2016 Audi S5

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

182.7” x 54.3”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Supercharged V-6's smooth, linear power
  • Responsive dual-clutch transmission
  • AWD system's rear-biased torque split
  • Appearance with Black Optic Package
  • Visibility

The bad:

  • Shift delay in auto transmission's manual mode
  • Extra-firm base suspension
  • Too much power-steering assistance
  • Loud brake squeal
  • Console MMI buttons take eyes from road

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Midlevel performance version of A5
  • Supercharged V-6 engine standard
  • Coupe or soft-top convertible
  • Manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive standard

2016 Audi S5 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2016 Audi S5?

The all-wheel-drive four-seat 2016 Audi S5 is a performance version of the automaker's A5 model, available as a coupe or convertible. It competes with vehicles like the BMW 435i, Mercedes-Benz C350 coupe and the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. It is available in only one trim, the 3.0T Premium Plus coupe or cabriolet. The Audi A5 is covered separately on Cars.com.

What's New on the 2016 Audi S5?

For this model year, the S line exterior trim is now standard, and Premium Plus models are outfitted with a Bang & Olufsen sound system. A red top is newly optional for the convertible.

How Does the 2016 Audi S5 Compare to Other Luxury Coupes?

Although it is expected that optional features can significantly bump up the price of a luxury vehicle, there are several features, like a backup camera, that should come standard but don't here. Because this is a performance vehicle, the torque-vectoring rear differential should also be standard on the S5. Although there are many areas where the S5 shines, it needs a few improvements to stay competitive in the class.

What Features in the 2016 Audi S5 Are Most Important?

The Audi S5 is powered by a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Significant standard features include Quattro all-wheel drive, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, LED running lights and taillights, a power soft-top with acoustic fabric (convertible), rollover protection (convertible), tri-zone climate control and leather seats. As required in all new vehicles, the S5 is also equipped with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Significant available features include adaptive cruise control, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, the Audi Connect information system, adaptive suspension and a blind spot warning system.

Should I Buy the 2016 Audi S5?

Its impressive performance due to the supercharged V-6 and responsive dual-clutch transmission make this model a contender in its class, and the Black Optic Package sets its appearance apart from competitors. The S5 does have a few drawbacks, however, like overly assisted steering and the extra-firm base suspension.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Amazing used car!

I got my 2016 S5 with 65k. I graduated from a 328xi and oh my what a pleasure. After 20,000 km and 4 oil changes she continues to perform. Dropping from 19" to 18" wheels and the Quattro drive made winter driving more than manageable. I have the flat bottom wheel..wish it was heated. Starts without issue in -35 celcius. The cockpit is just perfect with really comfortable seating. 7 speed double clutch makes moving through the gears really sweet. Breaking is just right for me. Very important to me is to have the MMI embedded in the dash. I hate those big sceens consuming the focus of the interior. Overall I am really satisfied.. Use 94 octane fuel for best performance. So much fun...


One of the most fun and enjoyable cars I've owned.

What a wonderful sports car. Extremely fun to drive and turns a lot of heads! My first experience with Audi and I'm in love! The handling and power out of the Quattro 3.0TSFI is fantastic. Thinking of getting a Q7 now to replace our current SUV.


One super impressive keeper of a car.

3 yrs in my garage. Love driving it. Livable shortcomings, a lovely touring car. Fabulous build quality. Super reliable and well made. Find one and get it.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
12 months/5,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
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
Roadside assistance
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