The A5's exterior is at once elegant and sporty. The flowing lines create a graceful overall shape while accents like the LEDs in and around the tail- and headlights, respectively, give it a purposeful look. Behind the wheel, though, it's clear that in creating the A5, Audi emphasized luxury over serious performance. This is no bad thing. The steering, clutch, and shifter all have a pleasingly light action that makes driving the A5 effortless-although, as Eric noted, at low speeds the steering effort becomes far too light.
The addition of the turbo four gives the A5 a unique place in the market that will surely be copied by other luxury makes. While, it certainly doesn't make the A5 a rocket, it's smooth and quiet and never left me wanted for more power as I darting around sleepy, tryptophan-saturated drivers on Thanksgiving Day.
The cabin is a lovely place to spend time as its both luxurious yet straightforward. The sliding screen for the moonroof was a bit of a revelation for me. It filters light rather than blocking it, somehow managing to both significantly soften harsh light on a sunny day and brighten dull gray light on a cloudy one. It looks great too as it's a nice contrast against the material used on the ceiling.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor