Each time an A5 or S5 is scheduled to arrive at Fourtitude’s Chicago office, we plan accordingly and bring a change of pants, lest we run into that embarrassing situation Andy Samburg sings about on Saturday Night Live. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; this car is beautiful. The type of beautiful that doesn’t get old, even after an entire day of photographing our Meteor Gray example seen here. And this isn’t even one of this car’s more flattering colors.
We’ve spent a good amount of time with the S5, both in the form of our long-term test car and a few other examples that have found their way into our fleet here or there, but our time in the more relaxed, less expensive A5 has been surprisingly limited. A quick glance over this car’s build sheet, however, reveals that we’re in for an excellent A5 experience. Many of the best options and packages are listed after the car’s $42,000 base price, which includes the six-speed Tiptronic transmission. Visual add-ons include the pearl effect paint, a set of five-arm Y-spoke wheels measuring 19 inches in diameter, and the trademark LED strips below a pair of adaptive headlights. The lighting components are part of a larger premium package, which includes heated seats, Homelink, and auto-dimming mirrors. Thanks to a technology package, the headlights swivel with the front wheels; that package also includes a blind spot warning system, keyless go, and a rearview camera. Inside, the only visual option is no-charge aluminum trim.