2020 Audi A5

2020 MODEL
$42,900 - $52,600
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2020 Audi A5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 6, 2020
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Aditya Suresh

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Audi’s distinctive yet timeless styling has been put to test, to see if they can come up with something better, and Oh Boy! They surely have. With those four big overlapped rings and a big aggressive grille in the front, the Audi A5 is certainly the most aesthetic and versatile coupe in its price range. To put things in perspective, a fully loaded A5 with all the extravaganza costs less than 57grand while the comparably equipped price of Mercedes C Class Coupe would easily cost you north of 60grand. 

After adding a few more spices and special ingredients to the 2019 model, Audi has come up with the new hot, fresh from the oven, 2020 Audi A5. It also comes with the same delightful base under its hood as its yesteryear. Who wouldn't love a pizza...err, I mean an Audi, right?  Read our in-depth expert review to find out what makes the A5 a delight!

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Pros

Sensible cabin layout

Cutting-edge infotainment setup

Spacious back seats

Cons

Poor cargo capacity

What's New?

Updated exterior styling

New 10.1 inch infotainment touchscreen


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42900

bodystyle

Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.ft.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

273 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

7-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Multi-material body construction

suspension front

Multi-Link Independent

suspension rear

Multi-Link Independent

brake rotors (f/r)

13.3/13

dimensions

wheelbase

108.8 in.

length

184.9 in.

width

72.7 in.

height

53.9 in.

curb weight

3638 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

10.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/24/32 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr/ 50,00 mi

drivetrain warranty

4 yr/ 50,000 mi

powertrain warranty

4 yr/ 50,000 mi

corrosion warranty

12 Yr / Unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Audi A5 Exterior video

Styles

2020 Audi A5 in Brilliant Black color 2020 Audi A5 in District Green Metallic color 2020 Audi A5 in Ibis White color 2020 Audi A5 in Navarra Blue Metallic color
Brilliant Black

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Ratings

Features

7.2

Engine And Performance

6.8

Fuel Economy

5.2

Interior

8.1

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Audi A5 Premium

Premium

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$42,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 45 TFSI quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $42,900 MSRP (23/27/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

2020 Audi A5 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$46,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $46,700 MSRP (23/27/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

2020 Audi A5 Prestige

Prestige

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$52,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige 45 TFSI quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $52,600 MSRP (23/27/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

6.7

Overall Rating


The 2020 Audi A5 makes use of a 2.0Liter turbo-4 that punches out 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Apart from the engine, Audi engineers souped-up the suspension for better handling and the Quattro system is now recalibrated to send more power to the rear end for an even more engaging drive. And also the changes to the exterior front are minimal and mostly limited to the front end.

The A5 comes in 3 trims mostly, Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige, starting from a nominal price of $42,900 all the way to $52,600. With the A5, Audi has risen to the occasion, with rivals such as the BMW 430i xDrive and the Mercedes C300 4Matic. 

2020 Audi A5 Coupe Front View
2020 Audi A5 Coupe Rear View

7.2/10
Features

 

6.8/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.2/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Interior

 

6.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Audi A5 Features

7.2/10

Just as its more subdued sibling, A4, the A5 it totally packed to the brim with the segment-leading features. It’s practical, lots of space on the inside has a massive boot at the back and goes like a sports car. It comes with all the creature comforts that are to be expected from a car of this caliber. At a price of $42,900, the Audi A5 seems like a total bargain. 

Trims

Premium

Premium plus

Prestige

MSRP (AWD)

$42,900

$46,700

$52,600

Key Features

7” Color Drive information System

Adds/Upgrades to Premium

Adds/Upgrades to Premium plus

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Audi sound system with 10 speakers, 6-channel amplifier and 180 watts

MMI Navigation plus

 

rain/ Light sensors for automatic windshield wipers and headlights 

SiriusXM with a 90-day trial subscription

Six-month trial subscription to Audi connect PRIME and Audi connect PLUS online services

 

LED Headlights with high beam Assist

Parking system plus(front and rear acoustic sensors)

Head-up Display

 

Anti-theft vehicle immobilizer

Audi Side Assist and Audi pre sense

Traffic Sign recognition

 

Heated, eight-way power front sport seats and four-way power lumbar adjustment for Driver

Body-colored door handles

Audi adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist

 

LATCH in rear seats

Heated, auto-dimming exterior mirrors

Audi Active lane assist

 

Tire pressure monitoring system

Memory for driver’s seat

Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light, high-beam assist and animation

 

ESC with Secondary collision brake assist and traction Control

Leatherette covered center console and door armrests

Headlight washers

 

Electromechanical parking brake

Advanced Airbag ProtectionSystem with 6 airbags

LED interior lighting plus package

 

Audi music interface with front USB ports for data/charging

18” Summer tires

Bang and Olufsen sound system with 3D sound, 19 speakers,16-channel amplifier and 755 watts
 

Audi drive select

12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster with three visual modes: Classic, Sport and dynamic  
 

18” 5-double-spoke star design wheels with all-season-tires

   

What do we recommend?

