2021 Audi A5

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2021 Audi A5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 10, 2020
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The 2021 Audi A5 brings a host of active driver assistance features and technology upgrades. Just like previous model year, the 2021 A5 is available in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels. The 2021 Audi A5 Coupe 45 TFSI Quattro comes with a price sticker of $44,000. Interestingly, both the Coupe and Sportback model share the same base price. Since the A5 Coupe is based on its popular sibling A4, the A5 is also available as an open-air cabriolet, a Coupe, and a 5-door hatchback model called a Sportback. 

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Pros

Sophisticated and good tech installed interior

Good performance range

Quattro all-wheel drive

Cons

Limited interior space

New hybrid system looks average

Cramped rear seats in 2-door models

What's New?

Slight changes in the exterior design with more packages and trim options

Suspension has been tuned for better performance

Enhanced standard equipment across 2021 lineup

Power increment of 13 horsepower to A5 four-cylinder engine models

A 12v mild-hybrid electric vehicle system available

Wireless Apple CarPlay and lane-departure warning as standard


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Audi A5 Review video

Ratings

Features

7.2

Engine And Performance

6.8

Fuel Economy

5.2

Interior

8.1

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.9

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Audi A5 Premium

Premium

power
261 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) 261 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

2021 Audi A5 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
261 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) 261 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

2021 Audi A5 Prestige

Prestige

power
261 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) 261 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


We saw a major refresh in Audi’s lineup with A5 and S5 models. So 2021 A5 will not be getting a styling upgrade as of now. The good news about the 2021 Audi A5 is the power increment of 13 horsepower with the standard 2.0L inline-4 cylinder engine along with a new 12-volt mild-hybrid system that allows the Coupe to make 261 horsepower. Taking some cues from the Audi A4, the A5 gets some slightly distinguishing characteristics but the engine remains the same. 

.Also, the 2021 A5 Coupe will be offering better ride quality with a tuned suspension system. The Quattro system has been significantly recalibrated for better power distribution among the wheels. We’ll see the A5 Coupe competing against some popular models like Mercedes-Benz C300, Lexus RC350, and BMW 430i.

2021 Audi A5 Coupe Front View
2021 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

 

9.9/10
Competition

 
 

2021 Audi A5 Features

7.2/10

Just like previous year models, the 2021 A5 is available in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels. The most affordable A5 is the new 2021 Audi A5 Sportback 40 TFSI that comes powered by a 201 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The Sportback model is priced at $41,800. 

The best part for 2021 is that the 2021 Audi A5 Coupe 45 TFSI quattro and A5 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro share the same pricing with similar MSRP of $44,000. The top-spec Prestige trim is priced at $52,600. 

Trims

Premium

Premium plus

Prestige

MSRP

$42,900

$46,700

$52,600

Features

7-inch Color Drive information System

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

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

 

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

 

ESC with Secondary collision brake assist and traction Control

Heated, auto-dimming exterior mirrors

Audi Active lane assist

 

Electromechanical parking brake

Memory for driver’s seat

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

 

Audi music interface with front USB ports for data/charging

Leatherette covered center console and door armrests

Headlight washers

 

Audi drive select

Advanced Airbag ProtectionSystem with 6 airbags

LED interior lighting plus package

 

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

18” Summer tires

 

The Audi A5 Premium trim comes equipped with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a moonroof (or no roof cabriolet versions), a 10.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment including Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The Premium Plus trim adds a digital instrument cluster, upgraded headlights, and newly standard adaptive cruise control and driver-assistance features. For an extra $4,900 spent on A5 models, these features are worth considering to increase the safety perspective of the car.

 2021 Audi A5 Coupe Side View

Thetop-spec Prestige trim adds premium audio, a head-up display, and heated rear seats for about an extra $5,000 or more. An appearance package comes exclusively with the Prestige and Premium Plus models that adds larger wheels and black exterior elements. 

