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2018 Audi S5

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$54,400 — $62,300 MSRP
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Hatchback
4-5 Seats
23-24 MPG
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Overview

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The Good

  • New engines make both models faster
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Styling is more aggressive and sporty
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard
  • Manual transmission is offered
  • Virtual Cockpit

The Bad

  • Many driver aids are optional
  • Rear seat headroom is still tight
  • MMI takes time to get used to
2018 Audi S5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Audi S5
  • New front grille
  • Panoramic sunroof is standard
  • Virtual Cockpit with a 12.3-inch screen is optional
  • New engines in both A5 and S5; standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard forward collision warning with autonomous braking
  • Offered as both a coupe or cabriolet (convertible)

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Audi has fully redesigned the A5 and S5 cabriolets, the convertible versions of the A5 and S5 coupe that bowed this week at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But you might not notice it at first glance.

Luxury coupes are having somewhat of a resurgence (real two-door coupes, not sedans masquerading as coupes) with recent redesigns and introductions such as the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus RC. Now it's Audi's turn with the redesigned 2018 A5 and S5 coupes. They show off updated styling inside and out, new engines and a bevy of new tech features. The A5 and S5 are coupe counterparts to the A4/S4 sedan and share many of the redesigned 2017 A4's updates.

New for 2018

The coupe's profile is largely unchanged, though the difference is in the details with sharper, more dimensional styling front to rear. A wider, flatter grille and lower hood line combine with a lower stance for a more aggressive appearance, while the headlights and taillights are redesigned and up front feature Audi's signature LED daytime running lamps with standard xenon headlights. Full LED headlights (low/high beams) are optional and standard LED taillights get the job done in the rear.

Interior

A floating dashboard-mounted media screen and electronic gear selector highlight two of the most notable changes to the interior's usability, replacing the outgoing coupe's more traditional integrated dashboard screen and mechanical, pull-back gear selector. Audi's optional Virtual Cockpit with 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument cluster is impressive in other Audi models we've tested; the massive display shows high-quality graphics ranging from traditional ...

Luxury coupes are having somewhat of a resurgence (real two-door coupes, not sedans masquerading as coupes) with recent redesigns and introductions such as the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus RC. Now it's Audi's turn with the redesigned 2018 A5 and S5 coupes. They show off updated styling inside and out, new engines and a bevy of new tech features. The A5 and S5 are coupe counterparts to the A4/S4 sedan and share many of the redesigned 2017 A4's updates.

New for 2018

The coupe's profile is largely unchanged, though the difference is in the details with sharper, more dimensional styling front to rear. A wider, flatter grille and lower hood line combine with a lower stance for a more aggressive appearance, while the headlights and taillights are redesigned and up front feature Audi's signature LED daytime running lamps with standard xenon headlights. Full LED headlights (low/high beams) are optional and standard LED taillights get the job done in the rear.

Interior

A floating dashboard-mounted media screen and electronic gear selector highlight two of the most notable changes to the interior's usability, replacing the outgoing coupe's more traditional integrated dashboard screen and mechanical, pull-back gear selector. Audi's optional Virtual Cockpit with 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument cluster is impressive in other Audi models we've tested; the massive display shows high-quality graphics ranging from traditional analog gauges to a full-width navigation display.

The S5 includes unique sport seats standard with contrast stitching and massaging function as well as a unique three-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel. All A5 and S5 coupes have a panoramic sunroof, ambient LED lighting and interior aluminum trim standard. They also feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; an available 19-speaker, 755-watt Bang & Olufsen stereo is optional.

Under the Hood

Two new engines mean more power for 2017. A 252-hp turbocharged four-cylinder is the sole power plant in the A5 and it mates to a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While the A5 has standard all-wheel drive, it uses two unique systems depending on the transmission choice. With the manual transmission, the A5 drives the wheels with a new Quattro Ultra system capable of driving the front wheels only to save fuel, while the automatic A5 uses a more traditional Quattro system with standard torque split 40:60 front to rear. Audi says fuel economy estimates aren't yet available. 

 Under the S5's hood is a new turbocharged six-cylinder making 21 more horsepower than its previous supercharged counterpart. Manual transmission enthusiasts will be disappointed to hear there's no row-your-own option for the S5, as a traditional torque converter eight-speed automatic is the only S5 transmission. Enhancing the S5's driving capabilities is an optional sport package and sport differential that splits torque between the rear wheels to enhance handling.

Audi says the A5 can do zero-to-60 mph in 5.6 seconds with the automatic transmission and 5.7 seconds with the manual, while the higher-performing S5 does 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. For the A5, that's six-tenths faster for the manual and a half-second faster than the automatic. The S5 is a half-second faster than the outgoing S5, Audi estimates.

And If you thought the transmission and all-wheel-drive offerings were confusing, the redesigned suspension has just as many configurations. A5 coupes can come with an optional sport suspension featuring a 23-mm-lower ride height, unique anti-roll bars, dampers and springs, or you can opt for the "comfort adaptive damping" suspension that lowers ride height by 10 mm and uses adaptive, adjustable firmness dampers tunable in the Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual drive modes. On the S5, there's an optional sport adaptive damping system that replaces the standard S5 suspension.

Safety

Standard safety features include Audi Pre Sense City that below 52 mph can detect a collision (vehicle or pedestrian) and apply full braking power. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist are all available. The adaptive cruise control features a traffic jam assist function that Audi says helps maintain a set distance in traffic from zero-to-25 mph by braking, accelerating and providing steering guidance to reduce driver fatigue.

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(4.6)
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(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Most fun car I owned. Superb!

by Shawn E from Beverly Hills, CA on November 9, 2018

Fun car, super responsive, fast, tons of power , elegant, designed very well as a driving machine with great look in mind. My red seats are gorgeous, and the engine power is unmatched. I owned near ... Read full review

(5.0)

My favorite Car

by Richard O from Evansville, IN on October 19, 2018

Have owned Mercedes, BMW, Audi and VW. My S5 seems to be the perfect car for me. Right size, gorgeous styling, and very responsive. Everything I need, plus some Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Audi S5 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Audi S5 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 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/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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