For a price of $52,600, the Prestige trim is a worthy contender, as it packs all the upscale features in addition to the sporty performance upgrades and essential features like sport-tuned adaptive suspension and an upgraded rear differential for a reasonable price. Although, upgrading to the Premium Plus trim opens doors to some handy features like the MMI digital display, charging pad and some safety features too like a blind-spot monitoring system, etc. The premium plus hits the sweet spot with cost, features, performance and thus is our pick of the lot. 

2020 Audi A5 Engine and Performance

6.8/10

Under the sporty hood, it resides a 2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded engine which produces enough ponies for you to have the time of your life. To be more precise 248hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. It may not pack the initial zeel to impress you like its elder brother, the S5, because it is a completely different animal when let loose. The power has substantially been bumped up from last year and it helps in increased top speed.

The potent Inline-4 motor under the hood of the Audi A5 is mated to a 7-speed Automatic S Tronic Dual-Clutch which pulls the car quickly and it won’t flicker while overtaking on highways.

Models

Audi A5 Coupe

Lexus RC 300 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe

MSRP

$48,600

$48,540

$46,950

$45,950

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4

3.5L Premium unleaded V6

2.0L Premium unleaded Inline-4

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4,

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD RWD

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic S Tronic Dual-Clutch

8-speed shiftable automatic

8 Speed automatic

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

248@5,700 

241@5,800

248@5,200

255@5,800

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

273@2,500

258@1,650

258@1,450

273@1,800

Mercedes AMG C300 overpowers its competitors with the most amount of punch available under the hood, with the Audi A5 not that far behind either with 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The Merc’s 9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic gearbox too seems to be more responsive and delivers quicker shifts when compared to Audi. Ironically, Lexus RC 300 might have the biggest engine under the hood but fails to packs the same amount of ponies that the others are offering, which is a big letdown on Lexus’s part.

How fast is it?

With more than 20% more power on tap and about 100 pounds of weight savings, the 2020 Audi A5 is a serious contender and is definitely quicker than the outgoing model. It accelerates from 0-60 in less than 6 seconds, all the while crossing the quarter-mile mark in a decent 14.7 seconds. If we may dare to say so, it can be sportier at times.

2020 Audi A5 Coupe 0-60 MPH in Just 5.7 sec

The Quattro AWD systems prove to be the most efficient and better calibrated than other systems and this is reflected in the way the Audi A5 lunges ahead.

Model

Audi A5 Coupe

Lexus RC 300 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe

0-60 MPH

5.7 

7.3 

5.5 

5.5 

Quarter Mile

14.7 

15.2 

14.3 

14.1 

Top Speed (MPH) 155 155 155 130

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4

3.5L Premium unleaded V6

2.0L Premium unleaded Inline-4

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) N/A N/A N/A N/A

Mercedes Benz C300’s the first to reach 60 mph in a quoted time of 5.5 seconds, while the Audi finishes second with a time of 5.7 seconds on the clock. Again the Lexus is a big letdown in this case as it lags behind the others by a huge margin taking more than 7 seconds in the process.

What’s it like on the road?

The Audi A5 has a dual personality out on the road. It is composed and calm on soothing roads, whereas it packs a whole different character on twisty trenches. With well-weighted steering and great suspension, it literally comes alive in corners. Although the suspension is beefed up to minimize body roll, the roughness of the ride is sometimes felt on some of the rough patches on the street. That being said, putting the chassis in comfort mode helps the cause to some degree.

2020 Audi A5 Coupe Rear View

The optional dynamic steering mimics the intuitive steering usually found in high-end supercars, which varies the gear ratio based on your speed and steering angle. It has been specifically designed to give the driver optimum feedback and can be adjusted based on the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Coming to the Quattro system starts to fall apart in swooping corners and it introduces understeer which ruins the experience and restricts to put down power. 

What about the braking performance?

