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2017 Audi A5 Walk Around

Unlike some of today’s more flamboyant models, the A5 is subtle, with minimal detailing. The result is elegant as well as understated, equally handsome, whether in coupe or Cabriolet form. As is often the case with soft-tops, the Cabriolet exudes a tempting hint of decadence, which can intensify its visceral appeal.

The only sore spot is found up front, supplied by a deep, open-jawed grille that seems too big for the car. That’s even more true since designers have slimmed down the headlights and moderated the grille’s frame.

Despite periodic imitations, the A5’s profile is still unique. Reminiscent of classic sports cars, its muscularity blends with contemporary details that convey an explicit road presence. LED lighting helps make the A5 recognizable.

Interior

A lushly shaped body deserves a complementary interior. Understated yet curvaceous, even lavish, the A5 cabin excels on that score, shunning current trends that insist on brightwork. Shapes appear soothing, while trim choices stretch from carbon to wood to stainless steel, each element rating high in fit and finish. Combinations of leather, metal, wood, and plastic are expertly crafted.

Audi’s midsize two-doors are intended for five passengers. As a practical matter, the A5 works best for a couple and appropriate luggage, but an additional passenger or two can squeeze into the coupe’s back seat. Space is tighter in Cabriolets. Seat contouring is better in coupes, whereas convertibles make do with flatter, smaller back seats. In either body style, getting in and out of rear seats can be challenging, even though doors are long.

Up front, legroom and shoulder clearance are generous. Front seats are nicely cushioned and suitably bolstered. Trunk room is satisfactory on coupes, with 16.3 cubic feet of cargo volume, but reduced to 11.3 cubic feet for convertibles.

Intricately detailed instruments help to add a luxury touch. Though it takes a while to learn, Audi’s excellent Multi-Media Interface (MMI) uses a rotary controller and central display.

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