2018 Audi A5 vs. 2018 Lexus RC Comparison near Schaumburg, IL

Although there are several choices available for drivers seeking a sporty, luxury coupe, two of the best options are the 2018 Audi A5 and Lexus RC. Since you will only be going home with one car, however, it is important to determine which model provides the more luxurious experience and better performance. Our luxury vehicle experts have composed this comparison of the 2018 Audi A5 Coupe, starting at $42,800 MSRP, and the 2018 Lexus RC 300 RWD, starting at $40,640 MSRP, to make your decision easier to make. To learn more about the Audi A5 alone, visit our research pages or head straight to our new vehicle inventory.

2018 Audi A5 vs. 2018 Lexus RC: Engine Specs

Unlike the Lexus RC, every new 2018 Audi A5 Coupe is equipped with all-wheel drive: specifically, Audi quattro® all-wheel drive with ultra® technology. This system combines driving dynamics with high efficiency. If you are looking for the vehicle with the advantage in power, speed, fuel economy, and handling, the answer is the 2018 Audi A5.

2018 Audi A5


2018 Lexus RC

2.0L Turbo I4


2.0L Turbo I4

252 HP


241 HP

273 lb.-ft.


258 lb.-ft.

24/33 MPG

EPA city/highway rating

22/32 MPG

5.7 seconds

0-60 MPH Acceleration Time

7.3 seconds

2018 Audi A5 vs. 2018 Lexus RC: Comfort

A luxury car should provide an experience that is above and beyond what a non-luxury car can provide in terms of quality and comfort. The Lexus RC is certainly impressive, but when compared to the 2018 Audi A5, it doesn't go as far to ensure the comfort of every passenger.

  • Synthetic leather comes standard in the Lexus RC, but all new Audi A5 models come with genuine leather seat upholstery.
  • While the Lexus RC may have standard dual-zone automatic climate control, three-zone automatic climate control is the standard in the new Audi A5.
  • Another feature that comes standard on the A5 but that you'll need to pay extra for on the RC is a sunroof. Furthermore, the A5's sunroof is panoramic, covering both rows, while the RC's sunroof is smaller and only covers the front row.

2018 Audi A5 Interior

2018 Audi A5 vs. 2018 Lexus RC: Technology

Lexus and Audi are constantly innovating, which is why the 2018 Audi A5 and 2018 Lexus RC are some of the most advanced vehicles around. However, state-of-the-art entertainment, connectivity, and safety features are much more abundant in the new Audi A5.

  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ are currently not available in Lexus vehicles, but they come standard in the Audi A5.
  • A fully digital instrument panel is available only in the new Audi A5.
  • The 2018 Audi A5 is available with a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system with 19 speakers that provides a more immersive audio experience than the premium sound system in the Lexus RC.
  • A Head Up Display is only available in the Audi A5.
  • Audi offers several unique safety features, including Audi pre sense® basic, pre sense® city, and pre sense® rear with vehicle exist assist.

Test Drive the New 2018 Audi A5 near Schaumburg, IL

It's easy to see why so many drivers prefer the luxury experience they find in the new 2018 Audi A5 coupe to that of the 2018 Lexus RC. You can experience the luxurious Audi model first hand by visiting our dealership near Schaumburg, IL to take a test drive. Call (888) 698-1441 today to schedule your visit.

2018 Audi A5 vs. 2018 Lexus RC near Schaumburg, IL