Brakes received a generous upgrade as well in order to handle all that excessive speed and power. It has 13.3-inch diameter front brakes in the front and 13-inches in the back to ensure quick braking. Brakes are big and strong and give plenty of feedback and shrug speed in a jiffy. Unfortunately, the A5’s braking prowess could not be put to the test, although to put things into perspective, the Lexus with much smaller rotor discs comes to standstill in about 120 ft, which is in all seriousness pretty commendable on Lexus’s part. Based on this, we have no doubt that the A5 would have similar results too if not better.

Model

Audi A5 Coupe

Lexus RC 300 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe

Brake Rotors Front

(in)

13.3

12.2

12.3

13

Brake Rotors Rear

(in)

13

12.2

11.8

11.8

Curb Weight

(lbs)

3605

3891

3574

3572

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

120

162

153

The heavier Audi A5 Coupe gets bigger rotor brakes discs of 13.3-inches up front and 13-inch rotors in the back. Meanwhile, the Merc C300, the sportiest of the bunch, gets decently sized brakes, whereas Lexus being the heaviest of the bunch comes to a stop much earlier than the rest of the competition at 120 ft.

2020 Audi A5 Fuel Economy

5.2/10

The Audi A5 returns good EPA numbers with a combined MPG of 27. The real-world performance might differ. The precise 7-Speed Automatic S Tronic Dual-Clutch is responsible for providing us with these numbers. It could have done better if not for its curb weight, which is more on the heftier side. Audi has equipped the A5 with a large 15.3-gallon fuel tank which helps it provide the best range of the lot. Overall, considering the amount of firepower it packs, the EPA figures it gives is a pretty good number.

Model

Audi A5 Coupe

Lexus RC 300 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe

MPG (City)

23

18

21

22

MPG (Highway)

34

24

31

31

MPG (Combined)

27

21

24

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.3

17.4

15.8

17.4

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

352/520/260

313/418/365

332/490/379

383/539/435

Most coupes and coupes maintain 23 miles to the gallon combined mileage. Although the A5 is a different breed in this respect, as it gives a mileage of 27 MPG. The Lexus lags in this department with 21 mpg combined, solely because of it much bigger engine. The Bimmer and the Mercedes C300 Coupe are on par with each other in terms of fuel efficiency.

2020 Audi A5 Interior

8.1/10

Audi cars are the epitome of luxury and premium-ness. A5 follows the trend as well. Just like the exterior, the same limited amount of changes can be seen in the interior as well. The interiors on the A5 are covered in rich materials. Plastics are soft to touch and every panel feels solidly put together. A lot of attention to detail has been given design and the quality of materials used. The biggest surprise from the facelift comes to us in the form of the featuress and gadgets offered, with the old ones being improved vastly, and also bringing in new ones.

As it is basically a souped-up A4, it’s high on seating comfort and practicality. Seats are super supportive and comfy and are equipped with massage features as well that support you well enough on long journeys. It also comes with a manual thigh extension that should satisfy the long-legged, and give you ample support to stretch along and relax after a long day. 

Model

Audi A5 Coupe

Lexus RC 300 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.0/55.3/41.3

39.0/54.7/45.4

39.8/55.3/42.2

38.8/54.8/42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.1/50.7/32.7

34.8/50.8/27.3

36.1/51.7/33.7

35.6/51.7/32.0

All of the said coupes can carry up to 4 passengers at a time and are quite similarly sized and as well. That being said, the BMW 430i xDrive on paper has the most amount of front headroom among its competitors. In the rear, the headroom seems to be ample on paper in the Audi but the way the roof is designed, the shoulder room gets affected and is only good for two passengers at a time and this is where the BMW and the Mercedes shine the brightest. 

How good is the infotainment system?

Audi A5 gets a 7-inch central infotainment display that comes standard with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. It moreover comes filled to the brim with high-end technologies and features at a nominal price. The display is crisp and the visibility is great too. The system is responsive to inputs and displays all the vital information which is easy to read as well. Along with the central screen, A5 comes equipped with Audi’s Virtual cockpit which is super configurable and makes drivers’ life easier. Moreover, for all the audiophiles out there, the A5 has got your back as well, with a 10-speaker system, upgraded to a 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround system which makes it feel like a concert within your car.

How much cargo can the Audi A5 carry?

The boot in the back of the Audi A5 is quite generous from coupe standards. It’s big enough and can carry your weekend worth of luggage with ease and then some more. The same cannot be said for the smaller storage bins and cubby holes inside, as they don’t follow the same convention. On folding down the rear seats, you get a much bigger space for your belongings which uplifts the practicality even further.

