Regardless of the engine, this Audi A5 Coupé in its S-Line Black Edition finish is one of those cars that makes you fall in love or at least attracts glances when you see it go.
Not only because of the spectacular optional metallic olive green color of this unit, but also because this coupé is one of those cars that, in addition to a good dose of sportiness, also provides a plus of elegance and exclusivity.
In this case we are testing the A5 Coupé 40 TFSI Stronic, a balanced model within the range and which allows you to enjoy these characteristics without having to resort to the powerful and also much more expensive range brothers such as the S5 and RS5 Coupé.
This model has the S Line finish plus the Black Edition pack with black details and even sportier options
What is clear is that in general terms it is a premium Coupe concept, of a good size, although approved for four passengers. We are talking about 4.67 meters long, with a width of 1.85 wide and a height contained in 1.37 meters.
Access to its interior can be done through the two generous doors, only two -if you want a four-door you have the Audi RS5 Sportback that we tested at the time- and that give access to both the front and rear seats.
The design of the A5 Coupé has been around for some time, but it continues to offer modern interiors with high-quality finishes.
In front there is no complaint, on the contrary, we will enjoy a more than remarkable habitability, with a good width and space for the legs and some seats -in this case optional sports- of great comfort and lateral support, in addition to a classic dashboard design like on other Audi products.
The multimedia system continues to bet on the more than proven MMI technology with a central 10.1-inch Navigation Plus multifunction screen, which works very satisfactorily, is easy to manage and has the air conditioning controls separated from the system.
The front seats offer very good habitability and seats that, optional or not, ensure great driving comfort.
The standard control panel is 12.3-inch digital, with the possibility of customization by means of a single key on the steering wheel. A steering wheel that can be sports-style with a flat bottom and with paddle shifters for the entire range.
In general, this design, the materials, as well as the standard equipment is of the first order, an equipment, which of course can be optionally improved with a multitude of details ranging from upholstery styles and wall lights, to high-tech elements such as For example, the Bang&Olunfsen 755 W high-definition sound system.
The rear row of seats, in line with the segment, is very compact and with very vertical shapes. They are intended for very occasional use.
The rear seats are, let’s be clear, for testimonial use. Its access is very limited, because, although the wide doors clear the space, the lowering of the front seats does not leave much entry space, something that is further conditioned by the low ceiling.
Once seated we will be boxed in a very straight position, with little space for the legs and something better for the head and of course only for two passengers. Optionally it can be ordered with central armrest.
The trunk is not very high, but it has a good depth and width. It can also be expanded with a remote knockdown system.
Instead, the trunk is more spacious than you might expect. It is true that it has a limited height due to its Coupe shapes, but in the end it offers a wide and deep space. Officially they are 450 liters and with the possibility of lowering the rear seatbacks by means of levers designed for this purpose from the trunk itself.
We have already said it at the beginning, mechanically this version is not the most powerful, and we are no longer talking about the 340 CV S5 or the 450 CV RS5 Coupé, but even in this normal range there is also another alternative with this same 2.0 gasoline engine. , the 45 TFSI with 265 CV.
Along with the 40 TDI version, this 204 hp 40 TFSI gasoline is one of the most balanced engines in the range
Even so, this 40 TFSI with its 204 CV and 320 Nm and a mini hybridization system with a 2 CV electric motor and an independent 12-volt lithium battery, is capable of ensuring not inconsiderable benefits, in addition to the ECO label. on the windshield.
It is an engine capable of moving the whole with surprising dynamism, which, although it is not sporty, we will not miss a good responsiveness at all. It pushes decisively from far below and if necessary stretches fairly elastically with a convincing sound and softness.
In addition to aesthetics, this 40 TFSI ensures quite dynamic behaviour. It is not the sportiest option in the range, but it convinces.
The solvent seven-speed automatic transmission and double clutch S Tronic also contribute to this, as well as the efficiency of its front end, the only drive for this version, capable of managing the delivery of the engine to achieve acceleration figures of 7.1 seconds in 0 to 100 km/h, a more than adequate recovery capacity at medium speeds, as well as a top speed of 240 km.
Adjusted consumption is another of its great arguments. In addition, by having MHEV technology, it guarantees the DGT ECO label.
In terms of behavior, this A5 Coupé is not a sports car to use, but in general it allows very high speeds and not only due to the optimization of the engine and transmissions, but also because it offers us a very balanced frame in terms of dynamic performance and driving comfort.