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2013 Audi A5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Audi A5 was new.


Interior: 7.9

Critics generally agree that the 2013 Audi A5 features a lavish and comfortable cabin. Improvements for 2013 include a revised infotainment system, but one reviewer says that the A5’s cabin electronics could still be easier to use. Unlike rivals like the Volvo C70 and Lexus IS C, which have retractable hardtops, the A5 Cabriolet features a fabric convertible top. Reviewers agree that the fully-lined fabric roof is quiet at highway speeds. The A5’s front seats are generally considered comfortable, but like other coupes and convertibles, the A5’s back seats are not the most spacious.

  • "Also typical to the A5 and S5 models is Audi's stylish interior and high level of equipment. Even the MMI system has been optimized to make navigation among the various features easier." -- AutoWeek 
  • "The Cabriolet's top is thick and fully lined, which is a nice touch not often found even on cars of this price level." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The electronics now are up to Audi's cutting-edge standards, the driving dynamics remain world-class, and the interior and exterior styling are revamped just enough to stay modern." -- Motor Trend 
  • "At a company known for its brilliant interiors - both in design and execution - the A5 and S5 don't disappoint." -- Kelley Blue Book (2011)
  • "The beige leather with contrasting darker areas was attractive and the interior bits certainly are well put together, but the cabin overall lacked some visual sparkle compared to newer competitors." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)


The 2013 Audi A5 provides seating for four, though auto writers report that its back seat won't keep adults comfortable for extended periods of time. Overall, test drivers are pleased with the front seats though, saying that there’s ample space and good visibility from the driver’s seat. Leather seats come in the base A5 Premium, while Premium Plus models gain heated front seats as standard equipment.

  • "Headroom and legroom are good for six-footers. All controls are within easy reach. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, yet firm." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Sitting in the driver's seat still feels more GT than sports car, which suits the car's personality perfectly." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Unfortunately, there's no fix for the rear seats, as the lack of head- and legroom makes them suitable for smaller passengers only." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • Practically speaking, the front seats are comfortable and the view out is not bad for a coupe. The two-place rear perch is cramped, however, with headroom in particularly short supply. Consider it an occasional-use proposition unless your rear-seat passengers are under five-foot-eight." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)

Interior Features

The base A5 Premium comes with standard features that include tri-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, aluminum trim, automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a 10-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack, an SD card slot, HD Radio and satellite radio. Audi’s MMI infotainment system and a 6.5-inch display allow you to adjust many vehicle, audio and climate settings. Unlike a growing number of cars in the class, features like Bluetooth and USB/iPod connectivity are optional. Audi’s iPod interface requires a proprietary cable, as a standard USB cable will not connect to the system. Other options include push-button start, a backup camera, parking sensors, a blind-spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control and Audi’s revised MMI navigation system with Audi Connect, which provides Wi-Fi access, Google search capability and traffic and weather information through a cellular data connection (subscription required).

Audi is known for its high-quality interiors, and most reviewers agree that the 2013 A5 combines excellent build quality with premium materials. Audi’s Multi-Media Interface (MMI) has been revised for 2013 in an effort to simplify its use. Only one reviewer has commented on the new system in the A5, saying that MMI still requires some effort to make simple adjustments.

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  • "Audi's MultiMedia Interface (MMI) absorbs most audio, navigation system, and some climate functions. While many of said functions are clearly labeled on a dashboard screen, performing simple tasks requires multiple button presses." -- Consumer Guide


The Audi A5 Coupe has 12.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than you’ll find in the Infiniti G37 or BMW 3-Series coupes. The A5’s trunk space is also expandable, with rear seats that fold down. Still, some reviewers note that the A5’s narrow trunk makes it difficult to load bulky items. Because the A5 Cabriolet has a soft-top rather than a retractable hardtop, it still has usable cargo space when the top is down. In comparison, hardtop convertible rivals like the 3-Series and G37 have limited trunk space with their tops down, while the A5 Cabriolet has 10.2 cubic feet for cargo.

  • "Split-folding rear seat backs with releases in the trunk are a nice, unexpected convenience; they're standard on all models, including Cabriolets, which have a smaller, yet still quite useful trunk." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "With the top down, the trunk can still accommodate 11.4 cubic feet [sic] of cargo, only 2.1 cubes less than the coupe. The coupe also benefits from folding rear seats for added convenience." -- Edmunds (2012)

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