WITH its muscular and athletic design that is aptly matched by its performance capabilities, the latest Audi A5 Coupe in Vorsprung trim is guaranteed to put a smile on any driving enthusiast's face.
Viewed from any angle, this two-door model certainly has the wow factor and it oozes class thanks to its dynamic front end with chunky grille and sweeping light clusters. There is privacy glass, twin tail pipes, smart alloy wheels and the Audi rings on the rear skirts as a not-so-gentle reminder to the car's ability.
Move inside and the A5 Coupe is packed with all the latest techno treats and there is a real sporty theme to the design. The fine Nappa leather sports seats are embossed with the letter ‘S' as is the flat-bottomed steering wheel.
A sunroof lets light flood into the cabin and the controls, dials and readouts are ideally positioned for ease of use. On-board technology is plentiful with the likes of three-zone climate control, powered front seats, a Bang and Olufsen sound system, a wireless charger, heated seats and plenty more besides.
The many features such as sat nav and smartphone access are easily controlled via a rotary dial with short-cut keys to various systems and a smart infotainment screen.
Our car was priced at £50,285 although a few optional extras saw the final cost creep up to £51,885. It was powered by a 2.0-litre, 190ps petrol engine delivering 320Nm of torque and this was mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which helped the car power from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 150mph, while delivering a combined 39.2mpg (WLTP) and carbon emissions of 137g/km.
But it's the manner in which the A5 Coupe handles that is the big news here. It powers effortlessly through the automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles for extra driver control. The acceleration is constant and the grip is ultra-assured. It's a car that eats up the motorway miles with ease then loves to show its true credentials when unleashed on the quieter country lanes with sharp reactions and superb steering feedback.
There are drive modes called Efficiency, Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and individual that alter the way the car reacts with Dynamic proving the most fun.
You can expect to feel the occasional bump or two as the car is quite low to the ground, but generally the suspension system does a very good job of ironing out the rougher surfaces along the way.
Being an Audi, there are some clever touches. For example, when you first take your seat, the seatbelt is presented over the shoulder to save you reaching back to find it. The virtual cockpit is also worth mentioning as it can be personalised according to taste. A Park Assist system will make you look a complete expert when squeezing into a tight parking space and the really chunky gear lever is another neat feature. It is class through and through.
Back seat space is somewhat limited although the front seats are simply folded forward for ease of access. Storage options are also quite restricted. There is a decent sized glovebox, a couple of cup holders and really narrow door pockets that are not very practical at all. On the plus side, the deep boot can accommodate 465 litres of kit.