Amazing car! First off, this car wasn't even on my radar when I was in the market to buy a luxury sports car. I don't know why, but I think I just assumed it was out of my price range and I didn't eve...
Amazing car! First off, this car wasn't even on my radar when I was in the market to buy a luxury sports car. I don't know why, but I think I just assumed it was out of my price range and I didn't even look. So, I set my eyes on a couple cars. The BMW 335I, Audi A5 and the Jaguar XF. I was after good performance, lots of bells and whistles and all wheel drive. This left me with the BMW. Jag had some reliability concerns, and the Audi A5 didn't have the performance I was looking for. Unfortunately, when you chose the ix model, you lose the ability to chose some of the better styling options like certian wheel choices and such, so my build didn't look like I wanted. So I dropped the AWD option and started looking at the 335is. Little better performance and better styling but the price creeped up.
At this point, totally on a whim, I decided to check out Audi's S models. Enter the Audi S5. On paper it was perfect. AWD, V8 with awesome performance and a Godly sound and feel, and a few more options than the 335is and cost about the same after adding all the options to the 335 that tha audi comes with by default. So, I went for a test drive. It was love at first sight! From a styling standpoint, it was hands down better looking than the BWM or Jag. It's also more rare. I see BMWs everywhere. They are a dime a dozen. It's very rare to see an S5 on the road. I've only seen 2 in the 5000 miles I've so far put on this car, and never seen one on the road previous to owning one.
The test drive was awesome. I test drove a Stick, but ultimately went with the Automatic becuse I live the the DC area and traffic can get bad. After driving a stick here for 5 years, my clutch foot was tired of it. The seats were very comfortable and the side bolsters kept you much more snug than the BMW. The Alcantara seats and beautiful and feel great. They clean way easier than I thought they would. I have black leather seats with white Alcantara inserts. Spilled coffee on them once, and it comes out with a clean cloth and light water very easily. Also speaking of drinks, the cupholders in the Audi are FAR better than the BWM. Might as well not even have them in the BMW, pretty worthless. Anyway, Comfort, sound, feel, performance, looks and cool gadgets won me over. The Audi MMI is way better than the BMW Idrive. I find it much easier to use. I also upgraded to the Bang and Olefsen sound system and it's totally worth the extra cost.
Now, the BMW did have more room in the back than the S5. But, I don't really care much about the back seat. I've had friends back there and they are pretty cramped and the front becomse a bit cramped because you have to scoot the seats up so far to give them leg room. I just consider it a 2 seater now and that is fine by me. The front has more room than the BMW with no one in back. I felt a little claustrophobic in the BMW while driving. Seems things were too close to me and I couldn't adjust out of it. No such problem with the Audi. It felt great.
As far as performance, not a lot of cars can push 0-60 in under 5 seconds and most of those that can are way outta this price range, or just not even close to the luxury class.
As far as Gas milage is concerned, it's really not bad for a V8. So far, during my comutes to and from work, a mix of Highway and City driving I average 21MGP per tank. Now, whien i'm 100% around town I'm 15-17 just like every other V8 sportscar on the market. Longer trips i've seen 26mpg. Just like you can get in other V8 sports cars too.
This car has a wow factor. I get stares constantly. On the road, at the store, at the gas pump. There is always someone looking it over. It's certianly very eye catching.