First Drive: 2011 Audi A5

2011 Audi A5

Base price (with destination): $37,375
Price as tested: $45,430

Standard Equipment:
2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder
6-speed manual transmission
Quattro all-wheel drive
Leather-trimmed 8-way power seats
Tilting glass panel roof with sunshade
Aluminum interior trim
Multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel
Automatic climate control
Trip computer
10-speaker, 180-watt audio system with CD, SD card slot, auxiliary input, and Sirius satellite radio

Options on this vehicle:
Premium Plus package
- Xenon plus headlamps
- LED daytime running lights
- LED taillights
- 18-inch, 10-spoke wheels
- Bluetooth phone connectivity
- heated front seats
- 3-zone automatic climate control
- Homelink
- Audi music interface
- rain/light sensor
- auto-dimming interior mirror with compass

Audi navigation system with backup camera

Bang & Olufsen premium sound system
Nutmeg laurel wood trim
Exhaust tips

Key options not on vehicle:
19-inch sport package
Milano leather upholstery

Fuel economy:
21 / 31 / 25 mpg

2.0L I-4 turbo
Horsepower: 211 hp @ 4300-6000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1500 -- 4200 rpm


6-speed manual

Curb weight: 3583 lb

8.5 x 18 in wheels
245/40R18 tires

Competitors: BMW 328i coupe, Cadillac CTS coupe, Infiniti G37 coupe, Mercedes-Benz C250 coupe

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"More practical than a TT, more exclusive than an A4" really doesn't say much. That's like saying it's more practical than a Ferrari, more exclusive than a Toyota. It would mean something if it was more practical than an A4 and more exclusive than a TT.That said, still a lovely car.
Audi exteriors are becoming more and more bland every time I see them. The A5 looks attractive (though the interior is fairly boring) but I never understood the rave about it. Understated elegance is one thing--as the design ages, it tends more toward boringness.

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