Audi denotes the achievement levels of its cars with the belletrist A, S, and RS, with the closing brace blame the hottest models. Which makes the 2021 S5 auto and cabriolet the added best able affiliate of the Audis that accept the cardinal “5” on their decklid. While the four-door S5 Sportback is advised separately, it shares the aforementioned 349-hp V-6 powertrain and accepted Quattro all-wheel drive as its two-door siblings. The auto and cabriolet (read: convertible) accept a abundant abate aback bench and beneath burden amplitude than the Sportback, but their rich-looking and tech-heavy cabins accept the aforementioned adorable architecture and flush features. The S5’s counterbalanced ride-and-handling characteristics accomplish it accessible for the disciplinarian to about-face from airy canoeing to active driving. But the S5 lacks the airs of more-aggressive rivals like the Mercedes-AMG C43.
For 2021, Audi makes the aboriginal of changes to the S5 auto and convertible. These updates abide of anew accepted lane-departure warning, wireless Apple CarPlay, and an chip assessment bore that’s congenital into the rearview mirror. The closing is a transponder that allows drivers to admission accordant toll-road casework in the U.S. and Canada. The alternative Convenience amalgamation now comes with a acrimonious council caster as able-bodied as advanced and rear parking sensors. The Atramentous Optic amalgamation now adds an alternative black-painted roof too. The S5 Premium Plus trim includes accepted adaptive cruise ascendancy with alternate technology, a top-view camera system, and a council caster with hands-on detection. Every Prestige archetypal now has acrimonious rear seats.
Don’t get us wrong. We adore communicable application in a adventurous drop-top as abundant as the abutting person, but we don’t like the added amount and added weight of the S5 cabriolet. Instead, we’d go with the auto adaptation and accept the Premium Plus model. Although this trim is added big-ticket than the abject Premium, it has added adorable accepted appearance that accommodate a absolutely agenda barometer cluster, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, acquiescent keyless entry, a acrimonious council wheel, advanced and rear parking sensors, wireless charging, and added leatherette surfaces throughout the cabin. We’d covering our S5 in audible District Green acrylic and accept the Atramentous Optic amalgamation (20-inch auto on summer tires and atramentous exoteric trim). We additionally like the racier attending of the carbon-fiber autogenous accents, and we’d be behindhand if we didn’t aerate our S5’s achievement with the S Sport package. It adds sport-tuned adaptive dampers, a torque-vectoring rear differential, and red anchor calipers.
All S5s appear with the aforementioned 349-hp turbocharged V-6 engine, an eight-speed automated transmission, and all-wheel drive. Thanks to its launch-control arrangement and all-wheel-drive traction, the aftermost S5 auto we activated delivered aggressive dispatch in a chic of quick alternatives. In our testing, it went from aught to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Despite the added weight, the convertible S5 cabriolet that we activated was still affluence quick, hitting 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Both absorbing two-door S5s we activated were able with the alternative 19-inch achievement tires and the S Sport package, which adds a torque-vectoring rear cogwheel and adaptive dampers. As equipped, our analysis cars sported close but still adjustable rides. The auto additionally came able with the Dynamic Council option, which quickens the council the added the caster is angry from center. We begin the arrangement aloof and unpredictable; we acclaim adjoin it and that you break with the accepted fixed-ratio council setup.
With a almighty turbocharged V-6 and accepted all-wheel drive, one ability apprehend the S5 auto and cabriolet to accept not-so-great ammunition economy. However, the EPA expects the fixed-roof adaptation to acquire 20 mpg in the burghal and 27 mpg on the highway—choosing the convertible reduces both ratings by 1 mpg. While we’ve activated a auto on our 75-mph real-world route, we haven’t activated one back the government bargain its artery appraisement from 30 mpg aftermost year to 27 mpg this year.
The S5’s autogenous is apparent by soft-to-the-touch, expensive-feeling materials, high-quality fit and finish, and a convenient design. Both disciplinarian and front-seat commuter are advised to adequate and ample power-adjustable seats, while rear-seat riders are larboard with the bald minimum of adequate space. Those in charge of added rear-seat allowance should attending at the four-door S5 Sportback, which has a best wheelbase and offers added allowance for rear passengers. The S5’s autogenous starts with a bourgeois but avant-garde dashboard architecture that’s disconnected calm with laser-tight precision. Additionally, every S5 includes luxuries such as advanced seats with heating and beating functions, three-zone altitude control, and push-button start. In our testing, the S5 auto captivated as abounding attache accoutrements as the aftermost 440i auto we tested, authoritative it one of the top rated in its segment. Meanwhile, the convertible swallowed as abounding carry-ons in its block as the C43 cabriolet. Additionally, the S5’s analogously low lift-over acme and advanced block aperture accomplish loading items into the burden bay an accessible affair.
Every S5 is outfitted with Audi’s latest infotainment software, which is displayed on a high-mounted 10.1-inch touchscreen. The arrangement additionally can be operated via articulation acceptance and steering-wheel controls, but the automated rotary ambassador on the centermost animate has been nixed. Along with accepted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, the S5 can be able with a slick-looking 12.3-inch absolutely agenda barometer cluster, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 705-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The 2021 S5 hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS). Instead, the auto and convertible accept a apartment of accepted and alternative driver-assistance gear. Key assurance appearance include:
The S5’s assurance is boilerplate for the class. Kudos to Audi for alms adulatory appointed maintenance, alike if it doesn’t aftermost as continued as added manufacturers, such as BMW.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED: $68,550 (base price: $59,975)
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled Miller-cycle V-6, aluminum block and heads
Displacement: 183 cu in, 2995 ccPower: 354 hp @ 6400 rpmTorque: 369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automated with chiral alive mode
DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 108.8 inLength: 184.7 inWidth: 72.7 in Height: 53.9 inSAE volume: F: 52 cu ft R: 35 cu ftTrunk volume: 12 cu ftCurb weight: 3942 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:Zero to 60 mph: 4.3 secZero to 100 mph: 10.9 secZero to 140 mph: 25.4 secRolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.6 secTop gear, 30-50 mph: 2.8 secTop gear, 50-70 mph: 3.5 secStanding ¼-mile: 12.9 sec @ 107 mphTop acceleration (gov ltd, mfr’s claim): 155 mphBraking, 70-0 mph: 150 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.94 g
FUEL ECONOMY:EPA combined/city/hwy: 24/21/30 mpgC/D observed: 21 mpg
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