When Audi UK offered to hand me the keys to the new Audi S5 I accepted them with open arms! After spending a week with this car i pretty quickly established that it is good at everything. It doesn't have a stand alone trump card that really makes you talk about the S5. I see it more as an all round package that does everything you throw at it well. Having owned an Audi myself many years ago (a 2003 S3 to be exact) one of the things that I instantly noticed was how far Audi interiors have come over the years. Style, elegance and luxury all fit the bill of the new S5. The virtual cockpit in all new modern Audi’s is something of a spectacle that could have you entertained for hours. Having the ability to watch your driving route from above almost like a fighter jet pilot through its use of google earth is pretty impressive.
Let’s start with how it looks. It's sharp lines that have evolved and become more aggressive since the introduction of the A5 range 10 years ago make this car look the part. It screams sophisticated and elegant. The quad exhausts on the S5 work really well giving the rear a nice aggressive feel to it. The tracking LED indicators, the carbon fibre inserts on the interior and the quilted woven leather seats that provide the driver and passenger with a choice of 3 massages make this car a great place to be. My daily commute to work involved sitting in traffic and i promise you it was the most comfortable traffic i have ever sat in.
It doesn’t skimp on the performance either. The new S5 packs a 3.0 V6 turbo engine which pumps out close to 350bhp and 369 ft-lb of torque. This results in a 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds. i found that there was plenty of low end torque and with the 8 speed box in manual mode it is an engaging and fun drive as you power through each gear relatively quickly.
In the Daytona grey the S5 looks great, it’s comfortable, it’s fast, it delivers a glorious sound but are there any negatives?
Once you factor in the S line adaptive suspension this car will set you back just shy it £58k. Arguably you get a lot of car for the money, lots of tech and luxury all fall into price of the car. But for me the S5 can sometimes feel a bit like a magpies nest. I only say this due to the amount of chrome found on the exterior of the car and my personal preference is the more stealth de chromed look.
Other than my own personal preference on a few cosmetic bits of body work, the Audi S5 is a very capable car that delivers a great driving experience. I have been fortunate to have driven a number of press cars delivered to me over the last year but this car was the one the mrs really didn't want me to give back! I can’t help but think what the RS5 is like as a driving experience..
Check out my YouTube videos below on Audi S5. A first drive video with Tom Howard aka The Gentleman Racer and an interior and exterior overview.