The 2021 Audi A5 is a more comfortable alternative to a traditional sports car. Drivers enjoy its plush seats and quiet ride. A great infotainment system makes this model even more appealing. Here are a few key facts about the recently updated A5.
What’s New for 2021?
This year, a new mild-hybrid system boosts the A5’s power. A few more features also come standard, including wireless Apple CarPlay and lane departure alert.
What Styles Does It Come In?
Audi offers the A5 as either a two-door hardtop or convertible. Audi’s famed Quattro AWD system is featured on every trim.
What Are the Available Trims?
The 2021 Audi A5 is available in three main trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Many drivers find the base Premium trim to be a satisfying choice. It features a 10.1-inch touch display and a leather-appointed interior. Buyers who choose the coupe body style will also receive a panoramic sunroof. Meanwhile, neck warmers are offered on the convertible.
In the middle of the lineup sits the A5 Premium Plus. Unlike the base model, it comes equipped with Audi’s upgraded Matrix-design LED headlights. Drivers will also enjoy the fully digital Virtual Cockpit Gauge cluster, which can show 3D road maps while you drive. Other features found on the Premium Plus trim include a heated steering wheel and a top-view camera.
Atop the trim ladder is the A5 Prestige. The sound quality of its Bang & Olufsen 3D audio system is outstanding. A head-up display, navigation, and heated rear seats are also found on the Prestige trim.
The A5’s Exterior Styling
While the 2021 Audi A5 may not look extremely aggressive, it still attracts attention on the street. Most people describe the A5 as being sleek and elegant. The car’s standard S line appearance package adds another level of sportiness, which features attractive 18-inch alloy wheels. Animation for headlights and taillights is featured on the top Prestige trim.
Drivers seeking a bolder look will be interested in the optional Black Optics package. It adds larger 19-inch wheels and black exterior accents. A black-painted roof, which gives the coupe a contrasting appearance, is also offered.
Audi’s well-designed MMI infotainment system consistently ranks as one of the best on the market. It’s fast, easy to read, and loaded with the latest smartphone integration features. With the arrival of wireless Apple CarPlay, iPhone users no longer need to plug in a cord. Although Audi’s Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster doesn’t come standard, it’s a favorite among many drivers. They love the high-resolution screen’s various customizations.
For 2021, Audi has engineered the A5 with a new mild-hybrid system. It enables the car’s turbo four-cylinder engine to develop an extra 13 horsepower. Production increases to 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Expect the A5 to record an even quicker 0-60 mph time than before. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission optimizes power delivery.
Although a sports-tuned suspension is offered, the standard A5 handles well enough on curvy roads. Audi’s full-time Quattro AWD system ensures there’s always plenty of grip. This car stays ready to face the changing road conditions.
Drivers can expect the 2021 Audi A5 to return 23 mpg town/31 mpg freeway. Premium gasoline is a requirement.
Quality and Comfort
The 2021 Audi A5 is an extremely relaxing car to drive. Available 12-way power seats help motorists to obtain a perfect driving position. There’s also no overlooking the cabin’s luxurious atmosphere. Interior materials are top of the line.
While the A5 does feature a rear seat, it’s on the small side. Some backseat passengers will not have a desirable amount of legroom. The A5 also provides below-average trunk space. This is especially true for the convertible version.
When evaluated by the NHTSA, the Audi A5 managed to earn five out of five stars in overall safety. Audi also offers the A5 with some helpful awareness features. Audi Pre Sense monitors the road for potential hazards. If the driver fails to take action when warned of imminent danger, it can apply pressure to the brakes. In the event of a crash, the car automatically tightens the seatbelts and closes the windows for greater protection. Lane-keep assist is also now standard.
All the higher trim levels come equipped with LED Matrix-design headlamps. They provide a great view of the road at night.
When shopping for a two-door luxury coupe, be sure to take the new 2021 Audi A5 for a spin. Its quick performance and fine interior promise to impress.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Audi A5 MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.