2017 Audi A5 Long Term Test

We get to live with the smooth executive coupe from Audi for the next six weeks

By Shahzad Sheikh

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We are running a 2017 Audi A5 for the next six weeks as a long term test. You can follow all our updates on social media by searching #MMEAudiA5 & #MMELONGTERMER

2017 Audi A5

Price: AED187,600 ($51k)
Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, 190bhp at 4200-6000rpm, 236lb ft @1450-4200rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
Fuel Economy: 5.3L/100
Performance: 0-100kph 7.3 seconds, Top Speed 240kph
Weight: 1420kg

Week 1 posts

Week 2-4 update & posts

Refined, sophisticated, adequately quick, good to drive, decent handling, elegant style and surprising economy – loving it so far. Gotta a couple of more weeks with this cool coupe!

Fuel economy is like voodoo – the more you drive, the less you use? Huh?!

How do these buttons know I’m touching them?

Week 4-6 update & posts

13 August 2017

Sadly I’ve had to give the Audi A5 back. It’s been a few days, and sometimes it takes a while to think about what you miss most in a car.

With the Audi its almost its casual class and accessibility, a quality product without pretences, a dependable companion that serves faithfully without demand – and I mean you bare had to fuel it, at least the was I drove it (economy was never higher than 8.5L/100km in my hands).

If you’re after an elegant German coupe, then this is definitely worth putting on the shortlist, and as I’ve said previously, I can’t really justify paying the extra for an S5 version, when this A5, yes even with its 190bhp four-cylinder engine, is so good and perfectly adequate for everyday driving.

Nor in our dry weather do you miss the Quattro all-wheel drive, and the front-wheel drive set-up of this is particularly good.

Of course the RS5 might be a completely different – and a rather enticing I have to say – proposition. Having done the A5 and S5, I can’t wait to give that a go soon!

Final social media posts (#MMEAudiA5)

Imthishan ran the car on its final weekend with us – here are his thoughts on the Audi A5

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