If you look at the cars in my custom garage, it’s clear that I’ve never really been a fan of Audi’s styling. But, since Audi has been dominating the Le Mans racing series, I figured it was time to give the automaker a chance. While I had my doubts that this car would alter my thoughts about the brand, I felt somewhat optimistic because the last time I gave a car chance – the Mercedes C-class sport – my entire outlook changed.
Lets start with the specs. The AWD A5 Quattro I drove was loaded with an 8-speed automatic 2.0 4clyn turbocharged engine that kicks out 220 horsepower and 258 lb/ft of torque while using a combined EPA estimate of 26mpg (22city/32hwy). For a car pumping only four cylinders, it’s definitely not a slouch, and the standard packages come with a 6-speed manual transmission.
I decided to take the car somewhere I felt would give it the best chance to impress me, but, I wanted to do it in such a way that its power-to-weight ratio wouldn’t influence my impression. That said, I took it for a drive along on the streets of Long Beach, CA and the always-crowded 405 freeway.
The first thing you notice when you get in side the A5 is the super elaborate center console that includes both the shifter and the engine start button. I thought it was a bit much until I realized how easy it was to use, and the Audi’s interior is simply luxurious.
On the road, I was really impressed by the response of the paddle shifters on the A5. I was able to pick up speed, shift smoothly and pick up more speed quickly without much of a hassle. As for the ride, I felt like it was a little bit stiff, and not as soft as the ride you would get from a Mercedes C-class on city streets. I felt most of the bumps on the road, which I wouldn’t mind if I was driving on the track where I would be pushing the car to the to its limit, but I wasn’t. Anyway, the A5 AWD system did give the car decent grip on the road, which will surely be good in any type of weather encountered on city streets.
I didn’t mind sitting in traffic as long as I’m sitting in an A5. The seats were comfortable and the sound from the radio was crisp. The side, rear, and adaptive cruise-control system made the drive feel safe, and you don’t feel like the on-board computer is trying to take control while you’re driving. Parking was a breeze with the help from the A5’s rear view camera parking system. Sensors at the rear of the car are handy in calculating how far you are from any object and they even generate grid lines on the dashboard monitor to help you park with ease.
Everything has been fine and dandy, so far. But, how do I feel about the A5’s new exterior look? Well, in a strange turn of events, I actually like how this Audi looks. Typically, Audis look very round and basic to me, but the new A5 is stunning. The look is great, the feel is decent, and I can’t say enough about its luxurious interior. All in all, the 2015 Audi A5 Quattro is a car I’d be proud to drive and park in my custom garage.