BOASTING powerful good looks, the two-door Audi A5 Coupe delivers all the performance to match its dynamic styling and it even carries a surprisingly decent price-tag too.
The A5 Coupe is very much based on the A5 saloon, but it features two doors instead of four, along with more muscular design cues. It certainly has plenty of road presence measuring 4.7 metres in length and stretching more than two metres across.
But with its low stance, the dynamism of the car's styling cannot be missed. There are sweeping light clusters, striking 18-inch alloy wheels, twin tailpipes, a sunroof and sporty bumpers to complete the look.
Move inside and the cabin oozes quality with fine leather upholstery, ambient lighting, soft-touch surfaces and plenty of tech to explore.
Creature comforts includea 12.3-inch colour digital instrument clusterbehind the steering wheelthatshows all the vital driving data andcan be personalised to taste.
But the main focal point is a10.1-inch high-resolution infotainment touchscreen from which there is access to the likes of the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, navigation and Bang & Olufsen sound system, which was part of the Comfort and Sound Pack that added £1,395 to the cost.
Speaking of cost, the entry-level Audi A5 Coupe Sport that we tried, was priced at £38,080 although a few optional extras saw the final price rise to £42,830. And that is competitively priced for a premium manufacturer these days.
The car was powered by an efficient 2.0-litre petrol engine delivering 150ps and 270Nm of torque. It could reach from 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds, topped out at 130mph and could deliver a combined 45.6mpg with carbon emissions of 141g/km under WLTP testing.
The performance is not blisteringly quick, but if speed is your thing, there are more powerful engines to choose from or the mighty S5 and RS5 models that would certainly deliver the goods.
However our car was no slouch either and cruised with ease eating up motorway miles and also delivered the goods when faced with twisting country lanes where the road holding was excellent and its balance also impressed through tight bends.
The car felt really composed without being dull and there are drive modes called Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual that change the reactions of the vehicle. The eight-speed S tronic automatic gearbox is perfectly timed, but you can take control of the gear changes via steering wheel paddles too.
Special mention goes to the well-weighted steering and nicely refined handling of this car. It was riding on 18-inch wheels which perfectly suited it. Go larger and the ride would get more fidgety and there would be extra road rumble noise to contend with.
Comfort levels within the A5 Coupe are good up front with bags of space to stretch out. There are two seats in the back, but any passengers would have to clamber over the folded front seats to get in or out. And if the front seats are pushed well back, rear leg space is limited too.
The boot can swallow 450 litres of luggage and, inside the cabin, there is a lockable glovebox, a central cubby box, cup holders, a wireless charging pad beneath the front armrest, narrow door bins and a deep tray.
Even the entry-level A5 Coupe, as tested, comes with a generous array of safety kit and driver aids, including Pre-sense city that detects vehicles and pedestrians in front of the car. If a collision is likely, the driver is warned and, if the warnings are ignored, the car will automatically brake at speeds of up to 52mph. This is just one of the many safety systems featured as standard.
All in all, the Audi A5 Coupe is a beautifully styled two-door model that is packed with technology and certainly ticks all the right boxes when it comes to handling.
£38,080, plus £4,745 extras
150ps, 1,984cc, 4-cylinder, petrol-driven engine with 7-speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive