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2018 Audi S5 Review: First Impressions

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CARS.COM — The redesigned 2018 Audi S5 may not look that different in photos from the outgoing car, but in person, the two-door coupe Audi showed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show has a finer, more chiseled appearance. With the S5, it’s all in details like the intricate headlights and swooping-profile body line that add dimension to the previously simply designed coupe. A lower hood line and lower stance flatten the profile and make the S5 look lower and longer than the outgoing car.

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The S5 isn’t just a pretty face. A spacious interior feels almost a class larger than competitors like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe and Lexus RC coupe.

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If you’re maniacal enough to shove your adult friends in the backseat of a two-door coupe, the S5 can accommodate them fairly well. I’m 6 feet tall and the top of my head just barely touched the top of the interior, and leaning forward a smidge cleared the sloping rear roofline. The backseat feels wider and roomier than the C-Class or RC, as did the front, where the S5’s tightly compact center console and wide foot area are more spacious. Getting into the backseat was also fairly painless, with a large opening to the two rear seats. 

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A coupe like the S5 is more about being in the driver’s seat, though, and visibility is good, with tall side windows and an easy over-the-shoulder view to check blind spots out of the also-large rear quarter windows, which are more substantial than others in the class. Cabin materials and quality are classy and elegant, and the fully digital 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit is an impressive feature in other Audis that we expect to work just as well in the S5.

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Managing Editor Joe Bruzek’s 22 years of automotive experience doesn’t count the lifelong obsession that started as a kid admiring his dad’s 1964 Chevrolet Corvette — and continues to this day. Joe’s been an automotive journalist with for 16 years, writing shopper-focused car reviews, news and research content. As Managing Editor, one of his favorite areas of focus is helping shoppers understand electric cars and how to determine whether going electric is right for them. In his free time, Joe maintains a love-hate relationship with his 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that he wishes would fix itself. LinkedIn: Email Joe Bruzek

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