The 2012 Audi A5 has not altered its award-winning style this year, although there have been slight changes in features. The body style includes a coupe and cabriolet, and both are attractive and stylish designs that are sure to please the most discriminating luxury car shoppers. The Audi A5 is capable of providing up to 30 highway miles per gallon, and this fact alone may justify its smaller-than-average engine for the class. Starting at $31,700, the 2012 Audi A5 is relatively affordable in terms of luxury vehicles, as well.

Audi A5 Awards

The Audi line has won many awards, and the A5 was granted the 2010 Motorist Choice Awards and the “Best Sexy Styling” award, while the 2012 model was awarded Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value award. Audi keeps the awards coming for its styling, professional handling, and sophisticated and comfortable interiors. Audi’s engines have also won several awards for performance, despite the fact that they tend to be smaller than those of competitors.

Audi A5 Models for 2012

The 2012 Audi A5 is offered in three trim levels, as are most Audi sedans: the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Standard features on the base model include 18-inch alloy wheels, leather wrapped-steering wheel, and climate control. The Premium Plus upgrades this package to include complimentary Home Link® integrated transmitter, xenon headlights, LED taillights, three-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, iPod® and iPhone® integration, and driver memory for seats. The Prestige package adds the Bang & Olufsen premium stereo system, side assist, and advanced keyless entry and startup. All models can add the “Convenience Package” as an option; this includes many technical upgrades. The “Sport Package” can be added to the Premium Plus and Prestige trims, and the “S-Line Plus Package,” including 19-inch titanium wheels, and the exclusive “Drive Select Package,” including 27 driving configurations and control of adaptive suspension, can be added only to the Prestige trim.

The 2012 Audi A5 utilizes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which is capable of up to 211 horsepower with a standard automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, although buyers can choose an eight-speed automatic transmission instead. Edmunds tested the all-wheel drive, eight-speed transmission model of the 2012 Audi A5 and found that it accelerated from zero to 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds. The automatic transmission model’s time was slightly slower a 6.6 seconds. Electronic stability control and electronic traction control offer performance management which gives one of the best rides in the class.

Audi’s interiors always use the very best materials, and the A5 is no exception to this rule. The front seats are comfortable and buyers have the option of adding sports seats with lateral support. Some reviewers are less pleased with the back seats, which lack the head and leg room for larger passengers. Standard MMI is richly-featured, but the optional MMI with navigation package is thought to be easier to use by most test drivers. The sound system includes Bluetooth, MP3, and satellite radio, and offers an optional DVD player. The trunk contains 13.5 cubic feet of storage, and the fold-down rear seats can give more storage space if necessary.

Audi A5 Safety Ratings

Neither the 2011 nor 2012 Audi A5 has been crash-tested by the federal government or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as most mid-sized and large luxury vehicles are not prioritized for safety testing. However, the Audi A5 has loads of safety features, including the unique Crash Sensor that automatically unlocks the doors and turns on the hazard lights as well as shutting off the fuel pump. The Audi A5 also includes standard anti-lock brakes, Quattro all-wheel drive, and front, side, and side-curtain airbags.

How much is car insurance for an Audi A5?

The 2012 Audi A5 Quattro Coupe averages $1,790 per year for car insurance, while the Prestige trim averages $1,897. Comparable models include the BMW-3 Series, averaging $1,630 per year for insurance, and the Lexus IS which costs about $1,720 per year to insure. The Audi A5 seems to be relatively close in price for insurance to other luxury sedans, although considering that the A5 has a smaller engine, the price may be a bit more inflated than it seems at first glance.

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