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2021 Audi A5 Interior Review

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Interior: 8.1

 The 2021 Audi A5's cabin looks modern and stylish, with plenty of top-shelf materials throughout. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the infotainment system is easy to use. Coupe and convertible models don't have much trunk space, but Sportback models have more cargo room than most class rivals.

  • "Cabin quality is upscale, while the interior design might best be described as handsomely uncluttered." -- Autotrader
  • "On A5 and S5 coupes, the S line interior package brings with it a flat-bottom steering wheel, leather and Alcantara seats, and brushed-aluminum inlays. It's a beautifully designed cabin that impresses with its minimal clutter and high-quality materials." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Stylish, modern, and well built, the A5's cabin is spacious and comfortable, and the design will surely stand the test of time. The A5's cabin oozes quality from every panel.” -- Car and Driver (2020)

Cargo

A5 coupe models give you 10.9 cubic feet of trunk space. Most other luxury small cars have larger trunks. Cabriolet models have even less room, with just 9.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Sportback models have roughly double the room of the other body styles, as they provide 21.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 35 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

All A5 models come standard with split-folding rear seats, which gives you some flexibility when hauling larger items. A power trunk is standard, and hands-free trunk access is optional.

  • "A hatchback in disguise, the A5 Sportback has a sloping rear roofline that hides a power-operated liftgate and a large cargo hold, making it far more practical than the Audi A4 sedan or the A5 coupe and convertible. It proved its mettle in our carry-on suitcase testing by swallowing 16 cases." -- Car and Driver (2019)
  • "There also is nearly twice the cargo capacity in the sportback. … With the rear seats folded down, the area opens up to 35.0 cubic-feet, creating an impressive cavern for more stuff, or to take a quick nap if you are so inclined." -- New York Daily News (2018)
  • "A glimpse of the cargo area with the rear seats folded down proves the car is anything but small on the inside: The A5 serves up 35 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats down, and a still-respectable 21.8 cubic feet with the seats in this upright and locked positions, with the generous hatch opening being far more cargo-friendly." -- Autoweek (2018)

Seating

Audi A5 Sportback models seat five people, and coupe and convertible models seat four. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable, heated front sport seats come standard.

Upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, front seats with added power adjustments, massaging front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. Cabriolet models also offer a neck-level heating system.

The A5's front seats have plenty of head- and legroom, provide all-day support, and make it easy to find a suitable driving position. The rear seats in Sportback models aren't quite as spacious as those in front, but a pair of adults can still ride in the back without too much trouble. Coupe and convertible models are less welcoming to rear passengers, as you'd expect of a two-door car.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, and Sportback models have an additional tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the A5's LATCH setup the highest rating of Good for its ease of use.

  • "It's easy to find a comfortable driving position in this compact Audi, and the front seats offer excellent lateral support. … the rear seat of the coupe and convertible is tight on space, but the A5 and S5 Sportback is as roomy as an A4 sedan in back, with 21 cubic feet of cargo space with the seat up or 35 when it's folded." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Rear passenger space in the A5 Coupe is better than some might expect. An average adult male can sit comfortably behind a driver of the same height. And although the A5 Sportback is even better, tall folks will still prefer to sit in the front seats. In typical Audi fashion, the A5's front seats feel firm at first but become more comfortable as the miles pass." -- Autotrader
  • "The seat bottoms are narrow but provide enough comfort and support for long highway journeys, and a manual thigh extension should satisfy the long-legged." -- Car and Driver (2020)

Interior Features

Standard features in the A5 include a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, and the MIB 3 infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Cabriolet models have a power-folding soft top and no sunroof.

Available features include a digital gauge cluster (Audi's Virtual Cockpit), wireless device charging, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, satellite radio, additional USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and navigation.

The infotainment system's touch screen is large and easy to read from the driver's seat, and it responds quickly to inputs. The intuitive interface makes navigating through menus a simple task. The available Virtual Cockpit, which replaces the traditional gauge cluster with a customizable 12-inch display, is a favorite of reviewers.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, lane departure warning, Audi Pre Sense Basic (automatically rolls up windows and tightens seat belts when sensors detect an impending collision), and Audi Pre Sense Front (includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking).

Available active safety features include Audi Pre Sense Side (detects impending collisions from the side) and Audi Pre Sense Rear (includes blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert). Vehicle exit warning, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, lane keep assist, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, and parallel and perpendicular park assist are also available.

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  • "Audi offers plenty of infotainment features as standard on all A5 models, including Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, power outlets, and USB connectivity. A 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen is a floating element atop the A5's dashboard and features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration." -- Car and Driver (2020)
  • "Audi's MMI interface is easy to use while on the go, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard if users prefer to interact directly with their smartphones instead." -- Car and Driver (2019)
  • "Audi's fully digital dash has been around a few years now, but it still wows us. This optional setup replaces the traditional instrument cluster with a configurable … digital display. When integrated with Google Earth satellite mapping, it dazzles and seems straight from the future." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018) 
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