2015 Audi A5 2.0T Quattro manual

A sporty, manual-transmission coupe, all-wheel-drive.

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The A5 2.0T Quattro manual is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Cars

We tested a 4-cylinder, manual-transmission version of Audi's premium luxury coupe and found good reason for more drivers to bond with a third pedal. The 2.0-liter inline-4 felt responsive and powerful enough to haul around the A5's not-inconsiderable mass. Audi's optional "sport plus" suspension and tires helped to keep the 3500-lb coupe glued to the road. Back in 2007, designer Walter De Silva reportedly considered the A5 to be one of his favorite projects, and today the svelte coupe still looks fresh and purposeful. Its shape combines Audi's traditional solidity with more flowing, typically Italian lines and curves. From some angles, the A5 looks as if Maserati were asked to create an Audi product.

Inside, the A5 has all the refinement you'd expect in a premium luxury car, although the aluminum trim and small infotainment screen are a little bit stuck in 2008.

In spirited driving, the 6-speed manual makes the A5 coupe feel more responsive and more alert than it would with an automatic. With such a small engine to pull such a heavy car, it helps to be able to choose which gear to be in at all times. The 2.0-liter turbo motor is happiest in the middle rpm range, where its ample turbo boost makes it momentarily feel like a much larger engine. The advantage of engine downsizing is often that EPA fuel economy ratings go up. This A5, for instance, is rated at 22 city/ 32 highway, much better than the old V6-powered A5's 17/26. Heavy cars powered by small, turbocharged engines however often fail to reach their EPA mileage estimates in real world driving. Therefore, we weren't surprised that the 4-cylinder A5 only managed 20.7 mpg during our week of testing in Los Angeles.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, 1-year/5,000-mile free maintenance, 12-year/ unlimited-mile corrosion warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $40,000

As Tested: $40,000

  • 22 / 32 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6.3 sec
  • 0-60
  • 220 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 130 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo direct injected
  • Horsepower: 220 hp
  • Torque: 258
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Curb Weight: 3,583 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 108.3 in
  • Length: 182.1 in
  • Width: 73 in
  • Height: 54 in
  • Turning circle: 37.4 ft
  • Brakes: Vented disc front, solid disc rear, with ABS
  • Suspension: Front MacPherson strut, rear mulitlink
  • Traction: Traction and stability control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 6.3 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 118 ft.
  • Top Speed: 130 mph
  • EPA City: 22 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 32 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 26 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Safety: Not rated

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