2021 Audi A5 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Every buyer expects a good running and resale value of their vehicle. In recent years, the market trends say a lot about the demand and supply. Audi has maintained its philosophy that the buyers opt for several packages that allows them to maintain their vehicle in a better manner. Although, Audi has been trying its best to prove its reliability besides offering a peppy engine and sharp looks to the A5 Coupe. Let's dive into the complete details of the 2021 A5 model to understand its true nature. 

Reliability and Ownership Costs

JD Power is a dignified agency that covers buyer reviews ratings and experience for providing best possible score to the vehicle. The scores display how satisfied the owners of the car are. The Audi A5 is an average-scorer with 83 points out of 100. We believe that the scores are justified for what the A5 offers in terms of technology, interior accessories and performance. Here, we have listed the five-year ownership cost of the Audi A5

Particulars

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$891

$922

$954

$988

$1,022

$4,777

Maintenance

$78

$974

$824

$2,551

$1,343

$5,770

Repairs

$0

$0

$0

$835

$1,275

$2,110

Taxes & Fees

$3,595

$46

$46

$46

$46

$3,779

Financing

$2,711

$2,180

$1,614

$1,010

$365

$7,880

Depreciation

$10,967

$4,926

$4,023

$4,508

$3,941

$28,365

Fuel

$1,746

$1,798

$1,852

$1,908

$1,965

$9,269

Real Cost of Ownership

$19,988

$10,846

$9,313

$11,846

$9,957

$61,950

Talking about the Audi A5 recalls, the 2020 Audi a5 has encountered no recalls till now and this shows how the company is dedicated in providing the best product in the lineup. Well, Audi is also working towards bringing a feasible ecosystem that would allow them to offer best service after-sales and improve the A5’s reliability over time. 

Warranty Cover

Audi’s commitment to its valuable customers is known for a long time. It's never hidden that the company really puts forward what makes sense for the buyers and is always open for customer feedback. The new Audi A5 offers exceptional warranty cover at no extra cost. The limited warranty is for 4 years and 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first. The same warranty applies on the powertrain and the 24-hour roadside assistance. Also, there is an amazing 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation. 

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Apart from this, an extended warranty is available at an extra cost that covers another 12-months of warranty to compensate against services like cost of repairs, engaging trained technicians, use of genuine parts.

Miles per dollar Costs for the 2021 Audi A5

Most buyers are not aware of the miles per dollar cost of their vehicle. So just for knowledge, the Audi A5 attracts around $1.008 cost per mile. 

2021 Audi A5 Buying Advice

If you are looking to buy an A5 Coupe, you need to select the best trim out of the three. We would recommend you to select the mid-level Premium Plus trim that comes with practicality and significant safety features compared to the base premium trim level. 

Is buying a used Audi A5 a good idea?

As far as we remember, Audi discontinued the manual transmission on A5 in 2019 and brought the RS 5 Sportback that was previously available only as Coupe. The Audi A5 received some exterior and interior tweaks later in and offered a peppy performance compared to its rivals. The 2020 model received slight updates compared to the 2019 model. The 2020 model will just offer an increased power figure with an additional 13 horsepower from the 2-liter 4-cylinder engine. Other updates would include minor cosmetic changes and addition of significant interior features. Since there won;t be much difference on the pricing of the current model and the 2021 model, you can save money by buying a used Audi A5 any day. 

2021 Audi A5 Engine and Performance

6.8/10

The A5 coupe comes powered by a 2.0Liter I4 Intercooled Turbo Premium engine. With the engine receiving 13 hp more power this year, the 2021 A5 returns 261 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. With the help of the 12V mild hybrid system, the engine turns out to be more responsive than the predecessor. This power jump from last year's model allows the A5 to bring in increased top speed and makes highway cruising more pleasant than before. 

 2021 Audi A5 Coupe Engine

The inline-4 cylinder engine under the A5’s hood comes mated with a 7-speed Automatic S Tronic Dual-Clutch transmission pulls the car quickly on highways and ensures better ride quality. 

