Used Audi A5 Review (2017-present) MK2

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

4-minute read

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Audi A5 (2017-present)

The Audi A5 means serious business and offers everything a brilliant used executive car should

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What's the Audi A5 like?

The latest Audi A5 has been available now for six years, and there was a facelift in 2020 to freshen it up.

It’s one of the most beautiful production cars in the world, with flowing lines that belie its more humble A4 underpinnings.

The original 3-door coupé was joined by a delightful 2-door convertible that's one of my wish list cars.

And later still, a 5-door coupé called the Sportback was added to give another dimension to the range for those who want easier access to the rear seats.

Here, I’ll concentrate on the 3-door, but most of the details hold true for the other two models.


  • Typical Audi build quality
  • Range of powertrains to choose from
  • Plenty of equipment
  • Expensive price tag
  • Fruitier powertrains are thirsty
  • Examples with sports suspension are less comfy
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From 2016 there have been four petrol engines and two diesels, with a very wide and bewildering range of power outputs.

The majority of the major models will come with an excellent automatic gearbox. Manuals were available in a few, but are very rare.

Likewise, some will have Quattro four-wheel drive as standard or an option, and excellent though it is, it will cost in terms of economy.

Petrol and diesel engines are all turbos as you might expect, and the petrols start with a 1.4-litre that has 150bhp, This covers the 0 to 60mph sprint in 8.4 seconds and is rated at 52mpg.

Then comes a 2.0-litre TFSI unit with either 204bhp or 265bhp. These reach 60mph in 6.9 seconds and 5.3 seconds respectively, and can do 50mpg and 42mpg.

Next comes a 3.0-litre V6 turbo with 354bhp in the S5, and this storms to 60mph in a supercar 4.5 seconds while managing a very best of 36mpg.

Finally, the fire breathing RS 5 has a 2.9-litre V6 producing no less than 450bhp and this reaches 60mph in an amazing 3.8 seconds with 29mpg economy.

Diesels start with a 2.0-litre TDI that has 163bhp and while reaching 60mph in 7.9 seconds, it can also achieve an excellent 68mpg with a light foot on the loud pedal.

Next comes a 204bhp version of the same unit, with a sprint time of 6.7 seconds and capable of 60mpg.

There are also three, 3.0-litre V6 diesels. The first two have 218 and 286bhp, which gets them to 60mph in 6.0 seconds and 5.0 seconds respectively. They're capable of 60mpg and 51mpg.

And finally comes a 341bhp version for the S5 model only, which storms to 60mph in 4.5 seconds and yet can still achieve 46mpg.

Driving Experience

All the standard cars come with a very good ride over most surfaces, but some models have lowered and stiffened sports suspension, and as with so many cars, it spoils the quality of the ride.

If you, like me, would rather be comfortable – without giving anything away to the sports suspension cars in terms of handling or roadholding, avoid them.

All the engines have stop/start and are immensely smooth and quiet.

The A5 is well-balanced and grippy in the corners, with good roll control and precise and well-weighted steering giving decent feedback.
Peter Hayward

Pressing on, it clings to the road surface like glue on dry roads, and of course, the Quattro system gives excellent traction in all weathers.

Practicality and Equipment

All Audi models are beautifully built both inside and out with quality materials and top-notch fit and finish.

Inside, there are only four seats, and if you regularly carry people in the rear, think hard about buying a three door – it’s rarely easy or elegant to get into them.

Basic spec in all models includes traction control, alarm, heated mirrors, alloys, climate control, parking sensors, folding rear seats, and loads of airbags.

Mid-range S-line adds audio remote control, cruise, part leather heated sports seats and sat nav.

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The Audi A5 is one of the most popular cars within the executive car class, and it's easy to see why. With plenty of equipment, a top build quality, and a decent level of practicality, it's a match for a variety of lifestyles and proves to be a top used car buy.