Claudine Ho likes her cars sporty and fast, from the styling and the technical features, to the driving experience. During a recent drive trip with Audi traversing the snow-covered roads of the North Cape in Norway, the spunky events organiser and her husband Colin Chen would be ahead of everyone else in the convoy of Audi SQ7s.
For a city ride, she prefers two-door coupes as “they have a sportier look that points towards a glamorous outlook in life”. For Claudine, the second-generation Audi A5 Coupé (top) ticks all the right boxes as it matches her “energetic lifestyle”. Plus, Colin quips, “She prefers not to shuttle people around in her car!” Like her penchant for all-black outfits, she prefers elegantly athletic cars over over-the-top showhorses.
Claudine is a speed lover, so she appreciates the Coupé’s 2.0L 252hp engine, which offers about 17 per cent more performance, while consuming 22 per cent less fuel than its predecessor. The car is also niftier and more efficient thanks to its reduced kerb weight. Even when it enters bends or hits bumps, the driver and passengers do not feel much discomfort because the cabin is a cocoon of leather splendour. The interiors can be customised, from the colour and the type of leather upholstery, to the wooden decorative inlays.
The Audi A5 Coupé truly exudes the qualities Claudine looks for in a car. “Form follows function is a phrase we often hear when it comes to cars,” she says. “In the case of the A5 Coupé, it’s beautifully on-point and fits its intended purpose of being sporty, sophisticated and sensible, all at once.”
The first thing that Colin Chen looks out for in a car is its appearance. The banker favours cars that are good-looking but in an understated way. This is one of the reasons why he remains fiercely loyal to Audi.
He prefers four-door cars for the same reasons of practicality and subtlety, which explains why he chose the Audi A5 Sportback (pictured). “I generally prefer estates, or the Avant variant as Audi calls them, and the Sportback resembles one except that it’s more compact,” says Colin, on his first impression of the 2.0L turbocharged five‑door coupe. “I like that from the outside, it’s practical-looking with a hint of sportiness, and not the other way round. I prefer cars that don’t reveal their strengths or sportiness immediately.”
He finds great appeal in the Sportback’s low-sitting body and sleek side profile, which is defined by three‑dimensional wave-shaped shoulder lines that run from the LED headlights to the rear, where it converges with the car’s defining spoiler edge. The dynamic design continues inside, where head and leg space are abundant and comfort is top-notch, thanks to the car’s stretched wheelbase.
Colin would love to go on road trip in the Audi A5 Sportback from the north of England, where he studied, through to Scotland. “I can see myself very comfortably cruising the Sportback past the UK’s farmlands and history-rich grounds where beautiful castles sit, and the rolling hills and valleys in the Scottish countryside.”
Audi A5 Coupé / Sportback
Body Two-door coupe/Five-door sportback
Engine 2.0 In-line four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine
Max Power 252hp at 5,000-6,000rpm
Max Torque 370Nm at 1,600-4,500rpm
Transmission Seven-Speed S tronic
Drivetrain Quattro Permanent All-wheel drive
Acceleration 0-100km/h in 5.8sec / 6.0 sec
Top Speed 250km/h
Fuel Consumption 6.4L/100km