2013 Audi S5

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Audi S5. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Too much steering assist for a sports car
  • Moonroof doesn't retract (coupe)
  • Highway wind noise (convertible)
  • Nose-heavy handling (convertible)

Notable Features of the 2013 Audi S5

  • Performance offshoot of the A5
  • Restyled exterior
  • Newly available Audi Connect telematics system
  • Coupe's V-8 replaced with convertible's supercharged V-6
  • Rear-biased AWD

2013 Audi S5 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The performance-oriented four-seat S5 and its layman sibling, the Audi A5, are aimed straight at their fellow two-door heartthrobs: the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Both the S5 coupe and S5 Cabriolet (convertible) are powered by a 333-horsepower, supercharged V-6.

New for 2013
The S5 coupe now uses the supercharged V-6 engine from the S5 convertible, replacing the 4.2-liter V-8 previously offered.

In addition to the new engine for the coupe, the S5 gets a redesigned front bumper along with a new grille, hood, headlamps and LED daytime running lights. There's also a restyled rear bumper. On the inside, the Multi Media Interface controls have been restyled, and there are new chrome accents. The newly available Audi Connect telematics system uses 3G cellphone technology to enable Google Maps satellite-image overlays, real-time gas prices, weather information, news and Wi-Fi service for up to eight devices.
Exterior
The S5 is instantly recognizable as an Audi, with the brand's customary wide-mouth grille flanked by lower air intakes. The car looks downright angry, thanks in part to angular headlights. Exterior features include:

  • LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Sport suspension
  • Quad exhaust

Interior
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
  • Chrome interior accents
  • Silk Nappa leather up...
Vehicle Overview

The performance-oriented four-seat S5 and its layman sibling, the Audi A5, are aimed straight at their fellow two-door heartthrobs: the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Both the S5 coupe and S5 Cabriolet (convertible) are powered by a 333-horsepower, supercharged V-6.

New for 2013
The S5 coupe now uses the supercharged V-6 engine from the S5 convertible, replacing the 4.2-liter V-8 previously offered.

In addition to the new engine for the coupe, the S5 gets a redesigned front bumper along with a new grille, hood, headlamps and LED daytime running lights. There's also a restyled rear bumper. On the inside, the Multi Media Interface controls have been restyled, and there are new chrome accents. The newly available Audi Connect telematics system uses 3G cellphone technology to enable Google Maps satellite-image overlays, real-time gas prices, weather information, news and Wi-Fi service for up to eight devices.
Exterior
The S5 is instantly recognizable as an Audi, with the brand's customary wide-mouth grille flanked by lower air intakes. The car looks downright angry, thanks in part to angular headlights. Exterior features include:

  • LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Sport suspension
  • Quad exhaust

Interior
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
  • Chrome interior accents
  • Silk Nappa leather upholstery
  • Automatic climate control
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo

Under the Hood
The S5 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 seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split
  • Available sports rear differential

Safety
Standard safety features include:

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

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Dream Car for Enthusiasts

by BijalR from New York, NY on September 20, 2018

Dream car for driving enthusiasts - it has a 350 hp engine, sporty feel, and fresh air w/ convertible. Handles incredibly well, and premium sound system is amazing w/ top down. Read full review

(5.0)

Simply Incredible Vehicle

by Hunter on August 24, 2018

I have driven everything from Ferrari?s to Aston Martins and I would still take my Audi S5 over anything else. Everything about it is quality and it is incredibly fun to drive. The power is excellent ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Audi S5 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Audi S5 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Audi

Program Benefits

Comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, 1 Year/Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty coverage, transferability of the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and CARFAX® Vehicle History Report.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 Year / Unlimited Miles

    1 Year/ Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty features 1 Year / Unlimited Miles of warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired and coverage honored at over 300 Audi dealerships service centers throughout the U.S., total confidence is yours as you take the road less traveled.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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