2009 Audi S5: Upside Down and Backwards
February 18, 2010
With regards to ergonomics, two things about the Audi S5 are back a**wards -- the power door lock buttons and the sunroof shade. As I noted with other Audi vehicles, the power door lock buttons on the doors are upside down, the opposite of what convention (and logic) dictate. Normally "down" equals lock and "up" equals unlock. Heck, it's been that way since the old manual door locks...you know, the one's you'd try to pull up with a bent coat hanger -- slipped through the weatherstrip -- when you locked the keys in the car. And yes, that's a photo of another S5's door panel but apart from the two-tone trim, it's the same.
The sunroof shade is likewise odd. Rather than pulling it towards the windshield to close it, you have to push it towards the rear of the car. One may argue, what's the difference? Either way, you're moving the shade to and fro. But for some reason, it's easier to pull it towards the windshield to close it, rather than vice versa. Maybe because you can grasp the front of it with your thumb as you pull it towards the windshield, something you can't do when pushing it towards the back. But look on the bright side -- at least you're giving your triceps a little workout in the process.
Hey, when a car is this good, there's not much to complain about...
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 17, 197 miles