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2021 Audi A5 coupe video review

Rory gets behind the wheel of the 2021 Audi A5 Coupe, to see if it offers a good alternative to the multitude of mid-sized SUVs and hatchbacks on offer.

The new Audi A5 coupe is a nice looking, two-door, four-seater car that’s seemingly designed for people who want a stylish, but usable coupe.
Audi has cut back on engine and gearbox options for this, the second generation, A5 coupe. Instead, it’s focused on trim levels and tech, throwing in some design tweaks along the way.

2021 Audi A5 coupe design

The first thing that grabs the eye is the new Audi A5 coupe’s single frame honeycomb grille. It’s wider and narrower than the previous generation, with faux ventilation slits in the top that reference the Audi Sport Quattro from 1984.
The slits don’t do anything (they’re fake) but they look great and add to the character of the car. Throw in some distinctive day running lights (DRLs) and some aggressive sculpted lines on the bonnet, and you’ve got a coupe that will turn heads – perhaps not as quickly as they would for a BMW 4 Series – but it’s pleasantly eye-catching. As it’s a coupe, you get two doors and those using the back seats will have to clamber in behind the front seats. If you need four doors, maybe check out the sportback version. The new A5 coupe doesn’t offer the most spacious back seats in terms of headroom or legroom, so this may be better suited for occasional passengers. Those back seats do fold down though, extending the storage space from the already ample 450 litre boot.

2021 Audi A5 coupe: what’s it like to drive?

The new Audi A5 coupe offers a predictable drive. It’s not the fastest accelerator. Steering is well weighted and reasonably slow – there are no nasty surprises here.
The seats are comfortable, if a little high, though that allows you to easily place the car on the road. The Audi A5 coupe interiors are nice: good materials used throughout, and you get a single touchscreen tablet mounted on the dashboard. There’s also a 12-inch virtual cockpit screen in front of the steering wheel, which includes Google Maps so you can see where you’re headed in a clear and well-sized image.

2021 Audi A5 coupe engine

With the new Audi A5 coupe, you get the choice of two petrol engines (the 40 TFSi for 204 hp and the 35 TFSi for 150 hp) and two diesel engines (the 40 TDi for 204 hp and the 35 TDi for 163 hp).
Depending on the engine and trim, you could get 0-62 in around 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph. So, not the fastest. The gearbox is a dual-clutch S-Tronic unit, which is pretty responsive. Paddles behind the steering wheel allow you to manually select gears, though if you leave it in automatic mode it’ll do the job for you just fine. Power on most versions is sent to the front wheels, though a quattro all-wheel-drive option is available.

2021 Audi A5 coupe trim levels

You’ll get to choose between four trim levels:
• The standard ‘Sport’ • The sporty ‘S Line’ • The stylish ‘Edition 1’ • And the top of the range ‘Vorsprung’ Prices will vary.

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