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2020 Audi A5 Performance Review

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Performance: 8.4

The 2020 Audi A5 gives you three delectable powertrains to choose from: the base turbo-four, a turbocharged V6, and a twin-turbo V6. All three are powerful, and all are mated to a smooth-shifting transmission. The A5 handles well and provides a comfortable ride. Gas mileage is typical for a luxury small car.

  • "The 2020 Audi A5 and Audi S5 are more than just beautiful designs. They hold a special skill set combining advanced luxury features, a team of powerful engines and standard quattro all-wheel drive that helps them ride and drive like no other cars in this class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Around town, the A5 asserts itself nicely when dicing with traffic, never feeling sluggish or underpowered." -- Car and Driver
  • "The A5 and S5 can melt away miles on the autobahn, tear up a twisty road and even transport the family on occasion. More to the point, however, they are personal cars designed to be enjoyable for the driver everyday on every road." -- Motor Trend (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The Audi A5 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The A5 is also a mild hybrid, meaning it has a slight electric boost to assist with acceleration and marginally improve fuel economy.

The base engine has enough juice for most driving situations, and acceleration is quick from a stop. The transmission pairs well with the engine, delivering silky, timely shifts.

For more authoritative performance, step up to the Audi S5. These models feature a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission good for 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. You'll feel that extra power too, particularly during acceleration. The S5's zero-to-60 time is more than a second quicker than the A5's.

There's also a high-performance model: the Audi RS 5. It has a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine that produces 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Like the S5, the RS 5 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

According to EPA estimates, the A5 gets 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Those are typical ratings for a small luxury car. S5 models get 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. In both the A5 and S5, the cabriolet earns marginally worse ratings than coupe and Sportback models.

  • "With a zero-to-60-mph run taking just 5.6 seconds, the A5 coupe's 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is more than capable, but for those seeking even more punch, the S5's 349-horsepower V6 knocks that time down to a scant 4.4 seconds (Sportback and Cabriolet add a few tenths of a second to the coupe's time). … With the turbo-4, we did experience a moment of turbo lag after hitting the accelerator hard, but it's not annoyingly late and the A5 quickly gets itself up to speed. The A5's 7-speed dual-clutch automatic is one of the best in the business, smooth, fast and responsive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Acceleration can be pleasantly brisk and gearshifts are smooth." -- Autotrader
  • "Smooth and sonorous, the engine provides effortless power while the transmission shifts gears quickly and seamlessly; it's a polished and well-matched setup made all the more capable by standard all-wheel drive." -- Car and Driver (2019)

Handling and Braking

As you would expect from a luxury car, the A5 delivers a smooth ride. Its suspension soaks up road imperfections with ease. This Audi also handles well; it has responsive steering and stays planted around turns. It's no sports car, but you can certainly enjoy yourself behind the wheel. All A5 models and trims come standard with Quattro all-wheel drive.

  • "The ride quality is comfortable, yet the suspension still responds well to being pushed a little. Even the steering feel, often an area of criticism when electric power assistance is in the picture, has the right amount of weight and response." -- Autotrader
  • "It's composed, confident, and easy to drive fast through corners: The A5 Sportback is everything a modern sports sedan should be. Its agility belies its comfort, too, and potholes and broken pavement do little to upset the Sportback, especially when it's equipped with the optional adaptive suspension. The well-weighted steering feels natural in the driver's hands, and the front tires respond immediately to driver inputs, making this Audi a joy to pilot on twisty tarmac." -- Car and Driver (2019)
  • "At speed the A5 keeps the road manners of in-town cruising, offering a slightly firm but well-damped ride that permits a bit of float, striking a good balance between sport and comfort." -- Autoweek (2018)
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