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Pros & Cons

  • Well-constructed interior
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable ride
  • Poorly weighted steering
  • Complicated infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2012 Audi A5 Overview

Reviewers wrote that the 2012 A5’s standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine is powerful enough for the class, but some said it isn’t as smooth as its six-cylinder competitors. The A5 coupe comes standard with all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, and is available with an eight-speed automatic. The A5 convertible comes standard with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic are available. The performance-oriented S5 coupe has a V8 engine. The 2012 A5 coupe gets 21/29 mpg city/highway with an automatic transmission, which is fairly good for the class. Test drivers wrote that the A5 is more of a touring car than a high-performance machine, with a comfortable ride and solid handling. Reviewers said the brakes are strong and the steering is accurate, though some complained that the steering effort is too light at low speeds and too heavy at high speeds.

Most automotive journalists said that the 2012 Audi A5’s interior build quality and cabin materials are top-notch, and that it has an attractive design. As is the case with many coupes, reviewers wrote that the A5’s front seats are comfortable, but said the rear seats only have enough head- and legroom for small passengers. The A5 has comparable trunk space as rivals, and critics were pleased that the convertible’s folding soft top doesn’t reduce trunk space much. Standard features in the 2012 Audi A5 coupe include a sunroof, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio and Audi’s MMI infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. Available features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, heated front seats, navigation, Bluetooth and a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system. Some critics said the MMI system can be difficult to use, especially in models without the navigation system.

Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers said that the 2012 Infiniti G37 Coupe’s agile cornering ability, precise steering and strong brakes make it very satisfying to drive. They also appreciated the G37’s fashionable interior design and high-quality cabin materials.

Test drivers agreed that the 2012 Lexus IS convertible has excellent cabin build quality and top-notch materials, including supple standard leather upholstery. They said the IS convertible has a comfortable ride and added that acceleration is brisk in the V6-powered IS 350.

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