The building blocks of the interior are basically the same as the A4, including the dashboard, door pads, knobs and switches. The cabin is a fine place to be in, thanks to its high-quality construction and ergonomic design.
The dash looks thoroughly modern and the thin air vents that span the entire width of the dash panel, fools you into thinking that the car is much wider than it actually is. The wood finish underneath the vents adds a traditional touch to an otherwise snazzy cabin. While you get a conventional high-res MMI screen on top of the dash, the one that sits in place of the conventional instruments makes you feel more like an airplane pilot sitting inside a modern jet plane. All the information you would ever need is right in front of your eyes and the screen resolution and graphics are just unrivalled.
Getting in and out of the A5 needs some effort as you sit quite low, but once inside you are pampered by the front seats that offer generous shoulder and lateral support with just the right amount of suppleness. Given the shortcomings of a stylish coupe-like roofline, Audi has done what it can to give you maximum comfort at the back as possible. The cabin roof is contoured to allow as much headroom as possible for rear passengers and legroom is perfectly acceptable too. The bench itself is comfy with good under thigh and back support. Despite the all-black cabin our test car came with, the A5 felt surprisingly airy and the relatively low window-line and the large sunroof helps here. Thanks to the notchback design the A5 is practical too. The 480-litre boot size is the same as the A4 but the large opening and split folding rear seat gives it estate like versatility.
In terms of equipment, the A5 we had on test came well loaded. You get a large sunroof, electric leather front seats, front and rear parking assist with reversing camera, three-zone climate control, 8 airbags, LED headlamps and the Virtual cockpit instrumentation.