2018 Audi S5

2018 Audi S5
MSRP range
$54,400 - $58,800
2018 Audi S5

Pros

  • Acceleration is very strong and smooth
  • Superb grip around turns
  • inspires driver confidence
  • Interior is modern, classy and packed with high-tech features
  • A comfortable ride and seats for all-day trips

Cons

  • Interior storage is adequate but not generous
Audi S5 years
2018


Which S5 does Edmunds recommend?

The Premium Plus trim gets our recommendation since you can pick and choose options more selectively than you can otherwise on the fully loaded Prestige. We do suggest adding the S Sport package to get the adaptive suspension as well as the Navigation package for the larger screen and virtual instrument panel.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

8.3 / 10

After a decade, the Audi S5 has finally received a full redesign and the wait was well worth it. This new model builds on its predecessor's best traits, including sleek styling, a refined interior and spirited driving dynamics, and takes them to all-new levels.

In almost every metric, this latest coupe is a prime example of how to do it right. It's a blast to drive, yet it doesn't sacrifice luxury and comfort in the process. We're also impressed with the S5's latest batch of technology features. Compared to rival sport coupes such as the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class, the 2018 Audi S5 rises to the top.

2018 Audi S5 configurations

The 2018 Audi S5 is a four-passenger luxury sport coupe that is a high-performance variant of the A5 coupe. It is available in either Premium Plus or Prestige trim levels. Both are powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (354 horsepower, 369 pound-feet of torque). All-wheel drive is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features for the Premium Plus trim include 18-inch wheels with summer performance tires, automatic LED headlights, automatic wipers, power-folding mirrors with heating, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power front seats (with heating and massage functions), driver-seat memory settings, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, auto-dimming mirrors and interior ambient lighting.

On the technology front, you also get Bluetooth, a 7-inch infotainment display, a rearview camera, a Wi-Fi hotspot, remote control via a smartphone app, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite and HD radio, two USB ports and dual SD card slots. Additional safety features include low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and Audi Connect Care emergency telematics.

The Prestige trim includes all of the above, along with a virtual instrument panel display, streaming internet radio apps, remote vehicle monitoring via a smartphone app, a bigger 8.3-inch infotainment display, a navigation system, a tracepad feature for infotainment input, a top-down parking camera system and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium surround-sound system. All of these items are available as options on the Premium Plus trim.

Other options include the S Sport package (red brake calipers, adaptive suspension dampers and sport rear differential); the Warm Weather package (ventilated front seats and extended premium leather upholstery); an adaptive steering system; and a heated steering wheel. The Prestige trim is eligible for the Driver Assistance package that adds traffic-adaptive cruise control, a traffic sign reader, lane departure warning and intervention, and automatic high beams.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our First Drive of the 2018 Audi S5 Prestige Coupe (turbo 3.0L V6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Driving

9.5
The 2018 Audi S5 is at the top of the class when it comes to driver engagement and performance. It's a blast to drive on a twisty road yet well-mannered in everyday situations.

Acceleration

9.0
There's a brief hesitation when you hit the gas from a stop. But after that acceleration is incredibly smooth. Upshifts are almost imperceptible. It's deceptive how quickly this car gets up to speed, requiring the driver to show high levels of restraint.

Braking

9.0
The pedal is appropriately firm for a performance vehicle like this. After flogging it repeatedly on a challenging mountain pass, we never experienced any fade or softening of the pedal. Under normal conditions, the brakes are easy to modulate and bring the car to a smooth stop.

Steering

9.0
Steering effort feels right in each drive mode (lighter in Comfort, heavier in Dynamic), but there's little feedback to tell the driver when grip is at the limit. The optional adaptive steering feels awkward when accelerating and turning from a stop.

Handling

10.0
The S5 has impressive roadholding capabilities. It easily navigates through sharp turns at speeds that would overwhelm lesser vehicles. The all-wheel-drive system deftly supplies power to specific wheels to aid the car's handling balance around turns.

Drivability

9.5
The initial hesitation is a bit of a letdown, but it's nowhere close to being a deal breaker. The same holds true for the automatic engine stop-start function, but this is typical in most competitors. Otherwise, the S5 is a joy to drive in any condition.

Interior

7.0
The S5's cabin is a wonderful expression of modern, understated luxury. The materials quality is high, and the smart layout of controls makes operation easy and distraction-free.

Ease of use

6.0
There are only buttons for essential controls. You operate everything else through the MMI infotainment system. The simple design and logical placement and grouping of buttons mean you'll rarely have to look down to use them. This is an example of how it's done right.

Getting in/getting out

6.0
The long doors make front-seat access effortless, and the seat-belt presenter eliminates the need to reach back. Access to the rear seats is typical for the class, which means it requires an inelegant crouch and side shimmy to get past the roof and front seat.

Driving position

The driver's seat has numerous power adjustments and a wide range of movement. There's extendable thigh support, too. Drivers of just about any size and shape should be able to find their optimal position.

Roominess

7.0
As you'd expect from a performance coupe, the S5's cockpit has a sporty wraparound feel, but it never feels tight or confining. Backseat space is cramped for adults, but smaller passengers should be fine back there.

Visibility

7.0
The roof pillars are moderately thick, which is typical for any car today. But they don't obstruct your outward view much, and the optional top-down camera system takes away any guesswork in tight parking spaces. Mirrors offer good coverage, too.

Quality

9.0
Even among other great luxury sport coupes, the Audi S5 stands out. All materials are high-quality, and buttons have an identical and precise click. At the same time, interior components have a durable heft.

Utility

6.5
The S5 is about average for interior storage but gets better marks when it comes to trunk space and the convenience items associated with it. The trunk is bigger than the exterior size suggests, though it's not much bigger than average for the class.

