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2021 Audi A5 Overview

New standard and optional features come to the 2021 Audi A5, even though the luxury coupe got a facelift just last year. The A5 lineup, which also includes a sportback model (reviewed separately) faces off against other sporty luxury cars such as the BMW 4 Series, Genesis G70, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

For 2021, the graceful and athletic A5 Coupe is offered with a Black optic package that adds a black painted roof. LED lighting comes standard, adding an elegant touch to the otherwise aggressive front and rear views, and LED matrix lighting is available.

The Audi A5 comes powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI 4-cylinder engine, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic (DCT), and all-wheel drive (AWD). For this year, the engine gets a new 12-volt mild-hybrid system, adding 13 horsepower for a total of 261 hp, though torque remains the same at 273 pound-feet. Selectable driving modes come standard and a sport suspension system is optional.

Last year’s trim lineup of Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige should carry over with only minor changes. The A5 Coupe’s standard features include 8-way power front seats, a multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, a panoramic sunroof, LED ambient lighting, and the Audi Virtual Cockpit digital display. Higher trim levels and option packages add a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, front sport seats, and a hands-free trunk lid.

The A5’s infotainment features include a 10.1-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, new wireless Apple CarPlay, a new integrated toll transponder, and a 10-speaker audio system. Option packages and higher trim levels offer up satellite radio, Wi-Fi, and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

The 2021 Audi A5 hasn’t yet been crash tested, but the 2020 A5 Coupe earned the top score of Good in five crash tests from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Standard safety features include a reversing camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, the Audi Pre-Sense Basic pre-collision preparation system, Audi Pre-Sense City with pedestrian detection, and lane-departure warning, new for 2021. Safety upgrades include adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic assist, active lane assist, park assist, traffic-sign recognition, and a head-up display (HUD).

The Audi A5 hasn’t changed much from last year, aside from a couple of slick new tech features that add value on top of last year’s refresh.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She owns a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx XT, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, 2015 Honda Grom, and 1979 Boston Whaler Montauk.

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