Shoulda Been a Hardtop Part 2 - 2009 Audi S5 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Audi S5 Long Term Road Test

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2009 Audi S5: Shoulda Been a Hardtop Part 2

August 28, 2009

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On Tuesday I posted that the Audi S5 shoulda been a hardtop. Some of you agreed and some of you did not.

I think Mercedes agrees.

On Wednesday I drove home in this blue 2010 Mercedes E550 Coupe, a newly redesigned direct competitor to the Audi S5 and one of the few true hardtops still on the market.

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Notice how sleek and this Benz looks with no B-pillar and all four windows down. I also noticed a huge visibility improvement whether the Mercedes' windows were up or down.

By the way, as you can see, the Benz's sunroof also slides open, while the Audi's does not.

What do you think?

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

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