2016 Audi S5
February 26, 2017
After owning a 2010 S5 with the 4.2V8, I recently retired it and purchased a 2016. The car essentially looks the same, but I'm really appreciating the supercharged V6. All in all, I love the S5. It's the perfect combination of luxury, performance, and practicality. With the quattro system and living in Cleveland, I make no compromise with the winter weather. The car is well-built and somewhat rare. There are plenty of faster cars out there, but the S5 just can't be beat. Understated luxury. I love how it is the ultimate sleeper. Some will think it looks like the A5- until they drive in. Yes, I do miss the sound of the V8, but honestly the '16 is quicker and gets better gas mileage. I'm generally getting in the mid-20s for fuel economy.
Pros: gorgeous exterior and interior, relatively quick, excellent fit-finish, exclusivity of the S model (for those in the know), all-weather capability, flat-bottom steering wheel and alcantara interior
Cons: sunroof doesn't open; it only tilts, essentially a two-seater, kind of wish that I would have bought the manual 6 speed
Summary: expensive coupe but life is short and it puts a smile on my face. If you are looking at a 435 coupe, test drive this. It won't disappoint you.