Strik­ing siz­zler

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetimeextra -

The Audi A5 Coupe is a real looker and it can also de­liver the goods on the road.

It has a hand­some mus­cu­lar stance and looks great from any an­gle as it draws ad­mir­ing looks from other mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans.

Huge al­loys, twin ex­hausts, LED head­lights and pri­vacy glass com­bine to en­hance its sport­ing cre­den­tials and give the car a pre­mium look.

At £40,410 this 2.0-litre TFSI quat­tro ver­sion the Coupe is not cheap, es­pe­cially when the test car was fit­ted with some de­sir­able op­tions that took the to­tal price to £48,365.

The car was pow­ered by the silky smooth petrol en­gine mated to a fine seven-speed dual clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The power is de­liv­ered ef­fort­lessly and the car reached 62mph in just 5.8 sec­onds and has a top speed of 155mph.

Claimed com­bined fuel con­sump­tion is 45.6mph but I did not get any­where close to that as I was en­joy­ing my­self too much be­hind the wheel. Emis­sions are rated at 144g/km.

As you would ex­pect from a Coupe quat­tro the grip is su­perb and the han­dling sharp and ag­ile. Even the re­cent heavy rain was no prob­lem for the all-wheeldrive sys­tem and the steer­ing was al­ways ac­cu­rate with good feed­back.

Audi’s Drive Select fea­ture al­lows you to choose from four dif­fer­ent driv­ing modes - Ef­fi­ciency, Com­fort, Auto or In­di­vid­ual - and pad­dle shifts al­low you to take more con­trol if you get bored in au­to­matic drive.

The ride is as good as in many lux­ury sa­loons, de­spite the huge al­loys and all-round vis­i­bil­ity is sur­pris­ingly fine. Park­ing sen­sors and a re­vers­ing cam­era as­sist you in ur­ban sit­u­a­tions.

There is room for four in­side the su­perb cabin and the two very large doors help make it fairly easy to clam­ber into the back.

Once in­side you get to en­joy the qual­ity that Audi al­ways de­liv­ers in its in­te­ri­ors and the Coupe boasts all the com­pany’s techno treats in­clud­ing the lat­est in­fo­tain­ment and con­nec­tiv­ity fea­tures.

The car even hands you the seat belt and af­ter you strap in you can en­joy the heated elec­tri­cally ad­justable seats and mir­rors, the su­perb Bang and Olufsen sound sys­tem, a high res­o­lu­tion colour in­fo­tain­ment screen and Audi’s vir­tual cock­pit screen dis­play as well as the mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel.

Most of the Audi’s com­pe­ti­tion comes from ri­val Ger­man man­u­fac­tur­ers but it is cer­tainly the best fin­ished car in its sec­tor and sim­ply oozes qual­ity. As usual take care when you tick the op­tions boxes or you will end up with a very large bill.

FAST FACTS

Audi A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI quat­tro S tronic Price: £40,410 Me­chan­i­cal: 252ps, 1,984cc, 4cyl petrol en­gine driv­ing four wheels via 7-speed au­to­matic gear­box Max­peed: 155mph 0-62mph: 5.8 sec­onds Com­bined mpg: 45.6 In­sur­ance group: 39 CO2 emis­sions: 144g/km War­ranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

Shape of things to come The new Audi A5 Coupe is a real head-turner

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