The A5 is not simply a coupé A4. Rather, it’s a more bespoke take using modular elements from Audi’s new platform philosophy, with the engine set well back, between five-link front suspension driving (in this instance) Quattro running gear with a tasty-sounding rearwards bias. It’s slightly bigger than a 3-Series Coupé (in the way that, to be fair, most Audis are slightly bigger than the BMW competition) and, certainly at first, pitched more upmarket. Prices are not necessarily higher, but the richness of the mix is.
If you love discreet, intelligent design, it is bang on the money. Overlook the vivid, head-turning LED day running lights; they attract, but it’s the car’s long-term depth that pleases most. You will continually be spotting new details, different twists on lines or curves, be it the deceptively simple nose or the graceful flow of the side feature line. All this with some usability; the boot is big and there are four seats, front seats are huge and getting in and out is easy. In time, there’s to be a high-performance RS variant, joining the current S5 V8, but it’s the diesels that make most real-world sense. Particularly this 3.0-litre V6 version.