Ahlan! Man: Testing the Audi A5 3.0 Quattro Coupe
With the Abu Dhabi F1 coming up I thought it would be a good idea to get myself behind the wheel of the new Audi A5 Coupe. It’s not as fast as Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes-Benz, but it’s still a very satisfying and good-looking ride to be seen in. It’s also worryingly easy to drive when you realise how powerful it is – zero to 100kph happens in around five smooth seconds. Producing 272bhp with turbocharged direct-injection units, the Quattro Coupe certainly isn’t short of torque. One clever function is the ‘Audi Drive’, which allows you to alter the engine and gearbox settings, the transmission and the steering. ‘Comfort’ has everything backed right off, ‘Dynamic’ puts the car in attack mode, ‘Auto’ makes constant adjustments according to how you’re driving, and ‘Individual’ allows you to tune it to your personal preferences.
The controls of the navigation system, radio and other features are all high quality and intuitive to use. Besides the standard kit, the A5 also boasts a few interior systems to make it more comfortable and fun, such as Bluetooth connectivity that allows you to play all your favourite tracks off your phone through the Bang & Olufsen sound system as soon as you step into the car, plus you can set up a Wi-Fi network and fetch real-time traffic info. The Audi A5 comes with two rear seats, but the leg- and headroom are a tad tight, mainly because the car’s boot is pretty deep with lots of space for my football boots, golf clubs and tool boxes.
Overall, the Audi A5 Quattro Coupe will be exactly what most men want most of the time from a classy car. It goes faster than anyone will ever need it to; it cruises around town brilliantly; it’s extremely comfortable, well made, looks good and grips superbly. The only thing I didn’t like was giving it back.