2018 A5 New Car Test Drive
Redesigned, the 2018 Audi A5 and S5 models get new platforms, engines, styling, technology, and safety features. And there is a new model, a sexy Sportback that's been available in Europe for some time. Actually, make that two models, because the Sportback comes as a high-performance S5 as well.
That makes three body styles available: two-door Coupe, four-door Sportback hatch, and sporty two-door Cabriolet convertible. Each comes in A5 and S5 tune.
The A5 improves on all levels, especially power, handling, and looks. It's the best A5 ever, as any redesigned model should be. It presents a comfortable ride, balanced handling, and a strong engine having a subdued note.
The A5 is built on platforms and running gear of the A4 sedan and Q5 crossover. Every A5 has the bombproof and totally refined Quattro all-wheel drive, with the coupe getting Quattro Ultra that improves fuel mileage by cutting drive to the rear wheels.
The A5 uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo making 252 horsepower teamed with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, or a six-speed manual in coupes. It hits zero to sixty in 5.7 seconds and gets an EPA Combined 27 miles per gallon. Every A5 has a Drive Select system with modes to relax the dynamics or sharpen the edge.
The S5 with its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 accelerates from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds, and gets 24 miles per gallon Combined. It uses an eight-speed twin-clutch transmission.
The redesigned platform has moved the engine farther back in the chassis to improve the balance, and lost some weight to improve the handling. It's sportier than before, although the true sports sedan and hatch is the S5. Or take the big leap to the track-ready RS 5.
For 2018 Audi A5 adds safety technology, with forward collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alerts, and active lane control.
Audi A5 comes as a coupe, convertible and the new Sportback. Standard equipment includes leather seats, automatic climate control, MMI infotainment system, and ambient interior lighting. Options include navigation, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, Audi's high-tech virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster, adaptive dampers, and 4G LTE data services with WiFi hotspot.
The S5 comes in the same models, in Premium Plus and Prestige trim. Premium Plus includes S sport seats with a diamond-quilted pattern, front seat massagers, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, 18-inch wheels with summer 245/40 summer tires, LED headlights, leather seating with Alcantara inserts on the doors, a 7.0-inch driver information screen, and 7.0-inch infotainment screen.
Eight airbags are standard, along with a rearview camera and parking sensors. Also standard is Audi's active safety suite called Pre sense city, which can slow or stop the car if a head-on crash is imminent.