2021 Audi A5 Performance, Price, Redesign – The 2021 Audi A5 takes all that is good about the A4 sedan and adds a bit more flair, with a model range that includes the sporty Coupe, open-air Cabriolet and fun but functional 5-door Sportback, as well as S5 performance versions of all three. Like German rivals the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.
2021 Audi A5 Coupe and Cabriolet are really just 2-person affairs, with a tiny rear seat and modest trunk that says to friends and relatives, “Why don’t you just meet us there.”
Those who don’t mind the company will find the 5-door Sportback more to their liking. Regardless of the model, every 2021 Audi A5 comes filled with luxury and technology juxtaposed with a nice balance of performance and ride comfort.
2021 Audi A5 Feature
For 2021, the Audi A5 and S5 line add more trims, features and wheel options. A Black optic plus package is offered on the Coupe and Sportback, while an updated Convenience package adds Audi side-assist and presense technologies rear. The manual transmission has been dropped from the lineup.
2021 Audi A5 Exterior and Interior
2021 Audi A5 has more conservative lines compared to the more rounded and/or flowing shapes of rivals like the Lexus RC, Infinity Q 60, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Restrained as it may be, 2021 Audi A5 is elegant, with one of its biggest splashes being up front with a large trapezoidal grille.
Unlike a BMW 4 Series (and like the new Mercedes C-Class convertible), 2021 Audi A5 convertible has a fabric roof instead of a folding hardtop. 2021 Audi A5 Sportback is essentially a smaller version of the captivating A7, blending a 4-door-coupe silhouette with an upward-rising power liftgate that hides a good-sized rear cargo bay.
2021 Audi A5 continue the company’s anthem of sleek, angular lines with only enough buttons and knobs to justify their existence. We love the feel of quality. 2021 Audi A5 front seats are well supported and grant an excellent driving position.
The pair of rear seats in coupe and convertible models are small and cumbersome to enter and exit for the less-than-agile. The rear seats do fold, and combined with the large trunk open up commendable cargo space. 2021 AUDI A5 Sportback has rear doors and a 3-across bench like a sedan, and 35 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded.
2021 Audi A5 Engine
The 2021 Audi A5 are more than just beautiful designs. They hold a special skill set combining advanced luxury features, a team of powerful engines and standard Quattro all-wheel drive that helps them ride and drive like no other cars in this class.
With a zero-to-60-mph run taking just 5.6 seconds, the 2021 Audi A5 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is more than capable, but for those seeking even more punch, the S5’s 349-horsepower V6 knocks that time down to a scant 4.5 seconds.
Audi’s adjustable drive-mode system allows the driver to vary the degree of urgency in the steering and throttle response and includes an Auto mode that lets the car’s computer brain make all the hard decisions. With the turbo-4, we did experience a moment of turbo lag after hitting the accelerator hard, but it’s not annoyingly late.
2021 AUDI A5 quickly gets itself up to speed. The 7-speed dual-clutch automatic is one of the best in the business, smooth, fast and responsive. Sadly, last year’s manual-transmission option is no more.
2021 Audi A5 Price and Release Date
The 2021 Audi A5 Coupe and Sportback have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $45,195. Starting at $52,195, the Cabriolet sits atop the A5 social ladder. From here, prices only go up. A loaded A5 Coupe or Sportback can reach beyond $55,000, while the A5 convertible can reach into the $60,000 range.