Models

2021 Audi A5 Coupe

2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

2020 BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

2020 Lexus RC 350

MSRP

$46,700

$45,950

$46,950

$48,540

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4

2.0L Premium unleaded Inline-4

3.5L Premium unleaded V6

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic S Tronic Dual-Clutch

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

8 Speed automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power

261 hp@5,700 rpm 

255 hp@5,800 rpm

248 hp@5,200 rpm

241 hp@5,800 rpm

Torque

273 hp@2,500 rpm

273 hp@1,800 rpm

258 hp@1,450 rpm

258 hp@1,650 rpm

Comparing the engine details, all the rivals lag behind the Audi a5, thanks to the power boost of 13 horsepower. The Lexus RC 300 propels less power but offers similar torque with the A5 Coupe. 

2021 Audi A5 Acceleration And Braking Performance

The Audi A5 Coupe does pretty well in zero to 60 mph sprint, doing it in straight 5 seconds. It takes 13.6 seconds to go a quarter mile. Now that’s what the acceleration speaks about the A5’s engine performance. The A5 is faster than most of the other 4 cylinder powered cars in the segment. 

 2021 Audi A5 Coupe Accelerate 0-60 MPH Just In 5 Sec.

This fabulous acceleration timing is all because of the Quattro setup that put the power to the wheels without any second thought. The Quattro is a more rear-wheel biased system and delivers 20 percent more torque under 200 RPM. Another major factor playing a vital role in A5’s performance boost is the trimmed down weight compared to the outgoing model. Notably, the predecessor did a 0 to 60 mph sprint in 6.1 seconds. 

Models

2021 Audi A5 Coupe

2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

2020 BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

2020 Lexus RC 350

0-60 mph 

5 seconds

6.6 seconds

5.7 seconds

5.5 seconds

Quarter mile 

13.6 seconds

14.6 seconds

13.9 seconds

13.9 seconds

Top Speed

129 mph

155 mph

143 mph

155 mph

70-0 MPH

152 feet

163 feet

168 feet

160 feet

The C300 Coupe and the 430i xDrive recorded slower acceleration in 0 to 60 mph sprint. The numbers from the Lexus RX 250 are quite disappointing but what else we can expect from a naturally aspirated engine. 

2021 Audi A5 Fuel Economy

5.2/10

The 2-liter turbo cylinder powering the A5 Coupe returns impressive fuel economy. The EPA rated the A5 Coupe with fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The combined fuel economy turns out to be 27 mpg. With the fuel tank capacity of 15.3 gallons, the coupe is a perfect hauler for your weekend rides or daily commute to work.

Models

2021 Audi A5 Coupe

2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

2020 BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

2020 Lexus RC 350

MPG (City)

23

22

21

18

MPG (Highway)

34

31

31

24

MPG (Combined)

27

25

24

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.3

17.4

15.8

17.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

352/520/260

332/490/379

313/418/365

383/539/435

So, comparing the numbers, the Audi A5 Coupe becomes the frugal one among all cars here. Also, all rivals have bigger fuel tanks than the Audi A5. 

2021 Audi A5 Interior

8.1/10

The Audi A5’s interior reminds you of the A4, which is quite accurate. The A5 Coupe boasts of a solid cabin which is way balanced than most of its siblings. The interior contains leather upholstery along with aluminum and wooden inserts. The front seat passengers find it easy to accommodate themselves, while the rear-passengers face problems due to flipped front seats. Also, the visibility from the driver’s seat is also good. 

 2021 Audi A5 Coupe Front Seat Front Seat

The 2021 A5 Coupe allows four adults to accommodate themselves comfortably. However, due to sloping roofline, tall passengers might find problems in the rear seat. This is almost identical in most coupes in the city that complain about limited rear headroom and legroom. The front sport seats are narrow and provide adequate padding across the sides as well. 

