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2015 Audi A5 Review

The 2015 Audi A5 finishes in the top half of our luxury small car rankings. It's posh and sporty, but a few interior quirks and high projected ownership costs keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive, well-made cabin
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Good reliability rating
  • Complicated base infotainment system
  • Tight rear headroom




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Audi A5 Overview

Is the 2015 Audi A5 a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Audi A5 is a good used luxury small car. Its engines deliver plenty of power, particularly in the high-performance trims. The A5 handles well, and it has a high reliability rating. Inside, this sedan looks great, and it has plenty of technology. The base infotainment system is tedious, however, and limited rear-seat headroom makes it tough for adults to ride comfortably in the back.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Audi A5 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 58 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Audi A5?

Based on about 150 listings for the 2015 Audi A5 on our site, the average price is $28,400, which is above average for the class. Prices range from $21,500 to $35,100 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Audi A5 Cost to Own?

The 2015 A5’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $33,900, or $6,780 per year. That’s above average for a luxury small car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New A5?

The 2019 A5 has a starting price of $44,200, and it's quite a different beast than the 2015 model. The car was redesigned for 2018, and Audi debuted a new Sportback body style, which is a four-door hatchback with much more cargo space than the coupe and cabriolet models. The A5 also got a new base engine that puts out 32 more horsepower than the previous model’s and improved gas mileage by about 3 mpg overall. The performance-oriented S5 received a more potent engine as well, adding 21 horsepower.

The new A5 has many standard features that were optional in the 2015 model, if they were offered at all. These include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a rearview camera, a larger infotainment display, and the Pre Sense Basic and Pre Sense City safety packages. The new A5 also has several available features you can't get in the 2015 model, such as handwriting recognition, Audi's Virtual Cockpit, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and a surround-view parking camera.

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While the 2019 A5's starting price sits well above the average price of a 2015 A5, there are several new luxury small cars that you can get for less than $35,000. They include the 2019 Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Kia Stinger, and Genesis G70. In general, these cars are more modern and more luxurious than the 2015 A5. Some, like the Stinger, also have greater athleticism.

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Which Model Year of the Audi A5 Is Best?

Audi debuted the A5 for 2008, and its first generation ran through the 2017 model year. If you can afford it, we recommend buying the redesigned 2018 A5. Its many features are detailed above in the “Is It Better to Buy a Used or New A5?” section.

If that’s not in your budget, the 2013 A5 is a good starting point. It saw significant changes, including updated interior and exterior styling, the introduction of the RS 5 trim, a new engine for the S5 coupe, and Audi Connect availability. For 2014, the base engine received a power upgrade, and Bluetooth and iPod connectivity became standard. The 2015 A5 cabriolet models gained standard all-wheel drive. There weren't a lot of changes in the following years. The RS 5 was discontinued for 2016, and the 2017 A5 received no major updates.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Audi A5?

The 2015 Audi A5 has a good reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Audi A5 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are three recalls for the 2015 Audi A5. Two of the recalls concern the coolant pump, which could overheat or short-circuit. The other recall deals with possible corrosion of the auxiliary heater's electrical connector wires, which could overheat or melt.

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Audi A5 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Audi A5 is available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The base Premium trim comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, four-way power-adjustable lumbar support for the driver's seat, a 10-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Cabriolet models come with a soft-top acoustic roof that’s intended to absorb unwanted noise and can raise or lower when the A5 is traveling at speeds below 31 mph.

Premium Plus models gain heated side mirrors, driver's seat memory settings, heated front seats, and keyless entry and start.

The Prestige trim includes adaptive xenon plus headlights, the MMI infotainment system with voice control navigation (coupe models only), a color driver-information system, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

If interior technology is important to you, the Prestige trim is the best choice, though you'll pay a bit more. Its upgraded infotainment system is easier to navigate than the base system.

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Infiniti, Lexus, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the A5?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2015 Audi A5. That’s common for luxury vehicles.

The 2015 A5 doesn't come with any standard driver assistance features, but a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control are available.

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2015 Audi A5 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi A5 or 2015 BMW 4 Series?

The 2015 BMW 4 Series features a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's potent and delivers rapid acceleration. This BMW also has great handling and a classy, well-built interior that rivals the A5’s. Both of these cars have good reliability ratings, but the A5 has higher projected ownership costs. Either German sedan makes an appealing choice, but the BMW finishes higher in our luxury small car rankings because of its superior athleticism.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi A5 or 2015 Cadillac ATS?

The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe is one of the sharpest-handling cars in the class, and it provides a comfortable ride. Though it has rich cabin materials, the Cadillac's interior is still a step behind the A5’s when it comes to overall luxury. The A5 also has a higher reliability rating than the ATS. The choice may come down to whether you'd rather have the Cadillac's athleticism or the Audi's posh accommodations.

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2015 A5 Performance

How Does the 2015 Audi A5 Drive?

The 2015 Audi A5 features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 220 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and an eight-speed automatic is available (standard in the A5 Cabriolet). This engine feels energetic and delivers lively acceleration, though some V6-powered rivals feel quicker and more potent.

The Audi S5 comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 333 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a seven-speed automated manual transmission is optional (standard in the S5 Cabriolet). The Audi RS 5 has a 450-horsepower, 4.2-liter V8 engine mated to a seven-speed automated manual transmission. Audi says the RS 5 coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph. Both of these engines deliver outstanding performance.

All-wheel drive comes standard in the A5. This sedan isn't exactly a sports car, but it feels agile when cornering, particularly with the available sport suspension. The brakes provide strong stopping power, and this Audi rides smoothly over most road surfaces.

Does the 2015 Audi A5 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine and the automatic transmission, the 2015 A5 gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those are above-average ratings for the luxury small car class. The numbers drop a bit with the more powerful engines. S5 models get 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while RS 5 models get 16/23 mpg city/highway.

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2015 A5 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 A5 Seat?

The 2015 A5 seats four and comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front seats and front sport seats are available.

The cabin looks great and has plenty of premium materials. The front seats have a good deal of space and are comfortable overall, but they could use more side bolstering to keep you in place around turns. The available sport seats are much better in this regard. The rear seats are comfortable, but they're short on headroom, which makes it tough for taller people to ride in the back.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Audi A5?

For installing child safety seats, there are two full sets of LATCH connectors on the A5’s rear seats.

2015 Audi A5 Features

Standard features in the 2015 A5 include tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and Audi’s MMI infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker stereo system, and satellite radio.

Available features include push-button start and an upgraded MMI system with a 7-inch display, navigation, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, HD Radio, and Bluetooth. You can also get Audi Connect, giving you access to a Wi-Fi hot spot, Google search capability, and traffic and weather information.

The A5’s base infotainment system is unnecessarily complicated. It requires multiple steps to adjust even basic audio and climate settings. The upgraded system works a bit better. It features a larger screen and a more conveniently located control knob.

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2015 Audi A5 Dimensions

Audi A5 Cargo Space

Cargo space in the 2015 A5 depends on the body style. The Audi A5 Coupe has 12.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the luxury small car class. The A5 Cabriolet has 10.2 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up or down, which is good for a convertible. Both the A5 Coupe and the A5 Cabriolet come standard with split-folding rear seats, so you can expand the storage area for larger items.

2015 A5 Length and Weight

The 2015 A5 is 15.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,583 to 4,420 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Audi A5 Built?

Audi built the 2015 A5 in Germany.


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