2017 Audi S5 Review
Pros & Cons
- Classic styling that looks good from any angle
- Supercharged V6 gives it the power to match its looks
- Corners with athleticism without a punishing ride quality
- Interior is a model of understated luxury
- Many of the latest safety and technology features are not offered
- There's no available USB port
- Backseat is cramped
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 2017 Audi S5 is remarkably easy to live with, yet it's ready to thrill whenever you get the urge. Power from the supercharged V6 is plentiful, and this one is virtually vibration-free, even as it approaches the redline. The standard steering system manages to be both calm on the highway and responsive in turns. We also like the feel of the sport differential during aggressive driving, though you won't get much use out of this feature unless you're comfortable taking corners with all four tires squealing.
Drivers who choose the coupe's stick shift will be rewarded with precise, positive action through the gates. That's no knock on the S tronic automatic transmission, however, which supplies silky-smooth shifts in normal driving yet reacts quickly to the manual commands of the paddle shifters, executing rev-matched downshifts with clinical precision.
Even with the Audi S5's sporting personality, ride quality remains quite pleasant overall. The optional adaptive suspension gives the driver some choice in the matter, but we think the standard calibration strikes an agreeable balance between comfort and control. Whether you're on a twisty mountain pass or in the midst of a cross-country trek, this handsome two-door is a rewarding traveling companion.
Much like its exterior, the 2017 Audi S5's interior has held up well over time thanks to its elegantly simple design and excellent materials. Most controls are logically placed, and all buttons and knobs have a quality feel. It loses some points for the lack of a USB port; instead it has a proprietary cable that supports only the latest Apple devices.
Front passengers will appreciate the well-shaped seats that provide plenty of support over extended trips and hold you in tight when cornering. Rear seat passengers, on the other hand, will find the child-sized accommodations lacking in head- and legroom. The convertible top does get high marks for its quick operation and ability to keep out wind and road noise.
Cargo capacity for the coupe comes to 12.2 cubic feet, which is smaller than rivals. The convertible takes away another 2 cubic feet, but the folding rear seats offer good overflow space.