Poll: Lexus RC 350 or Audi A5?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

If you want a smallish luxury coupe, which model should you choose? There are a number of choices, but let’s compare the Lexus RC 350 and Audi A5, two worthwhile options.

Both of these cars offer stylish exteriors, premium cabins and ample performance, all without totally breaking the bank. But which one is a better option? Let’s break it down…

Several powertrain offerings are available in the Lexus RC range, but the top engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers a stable’s worth of horses, 306 to be precise. Torque production measures 277 lb-ft, all of which can be sent to either the rear wheels or all four.

Handling shifting duties is an eight-speed automatic transmission, unless you opt for all-wheel drive, in which case you’ll have to make do with a six-ratio gearbox. Why Lexus does this is beyond us…

Simplifying things, just one engine is offered in the Audi, a smooth running 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It puts out 220 horses along with 258 lb-ft of peak torque. The company’s quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard, for maximum traction in all conditions.

Unlike its Japanese rival, the A5 offers either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic for ample choice, which is always appreciated.

On the efficiency front the Audi is a bit thriftier. Comparing all-wheel-drive models with automatic transmissions the A5 should deliver a combined fuel-economy rating of 25 MPG. The Lexus is a good bit less economical, delivering a claimed average of 21, though it is a lot more powerful.

Which of these luxury coupes do YOU prefer? Compare them here and make sure to vote in our poll so we can see which one is the more popular option!

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • RochesterDave RochesterDave on Jun 25, 2016

    RC because it will run forever needing very little modestly priced service.

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  • Rocket Rocket on Jun 27, 2016

    A5 because ZF 8-speed with quattro. And because looks should still matter in a sport coupe. The 20% advantage in efficiency doesn't hurt, either.