Audi A5 review - sharply-styled coupe is a big upgrade from old model - Page 6: Interior and tech

Correctly specced, the A5 is a decent package for keen drivers and a genuine rival to the BMW 4-series

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Price
from £30,700
  • Looks, interior, decent everyday usability
  • Requires active chassis to make the most of ride and handling

Interior and tech

The move to the A4 platform has worked wonders for the A5’s interior. Sharing its dash design with the saloon means spacious simplicity is the order of the day. The dash comprises mostly horizontal elements, making the cabin feel wider than it is, while technology levels are up there with the class best. Audi’s virtual cockpit makes an appearance, which is a great selling point, while all cars come with Audi’s MMI infotainment – though sat-nav doesn’t make an appearance on the base SE trim.

As you’d expect with a coupe, massive doors and spacious front seats make it a joy to travel in – for the two front passengers. Rear passengers don’t have quite such a good time of it. Though there’s room for adults in the rear seats, the difficulty of access and the sloping roofline really limit them for anything other than occasional use.

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If there’s criticism to be made it’s that the cabin of the A5 isn’t particularly characterful. You really could be in almost any car from Audi’s range. It doesn’t feel as stylish or luxurious as the Mercedes C-class Coupe, and lacks the driver-focused touches of the BMW 4-series.

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