Audi A5 Coupé 3.0 TDI - No funny titles, Just WOW!

It's no secret that I like Audis. I have owned an S3 Quattro and it painted many thrilling smiles on my face. The Audi A5 Coupé thrilled no less, but I am sad to say that it was short-lived. This 180kW and 500Nm elegant and classy Coupé made me sad.

It's always been a head-turner and the facelifted A5 continues the trend. If you're familiar with the Audi 'face' then you'll know what I mean, but the A5 has a very unique design in the running lights. They remind me of IronMan's suit as it starts up and the eyes flicker on ready for flight. It's the same with this car - when those eyes illuminate you just want to be seen. From the outset, that is what this car makes me want - to be seen.
Seated in the premium cabin, surrounded by such intimate detail and workmanship, in the comfort of leather and alcantara with spectacularly forged switchgear made from a combination of metals and indescribable materials, I cannot tell you how important it makes you feel. Audi are legendary at interior appointments and it is the best interior detailing I have ever experienced. It took me a while to fully understand the Multimedia system, but once you've taken the time to learn how it operates, it's quite intuitive and easy.  



I wasn't driving for too long when I wondered how the heck Audi had made a diesel that sounds and feels so much like a petrol engine? This car eats up highway quickly and silenty. The cabin is so quiet and comfy as you watch the speedo effortlessly climb towards the nether regions of 200km/h. I didn't drive this car with the intention of saving fuel, but it's also quite frugal for a car with this much power under the taps. I managed a 8.8 l/100 after about 420km with the car and that's mighty impressive when you consider the driving I was doing, in an around Johannesburg. A leisurely drive to Haartesbeespoort Dam demonstrated a fairly hard ride, which was expected. The drive also gave way to some wonderful stretches of acceleration where I could properly experience the in-gear surge from this wonderful diesel powerplant. Man alive it's enjoyable motoring.



The Audi A5 Coupé 3.0 TDI starts at R585,000 with this particular model being a full-house car on the other side of R660,000. If you're wondering whether it's worth it, let me quickly say ABSOLUTELY! It's a stunning car with stunning credibility and unmatched quality. The ride is solid and the quattro system is very forgiving if you become a little sinful with the car. I wouldn't say it's the most entertaining car in the world mainly because the steering feels a little 'fake'. I know that's not a great word but I can't describe it any other way. It just doesn't inspire any confidence and it isn't as sharp as some other cars I've driven. If anything, the rear seats are very cramped, moreso than you would imagine, but the boot does allow for quite a bit of stuff.

I can't really fault this car based on what it is, a 2-door Sports Tourer. It's handsome for sure, has road presence and road manners, it knows how to make the driver feel important and it can do the low-flying job description should you want it. It's also not ridiculously priced if you don't tick too many boxes on the application and it can save you money at the 'Garage' should you drive it efficiently.

So, why the sad face? Simple answer is that I cannot own one. At least not in the near future. I absolutely love this car! It's everything I like in a car. The interior is sheer beauty, the drive is smooth and the face is oh so handsome. But it's a Coupé and that just does not suit my family right now. It doesn't make sense when I weigh up baby chairs, baby bags, baby food, nappies and all that family stuff. This car being parked at our house makes me want to leave the family behind and go for a selfish burn around Gauteng.

Ooh but remember that Audi has a A5 Sportback. Mmm, now there's an idea...

AM

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