continent cruiser it isn’t.
The coupe's 445-litre boot is a fraction larger than that of the BMW 3 Series, and boosted by folding rear seats, but the marginally narrow boot aperture could frustrate for more awkward loads.
On the Cabriolet some rear seat space has been sacrificed to find room for the roof mechanism, but it is still big enough to be considered a genuine four-seater rather than a ‘plus two’.
The roof features one-touch power operation and Audi is justifiably proud of the mechanism’s speed. Collapsing the hood takes just 15 seconds, raising it takes just 17, and it can be operated while driving at low speeds – perfect for the vagaries of the British summer.
S-Line and S5 convertibles get an ‘acoustic’ hood to reduce noise levels in the cabin. It’s available as an option on lesser versions and really helps to boost cruising refinement.