Used Audi A5 S5 (2007 - 2017) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 13 Jun 2013
4.5
The high performance Audi S5 is not the ultimate performance version of the Audi A5 range (that accolade belongs to the Audi RS5 which is the subject of a separate review) but it still offers scorching performance but with more real-world fuel bills and insurance costs. All three Audi S5 models are powered by a supercharged 3.

4 out of 5

Comfort

Although it may be a high performance car, the S5 manages to blend handling and ride comfort. The sports suspension is certainly firm, but it manages to deal well with rough and bumpy roads, without bouncing passengers around. The high quality leather sports seats offer good support along with comfort and are electrically adjustable as standard. But while the front passengers get plenty of room, rear seat space is poor - especially with a taller driver which sees legroom for those behind reduced to a minimum.

Dropping the roof in the convertible version doesn't diminish refinement and even at higher speeds, buffeting is kept to a minimum, helped by the wind deflector which comes as standard. Most other manufacturers charge you for these.

3 out of 5

Practicality

Getting in and out of the rear seats can be a challenge. Even though the front seats electrically slide forward to improve access, it's still a struggle, especially when it comes to getting out. The boot in the coupe is impressively large though with 455 litres of space - not far short of the Audi A4 with 480 litres. The boot opening itself is wide and it can carry surprisingly large items plus there's extra hidden storage under the boot floor.

Up front there's a good sized glovebox, large central cubby between the seats and decent door pockets too. The large doors are quite heavy to open though and you need to be careful in tight parking spaces. The Cabriolet version is useful too - the boot offers 380 litres of room with the roof up and 320 litres when it's folded down. However, the boot isn't great for larger items due to the rather shallow opening.

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How does the boot space compare?

430 litres
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Audi A5 S5 (07-17)
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4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The quality of the materials used in the S5 interior is high class with a superb finish. It's not that different from a standard A5 model, which is a little disappointing, but the sports seats, chunky steering wheel and stylish grey dials all give it a slight edge. The driving position is superb thanks to plenty of adjustment in the standard electric seats and steering column, but visibility - especially when parallel parking - is limited, however rear parking sensors are standard.

The stereo and optional sat nav are controlled through one central dial, but it's very easy and intuitive to work.