2011 Audi A5 Review

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2011 Audi A5 Review

2011 Audi A5 Review

Basic Stats
The 2011 Audi A5 is virtually identical to the 2010 model; however, a few extra options have been added to a couple of packages. Still, there are sure to be many drivers eager to get behind the wheel of the coupe or cabriolet. With an MSRP that averages between $36,500 and $44,000, though, the A5 is well outside the budget of many drivers. You get a lot for that sticker price, however, including a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, an optional 3.2-liter V6 and standard all wheel drive. Throw in the car’s sumptuous design, and its MSRP starts looking pretty economical.
On the Road

The driving impression that you’ll get from the 2011 Audi A5 is going to largely depend on which engine and transmission it has. Great handling is par for the course with all versions of the A5, but the 2.0T version doesn’t pack quite as much punch as the V6; if you have the money for it, be sure to stick with the bigger engine. Also, automatic versions of the A5 tend to produce roughing riding experiences; the manual transmission allows for greater finesse and a smoother ride. The standard all-wheel-drive makes for exceptional traction, though, and the 2.0T’s fuel economy is remarkable.
Under the Hood

Whether you opt for the 2.0T engine or the V6, you’re probably not going to feel like you’re operating a high performance vehicle; this isn’t the fault of either engine, though, but is attributed to the 2011 Audi A5’s heavy weight. The 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine produces 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The optional 3.2-liter V6 – which was once standard – produces 265 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission are both available, and Quattro all-wheel-drive comes standard.
Interior Features

Consistently high materials quality is a hallmark of the Audi A5, and that doesn’t change with the 2011 model. Leather is standard on all trim levels, while two-tone leather/Alcantara is an available option. Automatic climate control is also standard. The A5’s Multi Media Interface system is impressive, but it can also be confusing to those who are uninitiated. In terms of comfort, the front seats are fine; some drivers may find the low seating position to be annoying, though. The backseat is not meant for extended sitting, though, as headroom and legroom are quite limited.
Pros

One of the main advantages associated with the 2011 Audi A5 involves its precision. From its design to its handling, this vehicle is razor-sharp. Speed-sensitive power steering definitely ups the ante and helps mitigate the car’s somewhat rough ride quality. Both engines boast first-rate acceleration, though, which is sure to appeal to those with lead foots. If you stick with the 2.0T engine, you’ll enjoy exceptional fuel economy. Once you are accustomed to it, the A5’s MMI system is one of the best in the industry. All told, the 2011 Audi A5 is a solid choice for anyone looking for luxury, power and technology.
Cons

If the 2011 Audi A5 was a bona fide high-performance vehicle, its cramped backseat would be a given. However, few people would classify this car as “high performance.” That being said, those who regularly need to shuttle passengers around should look at different options due to the limited headroom and legroom. The automatic transmission for the A5 can also be very rough, which is surprising considering this car’s starting MSRP. Anyone who is interested in the 2011 Audi A5 is urged to take an extended test drive in it before signing on the dotted line; its drive style isn’t for everyone.

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