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Review: Audi A5

September 30, 2013

With the new 2013 range of Audi A5s, it may take you a good deal longer to choose your preferred model than it would to sort out your Audi finance with us. An online loan application with the Car Loan Warehouse only takes three minutes to complete, before being processed and having a decision made for you within one hour. With the Audi A5 series, though, we’d recommend you spend more time than that and possibly road test a couple of models too if you can, to work out which of them, if any, are really for you. The A5 is, in effect, a coupe version of the A4, although it’s also available in Sportsback too.

Price and Engine Models
Starting at £28,875 for the 1.8, or £1500 more for the quattro all wheel drive system, the A5 also comes as a 2 litre injection petrol or diesel model or 3 litre diesel injection with six cylinders. But watch out – the high performance S5 and RS5 models are thirsty beasts.

Interior
Step inside the A5 and you’ll be immediately impressed by the Multi Media Functionality, with audio and telephone integration display, CD/DVD player, DAB radio and Bluetooth streaming – plus other connectivity options like two SD card slots and aux-in socket. MMI is also enhanced by Google Earth navigation. However, this does mean the dashboard has too many small buttons with the potential to confuse and distract on the whole, when attempting to enjoy the drive. Because of this, Audi has lost the classic simplicity of the A1 and A3 ‘wing’ designs.

That’s not the only thing they’ve lost, either. Passengers have to endure reduced head and legroom as well as less space in the back. Having said that, it’s easy access to the back of the A5 via the folded front seat. Plus there’s greater boot capacity than the A5’s nearest BMW and Mercedes rivals.

Driving
The A5’s pedals which are offset to the right may initially distract you. This is soon overcome, however, by the stable handling and excellent grip of the car. It’s also a hushed ride when driving at high speed, although this is compromised somewhat by a distinct lack of agility compared to, say, BMW. Wheel size also affects the driving experience because the larger wheels mean a greater increase in road noise and, particularly, vibration.

Summary
So, does the new A5 range represent outstanding value for your money? Well, that depends on your priorities. Although the A5 is solid and dependable rather than exciting and sporty, with reduced room and confusing dashboard, it excels in other areas. The rest of the interior is exquisitely trimmed, with ample boot space, plus it handles fantastically well at all speeds. The A5 is also economically efficient, with Co2 emissions of 115g/km and a combined consumption of 64.2mpg. Road Tax, then on the 2 litre TDI, is only £30 a year.

If you do have your heart set on a new A5, contact the Car Loan Warehouse for a quick and straightforward application process and a high speed decision. We have a range of Audi finance options available, as well as car finance for all other major automakers, available to suit any budget.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.