Nearly new buying guide: Audi A5 Coupe

3 years ago - 30 April 2021, autocar
Nearly new buying guide: Audi A5 Coupe
This handsome two-door is surprisingly good value. We investigate

Just as there is more than one way to skin a cat, so there is more than one way to design a coupé. That said, most manufacturers would aim to make theirs as fun to drive as possible (see BMW 4 Series), but with its A5 coupé, Audi has chosen to give sporty drivers something cooler and more restrained.

It’s practical, too, thanks to split rear seats and a huge 465-litre boot. You need more practicality? Then look no further than the A5 Sportback, a five-door variant with engines and trims that ape the coupé’s. New, prices were the same too, but on the used market, a like-for-like Sportback appears to be a tad cheaper, perhaps because there are more of them.

Back to the coupé. The generation we’re talking about here was launched in 2016. Larger and lighter and powered by more efficient engines, it was a big improvement on the outgoing model. Interestingly, for a model aimed at business drivers, petrol versions outnumber diesels on the used car market, and by some margin. They come in 148bhp, 187bhp and 249bhp 2.0 TFSI forms, with the 349bhp 3.0 V6 being reserved for the S5. Prices start from around £14,000 for a 2017-reg 187bhp 2.0 TFSI 190 Sport with 65,000 miles.

The most powerful petrol engine has quattro four-wheel drive. Given that this system is paired with the more expensive petrol and diesel engines, it’s not surprising that on the used market it is easily outnumbered by front-wheel-drive versions. Prices are reasonable, with a 2017-reg 2.0 TFSI 252 S line S tronic quattro with 50,000 miles costing £17,900.

The petrol engines are efficient and free-revving, but if you anticipate doing high mileages, check out one of the more economical diesels. They’re available in 2.0-litre 148bhp and 187bhp forms, with the latter also offered in more frugal (a claimed 70mpg) Ultra guise. Prices are from around £13,490 for a 2017-reg 2.0 TDI Ultra 190 Sport with 75,000 miles. Higher up the diesel range are the 215bhp and 282bhp 3.0-litre V6 TDIs, again paired with quattro four-wheel drive. We couldn’t find a single one of the latter on the used market and very few of the former, prices for which start at £17,000 for a 2017-reg S line with 60,000 miles. Overall, diesel mileages aren’t very high, suggesting most cars have spent their time parked at the railway station.

From launch, standard equipment included xenon headlights, a powered tailgate, three-zone climate control and a 7.0in colour screen. The 2019 facelift was a light-touch affair, the major changes reserved for under the skin. For example, the interior gained Audi’s latest infotainment system while the engine sported 12V mild-hybrid technology.

Despite its hewn-from-rock feel, the A5 isn’t immune to the occasional rattly parcel shelf and buzzing trim, as well as infotainment glitches. However, those gremlins aside, pre- or post-facelift, a used A5 coupé is a handsome and classy companion that’s also not bad value.

The 12.3in Virtual Cockpit was a £450 option from launch but became standard in 2019.

Eight-speed Tiptronic ’box is for the 282bhp 3.0 V6 diesel only.

From 2019, the A5 used Audi’s new badging system. Models are identified by a two-digit number that expresses power output. The 148bhp 2.0 petrols and diesels are badged 35, the 187bhp variants 40, the 249bhp 2.0 petrol 45, and the 282bhp 3.0 diesel 50.

Trims were SE, Sport and S line, then post-2019 facelift, Sport, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung.

There have been several safety recalls, so check they’ve been dealt with.

Audi A5 Coupe 2.0 TDI Ultra 190 Sport: A great blend of performance with economy, and a spec that includes smart alloys, sports seats, LED interior lighting and navigation. Find one with the optional virtual cockpit if you can.

Wild card

Audi A5 Coupe 1.4 TFSI 150 S Line Sport: This 1.4 has lower emissions and better economy than the 2.0 TFSI. It’s a cheaper way into a late-model A5 if you can bear its modest performance.

Ones we found

2017 Audi A5 coupé 2.0 TDI 190 S line, 100,000 miles, £10,975

2018 Audi A5 coupé 2.0 TFSI 190 Sport, 25,000 miles, £15,999

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