Audi A5 still isn’t planning on changing generations, but even this trend will come to an end soon. Before that happens, however, 2016 Audi A5 carries over as sleek and elegant as always. 2-door coupe and convertible alike are surprisingly spacious for their size; especially the former. Thanks to that, fitting four adults inside one shouldn’t pose a problem.
Under The Hood
Even though European and other overseas models include a number of different powertrains, plus a sportback body type, A5’s in America only come with 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder with either 6-speed manual transmission or 8-speed automatic one. However, if cabrio version is what you’re looking for, forget about the former option. You can also forget about the two-wheel drive as all A5 models, regardless of body type and transmission, come in Quattro all-wheel drive form.
Both cars are comfortable road handlers, and even offer their users the chance to change suspension, throttle and steering programming thanks to optional Drive Select system.
A5 2016 Redesign – Updates
Both coupe and convertible are neat, compact and stylish cars with lots of pizzazz shared between them. Actually, 2016 Audi A5 doesn’t offer anything new or groundbreaking in terms of coupe design. It just follows the cemented guidelines and results are instantly visible. Front end gets the large trapezoidal grille with four circles upon it, while headlamps and foglight inserts share some of the styling between them. Midsection is straight and flat, while the rear end offers angular and sharp tail-lights. Apart from the roof (which can be raised in convertibles as well), these two cars don’t offer any real differences.
Interior still follows the old design language which isn’t that bad, but judging by Q7’s new styling – definitely could have been more interesting. Dashboard still offers driver-oriented instrument panel which is integrated with the gauge cluster. That’s where large display screen is positioned. That same display can come with HD radio, DVD player, MMI navigation and Audi Connect system for additional $2,100. Materials include a great number of leather seating surfaces and traditional trio of inlay options which include aluminum, walnut and ash wood.
Front seat heaters also have to be ordered separately with entry-level models and they cost $500, but rear heaters and front coolers are optional even with top Premium Plus grade. Speaking of seats, while coupe offers plenty of room across both rows, cabriolet might be a little bit cramped at the back as reclining roofline takes some of the space for itself. Rest of the available features in 2016 Audi A5 include Bluetooth, SD card slot with 32 GB of capacity, three 12-volt power outlets, three-zone automatic climate control and more.
While coupes and convertibles don’t usually offer a lot of safety systems, 2016 Audi A5 aims to do as much as it can. Apart from mandatory equipment which includes an airbag system, stability control and anti-lock brakes, coupe comes with a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, lane departure warning, adaptive headlamps and adaptive cruise control. It has to be noted though, that convertible doesn’t offer side curtain airbags due to its topless construction design.
2016 Audi A5 Price and MPG
Best figures when it comes to 2016 Audi A5 and its respective fuel efficiency can be seen in coupe with the manual gearbox. That way A5 is rated at 24/32 mpg, while automatic lowers the figures to 22/31 mpg. Ultimately, convertibles return 21/29 mpg with their automatic gearbox. Prices start at $40,500 for Premium coupe and go all the way towards $50,200 for Premium Plus convertibles. At the same time, Premium Plus coupe costs $42,800, while entry-level cabrio starts from $47,900.
2016 Audi A5 doesn’t offer any major changes for a few years now, and it doesn’t really have the need to. It’s still stylish and handsome from the outside, and well executed on the inside. Furthermore, coupes are quite spacious for their size, but convertibles aren’t that versatile. However, rarely any convertible is.