Adjustable Suspension? Not Necessary - 2009 Audi S5 Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Audi S5: Adjustable Suspension? Not Necessary

August 17, 2009


I've noted in previous posts that the Audi S5's optional adjustable suspension isn't worth it. Now I'm convinced.

See that insanely perfect road above? I took that route on my way up to Monterey this weekend. Went the whole way through with the suspension in "automatic" mode. Loved every minute of it, which is possible with pretty much any car on this road.

On the way back, I took the same route, only this time I used "comfort" mode for the highway stretches and "dynamic" mode for this particular section. Did the S5 feel great? Sure, but not any better than it did before. It still understeered at the limit and sent an occasional shock through the body on the highway, but it was fine.

So, in other words, give me a well-tuned standard suspension any day of the week and leave the adjustable stuff to the racecars.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @7,548 miles

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