Small-item storage

6.5
There's not an abundance of bins or pockets, and they are not particularly large. They offer just enough space for your personal items and not much more.

Cargo space

6.5
The trunk has a 11.6-cubic-foot capacity. That's not great, but it's roomy enough for most daily cargo-hauling tasks. A flat load floor, remote seatback releases, anchor points and retractable bag hangers garner it more points for convenience.

Technology

8.5
The Audi S5 has a lot of high-tech features and makes them easy to use. The virtual instrument panel is particularly good with configurable sections and clear graphics in any light. The MMI infotainment system's evolution keeps it among our favorites.

Audio & navigation

8.5
The optional Bang & Olufsen sound system delivers powerful audio with excellent clarity. The navigation is packed with features and is easy to operate, particularly with the tracepad and voice commands. The MMI system continues to get high marks.

Smartphone integration

8.0
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard equipment on all S5 models. For audio control, Apple CarPlay is preferable to Audi's MMI, but it's awkward to control with the dial rather than a touchscreen.

Driver aids

8.0
The forward collision warning system is well tuned without being overly sensitive in traffic. The blind-spot monitoring is subtle enough to not be a distraction. Stability and traction control are also smartly tuned to give you just enough leeway to have fun but not enough to get you in trouble.

Voice control

Voice recognition is excellent whether through MMI or Apple CarPlay. Apple CarPlay is a bit easier to use with plain speech but does require an internet connection.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Audi S5.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Love this car!
Yolanda,11/05/2017
I love the way this car handles and the quality and technology are excellent. I previously owned a Lexus and this is my first Audi. His car has exceeded my expectations!
In a word - WOW
Amarone_Fan,06/18/2018
Owned the S5 Sportback for 3 days and absolutely blown away with performance, sound (of both car and B &O Stereo system) appearance and ease of use of infotainment system. Far easier to comprehend than Lexus GS system that I’m still trying to figure out after 3 years.
Super satisfied
John Donnelly,07/23/2017
More than enough horsepower. Handling is great
Disappoint at price point
Larry B,03/11/2018
Features that are standard on Japanese competitors are extra cost options on the Audi. Although the base price is attractive getting the S5 out the door makes it a very poor value proposition. On top of that the dealers do not want to discount this model therefore they sit on the lot. Looking elsewhere for better values.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$58,800
MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
354 hp @ 5400 rpm
MSRP
$54,400
MPG
21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
354 hp @ 5400 rpm
See all 2018 Audi S5 features & specs

Safety

Our experts’ favorite S5 safety features:

Audi Pre Sense City
Detects if a frontal collision is likely and warns you if you don't react quickly enough. Can also apply the brakes automatically.
Audi Active Lane Assist
Warns if you begin drifting out of your lane without signaling and nudges you back in line if you don't react.
Audi Side Assist
Informs you if there are vehicles in your blind spots and audibly warns you if you attempt to change lanes.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.9%

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More about the 2018 Audi S5

The 2018 Audi S5 should appeal to car shoppers wanting something between a traditional entry-level sport coupe and the ultimate high-performance variant. In Audi's case, the S5 is more expensive and capable than the lesser A5, but more attainable than the gonzo RS 5.

Standard feature highlights for the base S5 Premium Plus trim include 18-inch wheels with summer tires, a sunroof, Audi Select drive modes, Audi's MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch display, heated front sport seats with power-adjustable side bolsters and massage functions, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The Prestige trim adds a virtual intrument panel, a head-up display, a surround-view camera system, a navigation system, an 8.3-inch display, a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system and the Audi Connect system (with Wi-Fi hotspot, vehicle monitoring and some remote feature control through an app). All of these items are available as options on the Premium Plus trim.

We recommend adding the S Sport package that includes an adaptive suspension and sport rear differential. Also available is the Driver Assistance package that adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams and a traffic sign reader.

At the moment, the Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 coupe is the S5's greatest rival and is similarly priced. It also delivers similar thrills behind the wheel. The C43 has a more traditional luxury car feel while the S5 is newer and more futuristic, even though feature content is comparable.

The BMW 440i xDrive coupe is a little less expensive, but in order to make it competitive with either the Audi or the Mercedes, you'd have to add some M Sport options, bringing it in lockstep with the rest. The 440i is somewhat handicapped in this race since it's been around for about four years, placing it in the middle of its projected production life.

For the time being, the 2018 Audi S5 is the class leader. It delivers impressive performance with no discernable sacrifice in comfort or refinement. Use all of Edmunds' available tools to help you find the perfect one.

2018 Audi S5 Overview

The 2018 Audi S5 is offered in the following submodels: S5 Hatchback, S5 Coupe, S5 Convertible. Available styles include Prestige quattro 4dr Hatchback AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), Premium Plus quattro 4dr Hatchback AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), Premium Plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), Prestige quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), Premium Plus quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and Prestige quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 Audi S5?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Audi S5 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 S5 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 S5.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall8.3 / 10

Driving

9.5 / 10

Acceleration9.0 / 10
Braking9.0 / 10
Steering9.0 / 10
Handling10.0 / 10
Drivability9.5 / 10

Interior

7.0 / 10

Ease of use6.0 / 10
Getting in/getting out6.0 / 10
Roominess7.0 / 10
Visibility7.0 / 10
Quality9.0 / 10

Utility

6.5 / 10

Small-item storage6.5 / 10
Cargo space6.5 / 10

Technology

8.5 / 10

Audio & navigation8.5 / 10
Smartphone integration8.0 / 10
Driver aids8.0 / 10
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

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