That the A5 is an exceptionally competent and beautifully finished car comes as no real surprise; for Audi to produce anything but would be an absolute shocker.

The A5’s revelation is just how comprehensively Audi has nailed the coupé desirability factor, both inside and out. BMW may still have the edge, but in coupé guise at least the A5 is no longer burdened with the remote and frustrating drive of old Audis.

Audi A5 is a fine coupe model, but cabriolet and Sportback are not as well dynamically executed

In short, the A5 coupé is good enough for even an enthusiast to consider it as a credible rival to the genre-defining 4 Series coupé, and for BMW that should be reason to worry.

As for the A5 cabriolet, it is a fine car that is worthy of serious consideration for those in need of a stylish, practical convertible, except for one significant flaw. In our experience the S-line’s excessively stiff springs ask structural questions that the car’s body isn’t up to answering on rough British roads, so we’d heartily recommend steering clear of it and opt for the softer SE springs instead.

The Sportback, too, suffers similar dynamic shortcomings; it’s undoubtedly a desirable machine, but while its dynamic shortfalls remain unaddressed it’s left well adrift of its domestic rivals.

Generally with A5 models then, less is more. The four-wheel-drive variants at the expensive end of the A5 range may provide better headline-grabbing performance figures, but the entry-level versions offer a sensible all-round proposition at a competitive price – and a much more compelling dynamic proposition to match the desirability. 

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It will be interesting to see whether the new A5 and S5 can take the stylish coupé forward, especially in the face in increasing pressure from the BMW 4 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé.