2018 Audi A5 Coupe Tested: Stealthy Speeder

While the turbocharged, intercooled, and direct injected 2.0 liter inline-four carries over its iron block and longitudinal orientation, there are worthwhile gains in both power. As before, Quattro all wheel drive is standard, and buyers may choose between a six speed manual transmission or a seven speed dual clutch automatic with three operating modes and paddle shifters. Audi claims the new multilink front suspension improves steering precision and that weight has been methodically trimmed throughout the car. Dropping one gear from the automatic transmission, adopting new aluminum front suspension components.

Key Takeaways:

  • The if-it-ain’t-broke approach to fixing things apparently translates well into German because you have to squint your eyes to see how Audi has altered the A5 with this new-for-2018 redesign.
  • Wheelbase and overall length are a touch longer, while height is the same and width is down by a mere 0.3 inch. The grille, headlamps, and taillamps all have broader proportions, and those zeppelin-like creases in the hood are apparently how Audi’s metal benders earn their pay.
  • Dropping one gear from the automatic transmission, adopting new aluminum front-suspension components, and other measures yielded a 65-pound weight savings over a similarly equipped 2016 Audi A5 we tested.

“This 2018 edition has Quattro all-wheel drive, a huge sunroof, three-zone automatic climate control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard equipment.”