Model

2021 Audi A5 Coupe

2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

2020 BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

2020 Lexus RC 350

Passenger Capacity

4

4

4

4

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

39.0/55.3/41.3

38.8/54.8/42.0

39.8/55.3/42.2

39.0/54.7/45.4

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

36.1/50.7/32.7

35.6/51.7/32.0

36.1/51.7/33.7

34.8/50.8/27.3

Everything inside the A5 coupe looks decent but misses on the luxury quotient. The buyer has an option to customize their model with the available S Line interior appearance package that includes features like leather faux-suede upholstered seats, stainless steel sport pedals, brushed aluminum trim, and flat-bottomed steering wheel. 

How’s the Audi A5’s infotainment system?

The Audi A5 gets a much needed infotainment upgrade in the lineup. Replacing the previous infotainment system with an all-new 10.1-inch touchscreen MIB 3 infotainment system. The new system boasts responsive inputs and high quality graphics. 

 2021 Audi A5 Coupe Dashboard

There are very few places where the physical knobs and buttons are visible. In most cases, the buttons are gone. The touchscreen is very responsive to user inputs and can be controlled via touch, voice or controls mounted on the steering wheel. The infotainment system gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard with Bluetooth connectivity.

2021 Audi A5 Exterior

6.0/10

The 2021 Audi A5 Coupe looks marvelous with a sloping roofline and exhibits premiumness on streets. The 2021 model comes unchanged in terms of design line compared to the outgoing 2020 A5 model.

 2021 Audi A5 Coupe Third Quarter View

This 4-door coupe-like silhouette and power liftgate make space for cargo as well. For 20201, you can opt for the Black Optic package that comes with black painted roof along with the available exterior paint job. 

Model

2021 Audi A5 Coupe

2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 Coupe

2020 BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

2020 Lexus RC 350

Curb Weight (lbs)

3605

3572

3574

3891

Length (in)

184.0

184.5

182.7

185.0

Width (in)

72.6

71.3

71.9

72.4

Height (in)

54.0

55.3

54.2

55.1

Ground Clearance (in)

N/A

3.5

5.1

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

108.8

111.8

110.6

107.5

The 3605 pound curb weight looks decent on the A5, making it neither too heavy or light. The Coupe balances itself right in case of tight cornering or high speed maneuvering on highways. The A5’s dimensions are very close to the Mercedes-Benz C300 and offer similar style on streets. 

2021 Audi A5 Safety

7.0/10

The 2021 A5 is yet to be crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration but the 2020 model earned a respectable reputation in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. IIHS rewarded the Audi A5 with Top Safety Pick award. The NHTSA gave a five overall rating to the A5, with five stars in rollover and side crash test. Also, it was awarded four stars in the frontal crash test. 

2021 Audi A5 Competition

9.9/10

Audi A5 vs BMW 430i xDrive

Unlike the BMW, A5 is more focused on offering better ride and comfort. Also this year, the A5 has a power boost and offers better power output than the Bimmer. Inside, the Audi feels more upmarket and premium than the BMW.

2021 BMW 430i xDrive

The confidence that you get in during the A5 is missing on the BMW 430i. The A5 Coupe looks sporty in looks and performance altogether. 

Audi A5 vs Mercedes Benz C300 

Mercedes C300 maintains a fine balance between elegance and performance. The C300 provides best value for money proposition when it comes to features.

2021 Mercedes Benz C300

The Audi offers a handful of features that still needs a serious upgrade. But, with the 2021 A5 getting some good standard features, the A5 smoothly overshadows the C300. 

2021 Audi A5 Final Verdict

The A5’s base engine provides good power and acceleration than most of its coupe rivals. The a5 has an engaging handling in rough terrains as well. The duel economy is decent even with the power boost in the 2-liter 4 cylinder powertrain. With the enriched tech features and latest upgrade the Audi A5 is a good car to consider for your daily drive.