Road test: Audi’s A5 coupe is elegant, sporty and economical

The nitty-gritty

2011 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Quattro MT6 Coupe

Base price: $36,500; as tested, $45,430.

Standard Comfort/Convenience: leather trimmed 8-way power seats, with driver lumbar, split folding rear seat, multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, driver information system with trip computer, concert radio with CD player and SD card slot and auxiliary radio input, satellite radio, 180-watt sound system with 10 speakers, cruise control, tilting glass panel roof with sunshade.

Options

•    Deep Sea blue pearl effect: $475
•    Premium Plus  Model A5 coupe: Xenon plus headlights, LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels all-season tires, Blue-tooth hands-free phone interface, 3-zone climate control, heated front seats, garage-door opener, Audi music interface, rain/light sensor, auto-dimming mirror with compass: $3,700
•    Navigation system: $2,550, Band & Olufsen premium sound system: $850
•    Nutmeg laurel wood trim: $350
•    Exhaust tips: $130
•    Destination charge: $875

Body style/layout: 2-door coupe, front engine/all-wheel drive

Engine

•    Type: 2.0-liter, 16-valve, direct-injection, DOHC turbocharged four-cylinder
•    Cylinder block/head:
•    Displacement, cc: 2000
•    Horsepower: 211hp @ 5100 rpm
•    Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
•    Recommended fuel: unleaded premium 91 oct
•    Fuel economy, EPA est.: 21/31 mpg city/highway
•    Fuel economy, observed: 21/33

Transmission: 6-speed manual

Chassis/Suspension
•    Suspension, front/rear: 5-link / trapezoidal-link
•    Wheels: 18-inch alloy
•    Tires: 245/40R 18 all-season
•    Brakes: front, ventilated discs; rear, solid discs
•    Steering: hydraulic rack-and-pinion
•    Turning circle: 37.4 ft.

Dimensions
•    Wheelbase: 108.31 in.
•    Length: 182.09 in.
•    Height: 54 in.
•    Width: 79.5 in.
•    Curb weight: 3,583 lbs
•    Trunk volume: 12.2 cu. ft.
•    Fuel tank: 16.9 gal.

Warranty: 4-year/50,000 mile limited warranty