- Audi A5 3.2 V6
- Premium Plus/Navigation package
- 18” Alloy Wheels
To be blunt, the Audi A5 is one beautiful piece of sheet metal.
First time seeing it was in my rear view mirror with those very distinct DRLs, gave it such a mean appearance, like get out of my way type of presence. I knew at one point in my life I had to have it.
Fast forward 3 years and here I am the owner of a 2009 A5 w/ the 3.2L V6 w/ Premium Plus/Navigation package, non S-Line. I had the option to choose the 2.0T, but after test driving both the V6 in my mind just felt so smooth. Plus the maintenance has been relatively light, change the oil and the spark plugs/accessory belt after so many miles and that is it, it is a great engine for this car.
On to the A5, plain and simple this car is amazing to look at. It has a mean and muscular look but at the same time a graceful and simplistic body. The lines all flow together, starting at the front end, wraps around and up over the hood, and the side body lines how they start at the headlight, curve down the side, wraps down and over to the semi-spoiler, then back to the other side. It is very simple yet remarkable to look at. Easily, easily without a doubt one of the best looking car on the road today. The wide stance is equally remarkable, looking at the car from any angle you know it was designed very carefully and thought out. I love it!
The interior for this class of car is very nice. I had a 2005 A4 prior, and I was amazed from the quality of the materials in that car, the A5 takes it one step further. It’s not overly done either, no excessive wood or brushed aluminum trim all over the cabin, no fancy bells and whistles either, just a LCD screen, A/C and radio controls, and the MMI in the center dash if you have the Navigation package. It is simple yet effective…and the materials, very nice. Yes there are a few places where plastic reside but other than that it’s soft touch, top grade materials. What is nice is that all of the instruments and controls are directly driver oriented, while other cars seem to have a flat appearance, the A5 dash is curved more towards the driver, stating I’m in command. Interior quality, very good!
MMI…first time ever using this system, and for what it’s worth it gets the job done. I’m not picky, I normally either have my LCD at the music or navigation screen, but operation for everything else is an ease. My only quirk is the knob, rotating right goes up and left goes down, and I still sometimes get confused but that is just nitpicking. I have no overall complaints about the MMI interface.
The way the car drives…to be quiet honest, the V6 is tomb quiet, unless you have an aftermarket exhaust you will not hear it. There is slight wind noise when traveling any faster than 80mph, but even then it’s not worth making it a buying factor. The ride on the OEM 18″ wheels with 245/45 profile tires is quite nice, bumps and minor road unevenness is only felt of the extreme conditions, but plush ride, almost too plush, however it really depends on what tires you have at that point. Overall I have no complaints, I drove from TX to Las Vegas twice and the car perform admirably, perfect two door cruiser.
Some other misc items, the trunk space, more than enough for typical grocery run or golf clubs, seats are 60/40 split. Braking on the A5 is very good, only thing I can compare it to is the A4, and it stops on a dime if you need it to. Gas mileage, I’m averaging about 18/28, for a V6 in my opinion not bad.
Now I made the A5 out to be like the perfect two door coupe, but it does have it’s down falls. One being the attention…this car was released in 2008 and still till this day it gets looks and looks, you are not going to pull in a parking lot or neighborhood without someone turning their head. People on the highway will speed up just to catch up to you so they can get a glimpse of it up close in motion. If you don’t like the attention you will not like this car, lol. Also, they are rare…depending on your location you will not find an A5 on every street intersection, highway or parking lot…I maybe, just maybe see 1 or 2 within a week, compared to a 3-series or Mercedes C-Class I see all the time, every day. Being rare just makes it that more nice, having that exclusive factor. Another thing, the 265HP/243 lbs-tq won’t win races, but this car isn’t a race car, it’s a grand touring car, the S5 is where you want to start if you’re looking to compete/track, but the V6 isn’t a slouch either. I can get on highways, pass slower cars with ease, just enough to not feel slow.
Like I said the A5 is a beautiful car, plain and simple, I initially wanted it base on looks alone, but the V6 performs and matches the appearance quite nicely. I highly recommend it!!