2009 Audi S5

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14 reviews
Available Price Range $16,352-$29,440 Trims1 Combined MPG 18 Seats 4

Our Take on the 2009 Audi S5

Our Take

The performance-oriented S5 and its layman twin, the A5, are aimed straight for their fellow two-door heartthrobs: the BMW 3 Series coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class. The S5 gets a 354-horsepower V... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Clutch can be tricky at low speeds
  • Too much steering assist for a sports car
  • Gas pedal too close to driver
  • Moonroof doesn't retract
  • Gas-guzzler tax (manual transmission)

Notable Features

  • Performance offshoot of the A5
  • 354-hp V-8
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear-biased AWD


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in November 2007 about the 2008 Audi S5. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's changed for 2009, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.Audi's lineup has no shortage of performance, with various S and RS cars, but it lacked a high-performance coupe — until now. Th... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

Based on 14 reviews

better value used

by almo from northern new jersey on May 6, 2011

Bought a 2 year gently used coupe (only 5K miles) and couldnt be happier. A real head turner, I am the envy of my office. Car gets much better milage than expected (25mpg highway). Biggest complaints,... Read Full Review

1 Trim Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2009 Audi S5.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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