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2021 Audi A5 Review:Trims, Pricing, Engine, Specs, and Rivals Comparison

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Saurav Kumar

Editor June 20, 2020 at 10:54 AM
The 2021 Audi A5 uses a 2.0Liter turbo-4 that delivers 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Apart from the engine, Audi has tuned the suspension for better ride and handling. The Quattro system has been recalibrated for better performance and power distribution among the wheels. There are minimal changes on the exterior and interior part. You’ll find the A5 Coupe competing against some prominent rivals like Lexus RC300, and BMW 430i.

After receiving an all-around refresh for the 2020 model year, 2021 Audi A5 Coupe brings you a fresh and additional package of technology bundle and driver assistance features. Powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the new A5 Coupe is somewhat more accurate in terms of power delivery and ride quality. For 2021, the coupe gets a power bump of 13 hp along with an additional 12v mild-hybrid electric system. 

What’s New in the 2021 Audi A5 Coupe?

  • A5 four-cylinder models receive a power increment of 13 horsepower and a 12v mild-hybrid electric vehicle system
  • Minimal changes in design
  • Suspension tuned for better performance

What is the price and release date of 2021 Audi A5 Coupe?

The 2021 A5 Coupe is offered in mostly, Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The 2021 A5 base Premium model starts at $44,000, the Premium Plus costs $48,900, and the top-spec Prestige costs $53,450. Notably, the 2021 A5 price has been hiked significantly compared to the 2020 model years base MSRP of $42,900. The new A5 coupe shall make itself to U.S dealerships by the 2020 fall.

What’s the Engine under the 2021 Audi A5’s hood?

The A5 coupe sports a 2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium engine, delivering 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 letting loose. The power has substantially been bumped up from last year and it helps in increased top speed.

The reliable 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 cruising on highways.

Models

Audi A5 Coupe

Lexus RC 300 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

MSRP

$48,900

$48,540

$46,950

Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4

3.5L Premium unleaded V6

2.0L Premium unleaded Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic S Tronic Dual-Clutch

8-speed shiftable automatic

8 Speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

248@5,700 

241@5,800

248@5,200

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

273@2,500

258@1,650

258@1,450

Ironically, Lexus RC 300 might have the biggest engine under the hood but fails to pack the same amount of ponies that the others are offering, which is a big letdown on Lexus’s part.

How much fuel economy can we expect from the 2021 Audi A5?

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

MPG (City)

23

18

21

MPG (Highway)

34

24

31

MPG (Combined)

27

21

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.3

17.4

15.8

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

352/520/260

313/418/365

332/490/379

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.

How is the interior in the 2021 Audi A5 Coupe?

Audi A5 Coupe has always been known for its premium offering and sets the trend pretty well. Just like the exterior, the interior can be seen with minimal changes compared to last year's model. The interior is a combination of premium looking rich material and soft plastic parts. Audi has given a lot of attention to detail throughout the cabin. 

As it is basically a compact A4 sibling, it is good for delivering comfortable seating in both the rows. The seats are equipped with massage features that benefit you in long journeys. The coupe also features a manual thigh extension that could satisfy tall passengers. 

Model

Audi A5 Coupe

Lexus RC 300 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Seating Capacity

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

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

36.1/50.7/32.7

34.8/50.8/27.3

36.1/51.7/33.7

The BMW 430i xDrive on charts 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 

What are the tech features inside the 2021 Audi A5?

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 music lovers 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 returns good bassy sound. 

How does the 2021 Audi A5 look from outside?

The new Audi A5 is the ultimate compact luxury coupe, which forms the basis for its older yet hotter sibling S5. Although the silhouette of the A5 is identical to the A4, the edges are sharper, and the design is completely based on the larger sibling Audi A7, which we always adore. 

The honeycomb front grille makes an impression with its aggressive attire and the front end gets a tweaked bumper with big air intakes to feed in more air to the air intake, The coupe’s roofline resembles the sportback version precisely. The new Led headlights, wider and flatter single-frame grille enhances the exterior of the coupe. 

Model

Audi A5 Coupe

Lexus RC 300 Coupe

BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs)

3605

3891

3574

Length (in)

184.0

185.0

182.7

Width (in)

72.6

72.4

71.9

Height (in)

54.0

55.1

54.2

Ground Clearance (in)

N/A

5.3

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

108.8

107.5

110.6

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

How safe is the 2021 Audi A5 Coupe?

The 2021 Audi A5 Coupe is yet to be crash-tested by NHTSA. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Coupe with its top safety pick award.

Some of the features are given below-

  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Audi Side Assist Blind Spot Sensor
  • Advanced Airbag protection System with 6 airbags
  • Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense rear
  • Electromechanical Parking brake
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • SIDE GUARD Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Parking System Plus Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • 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

Should you buy the 2021 Audi A5 Coupe?

The 2020 Audi A5 gets some refreshed design alongside some notable standard features. For 2021, you won’t notice many changes in the design part. Now with the Sportback joining the lineup, you have better alternatives among the A5 lineup. The overall look of the coupe is appealing for executive class and the car brings in premium character throughout its cabin. 

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