Model

Audi A5 Coupe

Lexus RC 300 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

11.6

10.4

N/A

10.5

Audi A5 has a cavernous boot and not just on paper but it’s designed in such a way that the loading is easier and it’s opening is square-ish as well. The Audi A5 demonstrates its family utility character in terms of cargo space as well. The ride offers a cargo capacity of 11.6 cu.ft, which is simply commendable on Audi’s part. The Merc makes the chase with 10.5 cu.ft, followed up closely by the Lexus RC 300.

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2020 Audi A5 Exterior

6.0/10

The new Audi A5 is the ultimate compact luxury coupe, which forms the basis for it older yet hotter sibling S5. Don’t mistake the 2020 Audi A5 with the outgoing A5. Although the silhouette is identical, the edges are sharper, and the design is based on the A7, which we love and adore. They have gone with the original seductive look, and not brought about any changes to the design as such. The honeycomb front grille looks aggressive and the front end gets a reworked bumper with big air intakes to feed in more air to the air intake and the radiators, The coupe’s roofline reminds us of the sleek hatchback profile. The new Led headlights, wider and flatter Singleframe grille are meant to enhance the look of the car. 

2020 Audi A5 Coupe Three Quarter View

Model

Audi A5 Coupe

Lexus RC 300 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs)

3605

3891

3574

3572

Length (in)

184.0

185.0

182.7

184.5

Width (in)

72.6

72.4

71.9

71.3

Height (in)

54.0

55.1

54.2

55.3

Ground Clearance (in)

N/A

5.3

5.1

3.5

Wheelbase (in)

108.8

107.5

110.6

111.8

Mercedes C300 feels light on its feet and that’s down to its lower curb weight. Coupled with that, the C300 is packing the longest wheelbase which translates to a roomier cabin. The Lexus RC 300 tips the scale at almost 3900lbs and is heavier than the rest. This excess weight helps the car to remain stable at high speeds. However, you might need to be extra careful on speed bumps, given the tiny 3.5-inch ground clearance in the Mercedes coupe.

Exterior Features

Some of the prominent exterior features of the Audi A5 are: 

  • 18” 5-Double -spoke star design wheel with all-season tires
  • Honeycomb Singleframe grille
  • LED headlights with high-beam assist
  • Heated, power-adjustable exterior mirrors(manual folding)
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Anti-theft vehicle immobilizer
  • Heat-insulating glass for side windows
2020 Audi A5 Coupe Exterior
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2020 Audi A5 Safety

7.0/10

The brand with the four rings offers a comprehensive package of active and passive safety features in the compact class too. The 2020 Audi A5 has not been crash-tested by the NHTSA. Nevertheless, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a top safety pick award. The sports saloon comes standard with a host of safety features which makes the A5 a safe and secure car. Some of the features are given below-

  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Advanced Airbag protection System with 6 airbags
  • Electromechanical Parking brake
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution(EBD) and brake Assist
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children(LATCH) in rear seats
  • Front passenger occupant detection for airbags
  • Audi connect CARE Emergency SOS
  • Parking System Plus Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Audi Side Assist Blind Spot Sensor
  • Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense rear
  • SIDE GUARD Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags

2020 Audi A5 Competition

Audi A5 vs Mercedes Benz C300 

Mercedes C300 is one such car that provides a fine balance between comfortness and performance, also it provides the best value for money proposition in terms of the feature list. The Audi, on the other hand, gives us a comfortable ride that goes uninterrupted over uneven surfaces. The interior is equally plush and technology-rich in both of these coupes, wth the Audi having a slightly upper edge. Although the C300’s 2.0L inline 4 makes the most amount of power in the segment and feels refined as well, all the while outright wins against the Audi A5

2020 Mercedes Benz C300

Audi A5 vs BMW 430i xDrive

Unlike the Bimmer, the Audi doesn’t get your adrenaline rushing as much. The A5 prevails here with a much more city focussed ride and comfort. Even the updated tech in the interior makes the A5 a more attractive package than the 430i.  On the inside, the A5 feels upmarket and expensive. When on the move, the Audi A5 covers the ground with confidence and has a sporty edge to it which makes it quite a fun car to drive and throw around the corners.

2020 BMW 430i xDrive

2020 Audi A5 Final Verdict

Audi A5 is an all-round package. It’s got a powerful engine under the hood powering all the wheels which make the performance all the more usable. The interior is comfortable and well equipped for longer rides. It is easy to live with, can be used for everyday shopping errands and feels at home out on a racetrack or a curvy canyon road.  We would have loved for a more comfortable second-row seating but nothing can be 100 percent perfect and the Audi A5 is the closest one to it.