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Top 10 Features to Expect from the 2018 Audi A5

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It’s not even 2017 yet, but Audi is already preparing for 2018 with its latest A5 slated for release next year. The A5 is the 2-door sibling of the A4, but aside from the number of doors it features the genes that define both cars are very similar. If you’re looking for a coupe, then here are some features you may expect from the Audi next year.

1.       It strives for a sportier look. Did it succeed? Audi started with the shape of the outgoing model and then proceeded to really amplify the various contours to almost a parody of itself. Reactions from the auto community are mixed, with a lot of people somewhat underwhelmed with the results while others stood transfixed in horror. Whether it’s too boring or too brash, the consensus seems to be that the new look isn’t exactly an improvement.

2.      The engine will be familiar. In the US it will come with the very same engine that you’ll find in the latest A4. So you’ll get a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylidner engine, with 252 HP at 6,000 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at just 1600 rpm. That’s an improvement over the former A5 engine, which offered just 220 HP. In Europe, however, you can get a diesel engine instead or even a gasoline engine with less power.

3.      The transmission offers 7 forward speeds. This 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission does seem familiar if you’re already driving a new Volkswagen. The difference is when you put the pedal to the metal. It will just take a gear and go faster than you’d expect. Surprisingly, it offers a dual-clutch gearbox but the S5 which is marketed as the sportier model still depends on a conventional 8-speed automatic.

4.      Fun on the road? This new coupe has the ability to turn around corners with remarkable agility, yet somehow it conveys an apparent reluctance to do so. Perhaps that’s because the engine isn’t quite as boisterous as you’d expect, even when you make your turn and the open road in front of you tempts you to floor the gas pedal. The A5 somehow feels more mature rather than playful. The chassis gives you a good idea of what’s happening with the wheels, even if the steering wheel seems to be too light and numb. When it’s time to put on the brakes, the modulation is firm enough to give just the right amount of control as you slow down.

5.      The crammed dashboard. Like other recent Audi offerings, the A5 dashboard seems like it’s been crammed with every electronic display known to man. It even has the TFT screen in the instrument panel directly in front of you when you drive this thing. Some may appreciate how Audi designers have managed to fit everything here in front. But then again, was there really a need to do that? Many of us don’t mind if the navigational screen and the heads-up display were located even just a little to the right.

6.      What else is inside? Sit in front and you’ll find yourself comfortably cocooned in the front seats. Visibility is good, and it’s gratifying to confirm that at least this aspect hasn’t been sacrificed simply for the sake of styling. You can see out quite easily enough, and that’s always a good thing for any driver.

7.      Backseat boo-boo. Instead, Audi gave up any practical usability for the backseat. Accessibility is of course limited since it’s a 2-door. But the overall design also necessitated a reduction of the headroom at the back. So you won’t want any 6-footer friend to spend any significant amount of time sitting at the back, unless they’re not actually your friend in the first place. It’s only good for seating children, which leads to an interesting question of whether an Audi coupe is a practical vehicle for a family man.

8.     Practical cargo space. Of course, if you actually are a family man and your wife raises a skeptical eyebrow to your suggestion to get this, you can always point to the spacious cargo space as a legitimate practical benefit. When you fold the backseat at the rear, you end up with a roomy cargo space that measures up to 16 cubic feet. That’s ample space for groceries, school supplies, and your golf clubs. Your kid can always sit in front when you take them to school.

9.      Good fuel economy. Another reason to get this is that it gets 25 miles to the gallon when you’re driving in the city. Out on the highway, you even reach 32 mpg.

10.  It’s fast. What you don’t emphasize, however, is that this is still an Audi and there’s really no such thing as a slow Audi (although for some the 2016 Audi A3 TDI may be the exception to the rule). With this A5 you can reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and a quarter-mile can be completed in just 13.9 seconds. With a top speed of 130 mph, you can hardly consider this a slowpoke!

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