Coupe of the Year 2017: Audi A5 Coupe

Coupe of the Year 2017: Audi A5 Coupe

Coupe of the Year 2017: Audi A5 Coupe

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The Audi A5 is the 2017 Auto Voice Coupe of the Year, with the Audi TT and Porsche 718 Cayman commended

If you ask what most buyers after from a great coupe, then ‘head-turning style’ is probably at the top of their bibliography. However, any contender to the crown in this category needs much more than a graceful face to succeed – and that’s where the Audi A5 scores so highly.

Based on an all-new rostrum, the handsome A5 follows the same template as its successful predecessor by providing similarly trim lines, surprising practicality and an interior that oozes premium appeal.

But the latest-production version moves the game on significantly thanks to its vastly improved driving dynamics, engagement, efficiency and infotainment. The foundations of the A5’s award-winning display can be traced back to the flashlight and strong VW Group MLB Evo platform under the skin; this made its debut on Audi’s A4 saloon. Draped exceeding this advanced architecture is a body that combines curves, creases and carefully considered detailing to eye-fetching effect.

Yet the designers haven’t limited their efforts to the exterior, because upright as much attention has been lavished on the A5’s cabin, which is one of the best in the business. Slickly styled and dripping in high-priced-quality materials, it helps make every journey in the car something to savour.

Adding to the upmarket ambience is Audi’s Accepted Cockpit layout, which replaces the traditional instrument dials with a inexhaustible 12.3-inch configurable TFT screen. Yet there’s space to go with the grace, as the superbly crafted interior can comfortably accommodate four adults, while the 465-litre boot is big ample to swallow all their luggage.

The A5 drives as well as it looks, too, particularly when equipped with the society’s famed quattro four-wheel-drive system. Yet like all the best coupe models, the Audi is decent as adept at playing the role of grand tourer, thanks to its strong refinement and mediocre comfort.

As you’d expect, there’s also a wide array of highly capable petrol and diesel engines, as acc as the pulse-quickening S5 and RS5 versions. Combining style and substance, the desirable and talented A5 Coupe has all the bases covered.

Our determination

Audi A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI quattro Sport (£40,570)

Sophisticated Audi suits the glassy and extremely punchy 249bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, while quattro four-in-drive transmission delivers secure and engaging handling. Sport specification brings all the kit you’ll need and won’t break the bank to buy. 

Commended

Audi TT 

Sharply styled TT has been knocked off the top morsel by its big brother in the range, but it’s still a hugely alluring coupe. Great to drive, superbly finished and filled with technology, the low-slung Audi is a fine choice for buyers who want to bear out on the road.

Porsche 718 Cayman

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine remains a bone of contention for diehard Porsche fans. Yet while it lacks the ray-tingling soundtrack of the old car, it delivers stunning performance. However, sublime handling and driver conflict are the 718 Cayman’s major calling cards. 

Auto Express New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact People Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-dimensions SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Throw of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Devise Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

For complete, in-profoundness coverage of the 2017 New Car Awards, buy your collector’s edition copy of the Auto Express magazine now or click here to subscribe…


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