While the Audi S5 does all the rational things you’d apprehend from a adventurous auto actual well, it doesn’t bear the captivation you ability appetite aback the affection takes you. There’s no abstinent its absorbing performance, but the way it delivers this ability isn’t the best exciting. It’s beautifully built, there’s lots of hi-tech kit accessible and with four-wheel drive it’ll be abating year round. The S5 aloof ability not be as abundant fun as some rear apprenticed rivals.
Like the afresh appear S4 alehouse and estate, the £47,000 Audi S5 auto goes aback to what a fast Audi originally was. The RS models aloft this second-tier S achievement ambit are the in-your-face power-crazed monsters – and they attending it. Now, the S agency caters for the acute buyer absent added alert performance.
And on that subject, you can’t abjure the S5 exudes chaste confidence, with alone a few administration cues to differentiate it from bottom S Line models. These accommodate the S5-specific single-frame chrome grille, glassy accomplishment addition mirrors and cautiously altered advanced and rear bumpers with a matt diffuser insert.
While the administration isn’t advocate compared to its predecessor, there accept been some added cogent changes to the S5 beneath the skin. The old 3.0-litre supercharged V6 has been replaced by a turbocharged 3.0-litre assemblage of the aforementioned agreement that produces 349bhp and a advantageous 500Nm of torque.
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There’s some able tech involved, too. The turbo is placed central the butt banks to advance response, and there’s absolutely annihilation amiss with the way it pulls. Throttle acknowledgment is appropriate in Dynamic mode, and the agent delivers a able about-face of speed, accelerating the S5 from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds.
With £900 adaptive dampers on our car the S5 rides almost able-bodied in Dynamic approach accustomed its 19-inch wheels, with adequately close anatomy control. Drop it into Comfort and the acquaintance relaxes, with the abeyance abatement abundantly to annular the edges off bumps with added finesse.
However, no amount what approach you’re in, the cardinal consequence of the S5 is that it feels a little lifeless. Sure, it has to awning both bases of actuality a adequate cruiser and alms achievement on demand, but the aftereffect is a clinical, removed activity to the way the S5 goes about its business.
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Unlike the blow of the A5 range, the S5 uses a accepted eight-speed auto rather than a seven-speed S tronic bifold clutch. And while it’s bland best of the time and aciculate to about-face up in chiral mode, downshifts can be laboured.
The steering’s quick, and with four-wheel drive you can angular on the S5’s anatomy in corners, but it doesn’t feel actual adjustable. The beeline agent and oh-so able all-wheel drive arrangement leave the car activity a little collapsed from the driver’s bench – this is a 349bhp achievement coupe, but it doesn’t appoint you like a BMW 440i would.
Still, a 440i doesn’t avowal appearance like Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit (a £250 option), or as glossy a berth design. The widescreen agenda punch backpack is teamed with an 8.3-inch infotainment affectation that includes Audi’s Navigation Plus arrangement as standard, so there’s affluence of ambit to accept what you appearance on the two screens.
You can add acumen to the account of positives, too, as the S5 boasts the aforementioned 465-litre cossack as the A5 it’s based on, which Audi claims is the best in its class.
Leg and allowance is adequate in the rear, and it’s alone a four-seater so alike adults won’t be awkward for width. It’s ample in the advanced admitting a big centre console, and this makes the S5 feel upmarket, forth with the accurately accomplished trim inlays and actual affection you’d apprehend from a car costing alert as much.
It’ll alike be almost able if you aren’t too abundant with your appropriate foot. Audi claims it’ll acknowledgment 38.2mpg and afford 170g/km CO2, so accustomed the straight-line acceleration on offer, £210 alley tax seems almost reasonable.