2018 Audi A5 Leasing Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey
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starting at just $ 399 /mo.
Audi's 2017 A5 lineup consists of coupe and Cabriolet versions, as well as high-performance S5 and RS 5 variants of both, and it uses many components shared with the Audi A4 sedans. The S5 and RS 5 are covered in a separate entry.
The A5 lineup includes some of the best looking and most practical two-door cars built so far in the 21st century. While its form and design cues are often imitated, it's easy to understand why.
Elegant and striking, the two-door A5 bears the stamp of Audi's recent vintage of cars, with careful attention to surfaces and a bare minimum of detail. It's equally handsome as a coupe or convertible, no mean feat, though the Cabriolet's dash of decadence is undeniably a star turn. It only lapses at the front end, where the deep, open-jawed grille seems too large and abstract, especially this year, since designers have slimmed down the headlamps and subdued the frame of the grille. The cabin strikes a coordinating chord, with soothing shapes and a high level of fit and finish, and new choices of trim ranging from carbon to stainless steel to good old-fashioned wood.
Both the A5 coupe and Cabriolet are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that now delivers 220 horsepower. All A5 models now include standard quattro all-wheel drive. The Cabriolet taps out of any performance intent in its most basic form, where it's fitted by default with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Coupes offer a choice of a six-speed manual or the eight-speed automatic, either of which makes the most of the four's ample powerband. The A5's handling and ride are dialed to comfort, though the optional Drive Select system allows owners to change steering, throttle, suspension, and transmission programming for a more responsive feel; Drive Select can be paired with variable-ratio Dynamic Steering as well. We'd pass on both, and opt instead for the sport suspension offered on coupe models for its predictable, slightly firm road feel.
The A5 is a car for a couple and their luggage to travel in, though one or two additional riders can fit in the rear. It's close-coupled but not cruel. The cabin is well laid out as well as finely built, and the controls are lighter than those of other German coupes. Leg and shoulder room are generous, and the seats are well-padded and bolstered. The rear seats, on the other hand, are too short in the legs for adults. From the driver's seat, visibility rearward is on the poor side due to the chunky C-pillars that look so good on the outside (the Cabriolet avoids this criticism with the top down). Interior storage space is generally good, with a locking glove box and console, one-liter bottle holders in the doors, and a larger-than-average trunk with fold-flat rear seats.