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2017 Audi A5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Audi A5 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

Though it may be a little long in the tooth, the 2017 Audi A5 still has a premium cabin. The interior features an attractive design that blends simplicity with class. There are soft-touch materials throughout, and the center stack manages to look good while remaining functional.

The A5's seats are comfortable, as long as you're sitting up front. As with most coupes and convertibles, the rear seats are uncomfortable for almost any adult. There are a lot of standard and available features, but many of the cutting-edge infotainment and driver-assistance features found in rivals are absent from the A5. Though the trunk is small compared to the class overall, the A5 does have a decent amount of cargo space for a coupe.

  • "As is the case with the 2017 Audi A5's exterior, its interior has stood the test of time and continues to impress with its elegant simplicity and excellent materials." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the A5 upholds Audi's reputation for high-quality cabins with a sleek dashboard, plenty of soft-touch materials and user-friendly controls." -- Left Lane News
  • "Rather than compromise function for form - or vice versa - Audi manages to blend striking design with easy day-to-day usability." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Seating

Coupes and convertibles have never been primarily designed as people movers, so you won't be surprised to learn the A5 only seats four. Get behind the wheel and you'll find a supportive driver's seat that remains comfortable on long trips. Power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery are standard, making it easy to find a pleasant driving position. Heated front seats are available, as are sport seats with extra bolstering to keep you firmly in place if you want to aggressively tackle corners.

The rear seats tell a different story. They aren't as spacious as the front seats; only children will have enough head- and legroom. But in fairness, most coupes and convertibles have cramped rear seats ill-suited for adult passengers.

Cabriolet buyers will be pleased with how quickly the convertible top goes up and down. For the most part, it manages to insulate passengers from outside noise.

  • "Front passengers will appreciate the well shaped seats that provide plenty of support over extended trips. More performance-oriented drivers will likely enjoy the added side bolstering of the optional sport seats. Rear seat passengers on the other hand, will find the child-sized accommodations lacking in head and legroom. The convertible top does get high marks for its quick operation and ability to keep out wind and road noise." -- Edmunds
  • "The leather driver and passenger seats offer excellent support, but are still easy to get in and out of." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • … the standard front seats are unexpectedly plain, offering little in the way of lateral support. We expect more in a European sport/luxury coupe. The Sport package's upgraded front seats are much improved, providing ample bolstering along with excellent long-distance comfort; however, only Premium Plus and Prestige models are eligible for this upgrade." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the A5 include tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, a 10-speaker audio system, an iPod cable, a power panoramic sunroof (coupe models), and the MMI infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display screen.

Available features include a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, HD Radio, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and an upgraded MMI infotainment system with navigation and a 7-inch display screen. Audi Connect, which provides in-vehicle Wi-Fi and gives you the flexibility to connect up to eight devices, is also available.

Hooking up your smartphone to the A5 is easy with standard Bluetooth phone connectivity, but unlike many other cars, the A5 doesn't feature a USB port. Instead, it has a cable that can be used to charge an iPod.

Unlike many rival infotainment systems, there is no touch screen in the A5, even as an optional feature. Instead, there is a central control knob used to scroll through various menus of the MMI system. The system also lacks some of the latest tech features, like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the bright side, MMI has user-friendly controls that are clearly labeled, though it does require multiple steps to adjust some functions.

While the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Volvo S60 have an abundance of standard driver-assistance features, the A5 doesn't come with any. However, a few are available. A rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors can help you slide into parking spots or navigate tight spaces. There are also features useful on the highway like blind spot monitoring, which can help you avoid accidents while changing lanes or driving in traffic. If you're hoping for features beyond those, you may have to look elsewhere; many class rivals surpass the A5 in terms of available active safety features.

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  • "As well as it has held up over time, there are signs of age. The more advanced features available on rivals are not offered, and where the Audi once held an advantage, it's now considered average. If you're looking for the latest high-tech features like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and frontal collision mitigation, you're out of luck with the 2017 Audi A5." -- Edmunds
  • "While Audi's MMI infotainment system and other controls are easy to use, what really sets this interior apart are design and attention to detail." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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 (2013)

Cargo

The A5 Coupe's 12.2 cubic feet of trunk space is pretty good for a sports coupe, though it is a little below the overall class average. Convertibles generally have a little less space than their coupe counterparts, and the A5 Cabriolet is no different, offering just 10.2 cubic feet of trunk space. While that's only enough for a few small bags, it's still an OK capacity for a convertible.

Split-folding rear seats are standard with both body styles, so you can configure them to provide extra cargo space if you need it. They're easy to flip down thanks to convenient release levers inside the trunk.

  • Cargo capacity for the coupe comes to 12.2 cubic feet, which is smaller than rivals. The convertible takes away another two cubic feet, but the folding rear seats offer good overflow space." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)

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