Each body style of 2018 Audi A5—coupe, convertible (Cabriolet), and hatchback (Sportback)—is offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.
The A5’s equipment list is generous at the base level and it gets more posh from there. We are especially fond of the infotainment system and the new virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster. For these reasons, we give the A5 an 8 out of 10 for features. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Premium features include eight-way power leather seats, automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, a 7.0-inch driver information center screen, Audi’s MMI infotainment system with a 7.0-inch center screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, HD radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, ambient interior lighting, automatic xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Sportback adds a power tailgate and a panoramic sunroof, while the convertible gets a power soft top.
The Premium Plus adds heated front seats with driver’s seat memory; full LED headlights; heated, auto-dimming, power-folding exterior mirrors with memory; an auto-dimming rearview mirror; Audi Connect Care telematics with roadside assistance, SOS calls, and stolen vehicle locator; voice control; and blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts and vehicle exit assist that warns if a car is coming when you open the door.
Opt for the Prestige and you get an alarm; satellite radio; synthetic leather on the center console and door armrests; a Bang & Olufsen sound system; a head-up display; a surround-view camera system; LED interior lighting; the Audi virtual cockpit 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster; MMI with navigation and a touchpad controller; and Audi Connect Prime, which adds Google Earth map views, Google voice search, and access to social media, internet radio, and other local information. Audi Connect requires a monthly subscription for the 4G LTE data, but enables a 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot.
Notable options include an adaptive damping suspension, a cold weather package with heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel, and 19-inch wheels.
Audi’s excellent Multi-Media Interface (MMI) has a rotary controller that can be ordered with handwriting recognition for things such as destination inputs. It comes with a 7.0- or 8.3-inch center screen and provides access to audio, entertainment, communications, and more. The system takes some time to master, but it soon becomes intuitive, and it’s always quick to react.
The virtual cockpit is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that works with the MMI to provide the driver plenty of information. It has various screen views, including one with a large map right in front of the driver. It is controlled by buttons on the left side of the steering wheel. Again, it will take some time to master, but we find it to be both beautiful and informative.
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