- Good looks with the coupe and convertible
- Readily available low-end power and torque from the supercharged V-6
- Simple but refined interior
- Cramped rear seating
- Relatively small trunk space
- New S5 debuts for the 2018 model year
Audi S5 Expert Review
New For 2017
Before the new model rolls into U.S. showrooms, the 2017 Audi S5 sports a number of new options. These include a Black optic package that offers 19-inch Audi Sport 5-arm rotor design titanium wheels and a high gloss exterior package with body color mirrors. A black optic plus package offers 20-inch wheels in gloss black with gloss black exterior mirrors.
A 333-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine makes 325 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or Audi's optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic unit. The S5 Coupe is available with the manual or automatic, but the convertible is only available with the automatic. The 2017 S5 coupe with the automatic gets an EPA-estimated 18/28 mpg city and highway and 17/26 with the manual. Go for the convertible and the EPA mileage for 2017 is 18/26 mpg.
Inside, the 2017 Audi S5 gets four different drive select settings, including Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual. It comes standard with Audi's MMI system, with a 6.5-inch color screen and a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 14 speakers. You can step up to the navigation with Google Earth graphics, a larger infotainment screen and a Wi-Fi hotspot that can accommodate as many as eight passenger devices.
The 2017 Audi S5 comes with ABS and electronic brake-force distribution as well as brake assist. On the convertible, Audi offers active rollover protection as well.
Step up to the optional Technology package and you'll get Audi Side Assist, parking distance sensors, a six-month trial of in-car Wi-Fi, and a rear-view camera
What We Think:
The last time we drove an Audi S5 was back in 2013 and, except for the near-useless rear seats, we liked plenty of things about it.
When we drove the 2013 S3, we really enjoyed the power from the supercharged V-6, which came on early and in Sport mode. The body movement was controlled by stiffened dampers, making the Audi S5 fun to drive on mountain roads. There is, however, some understeer if you come into a corner too hot. Comfort mode is "near luxurious," and the steering had a "decent heft" to it.
"These cars are certainly more GTs than sports cars," we wrote in the review, but "they won't leave you wanting when driven simply for enjoyment."
Designer Walter De Silva once called the A5 the most beautiful car he ever designed.