The 2008 Audi A5 serves as the German automaker’s top-of-the-line midsize sport coupe. Owning a stylish racecar for everyday use may seem a bit illogical. However, some people are such sports car aficionados that this passion can sometimes beat the practicality of a full-size or midsize alternative. Luxury sport coupes attempt to create a compromise by combining power and performance comparable to that seen in pure-bred sports cars with the comfort and utility they usually lack. The 2008 Audi A5 provides an excellent example of this done right.
Audi releases the all-new A5 coupe, hoping to sway trends favoring the classic sport coupe. Within its class, the A5 has few competitors that even come close to matching its sleek appearance and appeal. As a result the styling alone of the A5 has become one of its main selling points. Based on the same platform as the A4 sedan, the A5 ups the ante with better handling than any other Audi released to date along while coming wrapped in a truly beautiful body that can make anyone do a double take.
Body Styles: midsize sport coupe
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic with manual shift control
Models: Audi A5, Audi A5 Quattro
Even though the luxury sport coupe category has really been dominated over the past years by BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Audi has decided to dive into the market with the newly released A5, which quickly gains attention from many car enthusiasts as well as the average consumer. Agile drivability paired with exceptional curb appeal creates a car that seems difficult to surpass.
One of the most noticeable aspects of the A5 remains the exterior design. Since this marks one of Audi’s first ventures into the luxury sport coupe market, no one expects an exterior comparable with that of the leading competitors. However, the curvaceous design of the body does an excellent job of creating a muscular yet elegant look that appeals to a wide range of drivers. Piercing and slanting slightly downwards, the headlights give the A5 an intimidating expression with promise of high sport performance. The design of the rear, with twin exhaust tailpipes, a lower than average bumper, and horizontal taillights, seems to further iterate this promise. The A5 looks unmistakably like an Audi with a signature wide-mouthed grille styled with the standard emblem.
Since the A5 classifies as a luxury sport coupe, it offers plenty of appealing designs within the cabin and a long list of standard features. The finely stitched leather and stylish real wood trim in the base A5 scream luxury. The interior in the S-line trim level forges a sportier look through the replacement of the wood trim with aluminum. The Audi Multi Media Interface seems intuitive for the most part and easy to master. The multi-adjusting front seats provide adequate comfort for all-day driving. However, if an owner wants lateral support for more aggressive driving, the S-line package includes upgraded sport seats. The model provides seating for two in the back but has limited space at best, seeming inadequate for taller passengers.
Performance & Handling
An incredibly swift 3.2-liter, V-6 engine with direct-injection technology that produces 265 horsepower and 243 lb-feet of torque powers all 2008 Audi A5 vehicles. Transmission options get limited to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox with manual shift control. Acceleration is superior in the A5; just 5.8 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph. The optional Quattro all-wheel-drive system provides added traction and handling in conditions of snow, rain, and ice. This added safety feature gives the driver more control of the vehicle in the most dangerous road conditions. However, the all-wheel-drive system has the downside of worsening overall fuel economy.
Safety features that come standard include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, and traction control. In terms of airbags, the 2008 A5 includes front-seat side and side curtain airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi A5: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Massive speeding power
- Crisp handling
- Stylish exterior and interior design
You Won't Like
- Touchy brakes
- Cramped rear seat
With stunning looks and amazing handling, it makes a very fun car to drive and offers many luxurious amenities.
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