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Audi A5 (2007-2016) review – design

Audi’s big A5 coupé is more genteel GT than hard-charging driver’s choice

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  • Handsome, finely finished and capable, a fine GT car
  • Multitronic automatic ruins any serenity, not as good to drive as rivals

It might not be the youngest model in Audi’s range, nor against its rivals, but the A5 remains a handsome car. S line undoubtedly adds visual appeal, the more extrovert front and rear bumpers, LED-equipped headlights, lower stance and larger wheels all set off the A5 perfectly. The Black Edition gains black detailing and more kit still, though it only works with certain colours.

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Perhaps the A5's greatest trick is that it hasn't really aged. Thanks to Audi's clean, uncluttered designs and a philospophy of evolution rather than revolution, the A5's now 9-year-old lines are little different to those of the company's modern offerings, and small tweaks here and there have done enough to modernise details such as headlights and alloy wheels.

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