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2012 Audi A5

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$9,262 — $19,906 USED
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4 Seats
25-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior quality
  • Ride quality
  • Folding backseat
  • Gas mileage
  • Strong brakes
  • Convertible top takes little trunk space

The Bad

  • No folding hardtop
  • Occasional drivetrain lag
  • Some wind noise
  • Hard backrests
  • Some confusing controls
2012 Audi A5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Audi A5
  • A5 coupe and Cabriolet (convertible) available
  • Standard turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Optional adaptive suspension
  • Optional adjustable drivetrain settings
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The A5 coupe and Cabriolet are aimed straight at their fellow two-door heartthrobs: the BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G37 coupe and convertible. The A5 seats four. Audi offers a performance version of the A5, the S5, that’s covered separately in the Research section.

New for 2012
A new leather color, Cinnamon Brown Milano, is available for Premium versions of the A5, and the Premium Plus model adds a memory feature for the driver’s seat and auto-dimming side mirrors. Adaptive headlights and a blind spot warning system are now included on Prestige models.

Exterior
The A5 is instantly recognizable as an Audi, with the brand’s customary wide-mouth grille flanked by lower air intakes. The Cabriolet has a power folding canvas roof with thick acoustic fabric that keeps the interior as quiet as a hardtop, Audi says. Exterior features include:

  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Optional 19-inch wheels
  • Optional LED taillights

Interior
Audi’s Multi Media Interface system governs various functions, including the optional navigation system, with a central knob behind the gearshift. The system also features shortcut buttons surrounding the knob, but uninitiated drivers might still find it confusing.

The A5 has an extensive range of materials to choose from, including two-tone leather/Alcantara seats and several decorative interior trim options. Interior features include:

  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard MP3 jack
  • Standard leath...

Vehicle Overview

The A5 coupe and Cabriolet are aimed straight at their fellow two-door heartthrobs: the BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G37 coupe and convertible. The A5 seats four. Audi offers a performance version of the A5, the S5, that’s covered separately in the Research section.

New for 2012
A new leather color, Cinnamon Brown Milano, is available for Premium versions of the A5, and the Premium Plus model adds a memory feature for the driver’s seat and auto-dimming side mirrors. Adaptive headlights and a blind spot warning system are now included on Prestige models.

Exterior
The A5 is instantly recognizable as an Audi, with the brand’s customary wide-mouth grille flanked by lower air intakes. The Cabriolet has a power folding canvas roof with thick acoustic fabric that keeps the interior as quiet as a hardtop, Audi says. Exterior features include:

  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Optional 19-inch wheels
  • Optional LED taillights

Interior
Audi’s Multi Media Interface system governs various functions, including the optional navigation system, with a central knob behind the gearshift. The system also features shortcut buttons surrounding the knob, but uninitiated drivers might still find it confusing.

The A5 has an extensive range of materials to choose from, including two-tone leather/Alcantara seats and several decorative interior trim options. Interior features include:

  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard MP3 jack
  • Standard leather seats
  • Optional three-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen stereo


Under the Hood
All A5s use a 211-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The coupe comes only with all-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The Cabriolet is available with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission or all-wheel drive and the eight-speed automatic.

In normal conditions, the all-wheel-drive system channels 60 percent of power to the rear wheels. With the manual transmission, Audi says the A5 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 6 seconds. Mechanical features include:

  • 211-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 258 pounds-feet of torque
  • Uses premium gas
  • Available Audi Drive Select Package, which includes adaptive suspension dampers and a dynamic steering system


Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats (coupe)
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
24 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Great quality & fun to drive!

by Tnvolfan from Upstate SC on April 12, 2019

Great car to drive. Room for 4 people and you can get a set of golf clubs in the trunk. Has wind screen so you don't get blown around with the top down. Read full review

(5.0)

My favorite car my heart

by Dash from Great Neck on February 4, 2019

The appearance is awesome and the car is very comfortable. When you drive it, feels like you are flying on the road. It also saves gas. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Audi A5 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Audi A5 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The A5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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