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Driving a 18 A5 This Week: Quick Take

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And I’ve been surprised how much I like it. I mean duh, it’s a Audi, obviously it’s going to be nice, but I’m surprised how much of a sporty feel it has. Initially I thought it would be a bit more boring, a luxury Camry (or Solara?), however for it’s size I’ve been surprised how engaging it is.

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Light steering normally but loads up nicely around corners. Sharp enough too for being a non S model. Power is surprising. I figured it would feel a bit slower as it has the same motor as my GTI but this thing pulls very strong. The 7 speed DSG is perfectly matched. Yes a manual would be fun but this fits this A5's character well. It even returned 36 Mpg on my 200 mile trip today. Crazy. This thing just wants to go 70 all day on the highway.

The interior is lovely and well put-together for the most part. The ambient lighting is a nice touch and feels premium even over what we get in the MK7. I even like the silly tablet style sceen. It’s not necessarily integrated well but I am beginning to appreciate not having to look down at a screen for directions and music.

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A few negatives - the base seats in this model don’t really agree with me. I’m pretty short and am picky on seats so I won’t completely blame the car. Although extendable thigh support should be standard on these big German coupes. Also, the ride is definitely a bit on the sporty end, which while composed in corners, might be a bit stiff for some. I’d say it’s just right for me, though. Finally, why are cooled seats so hard to come by on German cars. Half my FCA inventory has them, so a bit annoying to see that not included.

Anyways that’s my short little review. I knew I wouldn’t hate this car but was pleasently surprised how good it was for an enthusiast while not being the Audi Sport model. And for a little over $30k with 18k miles seems like a nice amount of car for then money.

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