2023 Audi A5 Trims Explained: Which Is the Best Audi Sedan for You?
German automaker Audi’s luxury compact sedan, the A5, is the brand’s executive car, offering a blend of luxury, power, and all-wheel drive. The A5 was last redesigned for the 2018 model year. The 2023 Audi A5 continues the second generation. Here’s a breakdown of all 20 trim options for the 2023 Audi A5:
2023 Audi A5 Premium
MSRP: Sportback starting at $44,100; Coupe at $46,200; Cabriolet at $52,900
Autotrader explains the Audi A5’s entry-level trim comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard across all models. The 2022 Audi A5 had the same powertrain as the 2023 A5, and the fuel efficiency numbers differ slightly by trim: the Sportback gets 29 combined mpg while the Coupe gets 27 mpg, and the Cabriolet gets 26 mpg.
Though it is the base trim level, the Audi A5 Premium has plenty of standard and luxury features. Inside, passengers can enjoy leather upholstery and heated front seats. A 10.1-inch infotainment screen and 10-speaker audio system come with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Driver aids on the 2023 Audi A5 include emergency braking, lane-departure warning, a backup camera, and automatic high beams. The Audi Pre Sense Basic and Pre Sense City systems are standard on all A5 trims. These systems predict an accident and can automatically close the sunroof and windows and tighten the seatbelts.
The Convenience Package is available on the Premium trims for an additional $1,800. It includes an anti-theft immobilizer, push-button start, blind-spot monitoring, heated and auto-dimming power mirrors, adaptive cruise control, and a memory driver’s seat.
2023 Audi A5 Premium Plus
MSRP: Sportback starting at $49,700; Coupe at $51,800; Cabriolet at $58,500
The Premium Plus makes the Convenience Package offered on the Premium trims standard. There’s more to enjoy inside the cabin as well. The armrests and center console are leatherette-covered, and a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system is standard. The Virtual Cockpit includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, power-folding mirrors, SiriusXM, and Audi Advanced Key.
There are more standard driver aids in this Audi A5 trim. Lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree camera, and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist help drivers.
There are upgrades available for the Premium Plus. The Black Optic Plus Package gives this Audi A5 trim 21-inch RS-designed wheels with summer tires and black window surrounds, roof rails, and front grille for around $2,200.
2023 Audi A5 Prestige
MSRP: Sportback starting at $55,000; Coupe at $55,950; Cabriolet at $63,500
The Audi A5 Prestige trim is the top-tier luxury option with the standard powertrain. Passengers can enjoy multicolor ambient lighting inside, and the front seats have neck warmers.
A navigation system and head-up display are standard for the Prestige trim. Traffic sign recognition and a semi-autonomous parking system driver aids are included. The Black Optic Plus Package is an available upgrade for the Audi A5 Prestige trims.
2023 Audi S5 Premium
MSRP: Sportback and Coupe starting at $56,395; Cabriolet at $64,495
The 2023 Audi S5 Premium takes the A5 Premium and boosts power with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine producing 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The V6 powertrain’s estimated fuel economy numbers from the EPA are 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Sport suspension upgrades help with the increase in power and come with 19-inch wheels. Like the A5 Premium, the Convenience Package is available for the Audi S5 Premium.
2023 Audi S5 Premium Plus
MSRP (estimates using 2022 models): Sportback and Coupe starting at $59,995; Cabriolet at $68,095
The Audi S5 Premium Plus follows the A5 Premium Plus in features but with the S5’s turbocharged V6 engine. The Black Optic Package is available and includes a black spoiler and exhaust tips. New for the 2023 model year is an Audi Sport Interior Package, which adds RS carbon inlays and red stitching to the black interior. The S Sport Package includes a torque-vectoring rear differential, adaptive dampers, and red brake calipers are also available.
2023 Audi S5 Prestige
MSRP (estimates using 2022 models): Sportback starting at $64,795; Coupe at $64,495; Cabriolet at $72,595
The S5 Prestige trim maxes out on luxury with the S5 powertrain. The features are similar to the Audi A5 Prestige, and the Black Optic and S Sport packages are both available.
2023 Audi RS 5
MSRP: Sportback starting at $76,200; Coupe at $75,900
Unlike the other Audi A5 trims, the RS 5 comes in just one trim for the Sportback and Coupe options. It gets a big bump in power from the S5. The twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine pushes out 444 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. It gets a combined 21 mpg rating. Like the S5, the Audi RS 5 has an upgraded suspension to go along with a sport differential and six-piston front brakes. The 2023 Audi RS 5’s interior comes with a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, sport front seats, and unique wheels.
The RS 5 may opt out of the A5 line in terms of performance, but it also has additional upgrades available. The Dynamic and Dynamic Plus packages upgrade the exhaust and brake systems. Meanwhile, the Black Optic Carbon and RS Design packages are both available as well.
Which 2023 Audi A5 trim is the best?
All of the Audi A5 models offer all-wheel drive, luxury, and plenty of room for passengers. The 2023 Audi A5 Premium Plus is a great overall option. Autotrader reviewers note it is the best balance of luxury and value.
Drivers looking for more luxury should choose the 2023 Audi A5 Prestige. The extra perks inside the cabin and driver aids make it the best option for those customers. Performance-focused drivers should pick the 2023 Audi S5 Premium Plus. Its turbocharged engine gives you plenty of power while offering luxury options and a good starting MSRP.