Audi A5 3.2 quattro s-line

1 Nov 2009 | 2,490 views | One Comment
THE AUTO PAGE MODEL: Audi A5 3.2 quattro s-line ENGINE: 3.2-liter V6 HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 265 horsepower @ 6500 rpm/243 lb.-ft. @ 3250-5000 rpm TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual WHEELBASE: 108.3 in. LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 182.1 x 73.0 x 54.0 in. TIRES: P255/35ZR19 CARGO VOLUME: 12.0 cubic feet FUEL ECONOMY: 16 mpg city/27 mpg highway/20.6 mpg test FUEL CAPACITY: 16.9 gal. STICKER: $54,715 (includes$825 destination charge and $12,350 in options BOTTOM LINE: The A5 is a slick coupe with all the Audi attributes; power, handling, technology and Quattro all-wheel drive. It's only drawback is the lack of rear seat legroom, a problem it shares with most coupes. Having an Audi appear in your driveway is always a thrill. Like BMWs and Mercedes, Audi style is classically German, with its own Audi spin. The unique aspect of the A5 is one it shares with the A4 – “smiling” daytime running lights. These smallish LED lights are arrayed in an s-shaped curve that makes the A5 loom as if it’s smiling going down the road. The A5 has an excellent profile. Sitting on my patio, I couldn’t help but admire the car’s lines. It has the dynamic Audi grille in front, framed by those smiling lights. Coupes offer designers the opportunity to stretch their talents, and Audi’s designers must have had fun. It’s the driver who’s smiling, however. The A5 offers exhilarating performance from its 3.2-liter V6 engine and 6-speed manual transmission. For once, my shifts weren’t heavy-handed and I drove the A5 as if I really knew how to drive it. On my hillclimb test route, the A5 tore up the hill and I had a ball shifting20it. I did so well, I didn’t scare my wife. Additionally, the front seats offer excellent side support, so you’re not sliding all over no matter how hard you corner. Maybe that’s why my wife didn’t complain. The rear seats are comfortable, even if they do offer minimal knee and leg room. Both front and rear passengers benefit from the A5’s full-length sunroof. In a coupe especially, rear seat passengers can feel closed in, and the sunroof does tend to alleviate this feeling. It’s also mesh-covered, so there’s little wind turbulence inside the car, even when the sunroof is fully open. The A5 has a unique dual pushbutton start. It works like a “normal” PBS in that you only have to have the key fob on your person, push the start/stop button, and the A5 comes to life. Or, yo u can use it the way I did at the start and put the key in the slot in the dash and push the button. The two don’t work together, but you get the hang of it after a few tries. A feature I liked was a safety one. If you don’t have your seatbelt fastened, you can’t release the “pushbutton” parking brake. I thought this was an excellent safety feature. Another safety feature I liked was the blind spot detector on the side. As with the competition’s versions, there’s a camera located on the side to detect anything that might be there, in case you’re thinking of turning into that lane. It’s not as bothersome as with some cars, but once you learn where to look for the warning light it’s comforting to know it’s there. Audi’s version of the magic kno b that controls everything (we called it Barack) is its MMI (for Multi Media Interface) and, like most others, it’s a knob on the console. This controls audio, the navigation system and the telephone. It’s relatively simple and intuitive. These MMIs have come a long way since BMW’s introduction in the 7-Series a few years back, but give BMW credit for breaking the ice. The A5 has a nice instrument panel with white-on-black dials and red pointers. Coupes present a challenge on Tuesdays, my regular golfing day. The trunk is a decent capacity at 12.0 cubic feet, but the opening is small. The opening is three feet wide, though, which can accommodate a gold bag, even if it does take some maneuvering. The A5 is a hell of a car. It’ s beautiful, fun to drive, and technologically interesting. The sticker is high, but options included the s-line sport package ($2,500), the navigation system ($2,300), the technology package ($2,300) and the premium package ($1,800). © 2009 The Auto Page Syndicate

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