2012 Audi S5

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

182.5” x 53.9”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Acceleration
  • Braking
  • Cabin materials
  • All-weather capabilities
  • Folding rear seat
  • Backseat space

The bad:

  • Too much steering assist for a sports car
  • Clutch can be tricky at low speeds (manual coupe)
  • Moonroof doesn't retract (coupe)
  • Highway wind noise (convertible)
  • Nose-heavy handling (convertible)
  • Navigation system needs more street labels

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Performance offshoot of the A5
  • Four-seat coupe or convertible
  • 4.2-liter V-8 (coupe)
  • Supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 (convertible)
  • Rear-biased AWD
  • Partial-LED headlights

2012 Audi S5 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The performance-oriented four-seat S5 and its layman twin, the A5, are aimed straight at their fellow two-door heartthrobs: the BMW 3 Series coupe and Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe. The S5 coupe comes with a 354-horsepower V-8, all the better to compete with BMW’s M3 coupe.  The S5 Cabriolet (convertible) has a 333-hp, supercharged V-6.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

The S5 is instantly recognizable as an Audi, with the brand’s customary wide-mouth grille flanked by lower air intakes. The car seems downright angry, thanks to a grille with vertical chrome bars and angular headlights. Exterior features include:

  • LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Sport suspension
  • Quad exhaust

The S5’s dashboard has a broad dome that overlaps the gauges and central information screen, which incorporates the optional navigation system. Interior features include:

  • Front sport seats
  • Silk Nappa leather upholstery
  • Automatic climate control
  • Available Audi MMI navigation system
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo

Under the Hood
The S5 coupe has a direct-injection 4.2-liter V-8 that’s good for 354 hp and 325 pounds-feet of torque. The convertible has a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 333 hp and 325 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:

  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission (V-8)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission (V-6)
  • Standard all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split
  • Zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds (coupe) or 5.1 seconds (convertible)
  • Available Audi drive select and sports rear differential

Standard safety features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags (coupe)
  • Electronic stability system

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.3
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Most recent consumer reviews


My very last car for keeps

I hunted the entire country for my SE S5 Prestige Cabriolet Convertible. I had purchased one in Miami, but it was so popular that the dealer re-sold it for an even higher price and issued a refund. The overall design of the car is stunning & the features are everything a Handicapped driver could ever wish for. With the exception of braking; All the controls are right on the steering wheel. During my search, I found 2 for sale in the entire country. 1 was up North in Michigan (snow, ice, & road salt territory) and the other was in Houston Texas. I had it shipped to a local business just off the interstate, where I got my 1st ride in my last car As I do with every vehicle, I made my 10 year old car look like a 3 year old with a change to the newer RS rims, black drilled & slotted rotors and all black chrome emblems. I have made it a sleeper by toning down the flashy appearance but it still draws compliments everywhere I go. The features like the blind spot detection, automatic stabilization, 7 speed dual S-tronic transmission allows incredibly fast shifting or automatic if desired, while alerting you to other cars that are close, or if there is a change in the road conditions. The rear view camera with park assist makes it easy to back up with instant alerts if something enters the area behind. The top can be lowered and raise with the key fob or windows can be opened or closed without even getting in the car. with the top down, there is still plenty of trunk space, and the noise level has been designed to be minimal interference to conversation or music. Handling is a dream and it can be driven with one finger at 100 mph which is unbelievably easy to do without trying. There are 2 things that lowered the reliability rating that, in my opinion, should have been corrected. The harmonic balancer & main dive pulley are 2 pieces, bonded together with rubber. When it comes apart, it shreds the accessory belt and appears to be a clutch pulley to the (even seasoned) mechanic. It still provides plenty of torque to avoid throwing any error code, but it will shred belts until it is replaced, That belt is behind the belt for the turbocharger and the is no clearance between the radiator and the tensioner adjustments to change the belt, unless you put the front end of the car in service mode. The other setback is in the turbocharger iself. The inter-cooler elements themself can crack and leak coolant into he rear cylinders causing a low coolant condition with no evidence of a leak anywhere (mimics a bad head gasket). it would be nice if these 2 crippling conditions were made a little more well known to improve dependability and save a ton of money getting unneeded replacement parts. Overall however; this is the only car that came stock, with all the features I ever wanted and then a couple more. The governor comes on at 165 mph while the speedometer goes to 200 and it is clear that there is more power available. If you were to get racing tires, the computer will remove that limit. I've driven 1000 cars & owned 50 or more & this one is tippy top dog. It is a ton of fun and though plain, remains very attractive and catches everyone's eyes.


Beautiful car, when it worked

Loved my 2012 S5, kept it perfectly maintained and it was low mileage for the year. Ended up needing an engine replacement at only 65k miles, this was after spending over $10k on it to keep it running in the previous year.


Solid performance matched with 5 star comfort

Solid sport performance - All seasons - Quality materials, engineering, and design.....definitely a head turner....Exhaust tuning will turn heads..... Best in class! Best in Value!

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Roadside assistance
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Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year or 20,000 miles (whichever occurs first)
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
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