2016 audi a5 Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Audi A5 gains an available red soft top for the convertible models and a Misano Red pearl effect exterior color. A5 Premium models now come with the S Line exterior while Audi connect 4G LTE connectivity is now part of the Navigation Plus package on the A5 Premium grade. Premium Plus models gain the Bang & Olufsen audio system as standard equipment. The high-performance S5 is now available with the Black Optics package, which adds 20-inch wheels and black side mirror covers.
The 2016 Audi A5 is a compact luxury two-door available as a coupe or a convertible that comes exclusively with all-wheel drive.
Two engines are available in the 2016 Audi A5: a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 with 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 with 333 hp and 325 lb-ft in the S5. The A5 can be had with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission while the S5 is available with the manual or a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic. Fuel economy with the turbo-four is class competitive at 22/32 mpg city/highway with the manual, 21/30 mpg with the automatic, and 21/29 mpg on the convertible. The more performance-oriented S5 is rated at 18/28 mpg with the automatic, 17/26 mpg with the manual and 18/26 mpg in the convertible.
Trunk space in the A5 and S5 coupe is respectable for the class at 12.2 cubic feet and it can be expanded via the standard split-folding rear seats. The A5 convertible has less cargo space at 10.2 cubic feet but it’s also expandable thanks to standard 50/50 split-folding rear seats.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. Additionally, front occupants also get knee airbags while convertibles don’t come with side curtain airbags. An active rollover protection system is standard on the A5 convertible. On the Premium Plus and higher trim levels, blind spot warning is available as part of the Technology package. Adaptive cruise control is only available on the range-topping Prestige trim as part of the Driver Assist package.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features on the base A5 Premium trim include HID headlights with LED accents, tri-zone climate control, leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats, split-folding rear seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a panoramic glass roof, and a 10-speaker audio system. Step up to the Premium Plus trim and you get heated front seats, driver’s seat memory, and keyless entry/start. The range-topping Prestige trim adds navigation, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, blind sport warning, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.
The base S5 Premium Plus comes standard with automatic HID headlights, tri-zone climate control, a panoramic glass roof, leather/Alcantara upholstery, heated front sport seats, driver’s seat memory, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, Audi Drive Select, and keyless entry/start. On the range topping Prestige trim, additional features include navigation, blind spot warning, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. The S5 convertible comes standard with Nappa Leather upholstery instead of leather/Alcantara. All S5s can be had with a sport differential and adaptive damping suspension for improved handling and performance.
What We Think
In a 2013 First Drive review, we said that the A5’s interior continues to be a step above, featuring high quality materials such as real metal accents. The supercharged V-6 equipped on the S5 provides plenty of punch and pulled hard even at higher elevations. However, despite remaining well planted when cornering and taking the car suffers from understeer when entering a turn too fast. Ride comfort, on the other hand, is excellent and is “near luxurious,” especially in Comfort mode.
The A5 is essentially a coupe and convertible version of the A4 sedan and wagon because they share a similar platform.
- Strong acceleration, especially in the S5
- Handles relatively well
- Ride quality doesn’t suffer in favor of handling
You Won’t Like:
- Understeers at its limit
- Steering feel remains on the numb side