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2010 Audi S5

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2010 Audi S5 Review

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The undeniably well-proportioned 2010 Audi S5 marks a late but bold entrance into the luxury performance coupe segment for Audi. A high-performance version of the company's sleek A5, the S5 was actually launched before the "garden-variety" A5, which speaks volumes about Audi's commitment to its performance image. As M is to BMW and AMG to Mercedes, Audi's "S" cars are high performance versions of existing models. While the S5 is no exception to the rule, it is our experience is that it is not as uncompromisingly geared toward performance as BMW's M3, or as luxury oriented as the Mercedes-Benz E550.

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Thanks to an entirely revised chassis, Audi has been able to dramatically alter the layout in both the S5 and A5. The result is firmer handling with much improved weight distribution. The new layout permitted a redesign of the steering system, which now offers a level of feel and precision previously unknown to the brand.

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It's hard to find fault with the 2010 Audi S5, but if you're set on having a moonroof that slides open, you may be disappointed by the (large) fixed glass piece that only tilts, and spans nearly the entire length and width of the roof.

What's New for 2010

Two new option packages are added for 2010: The Drive Select package , which comes with the new Sports Rear Differential, and the Prestige package.

Driving the S5
Driving Impressions

Easily the dominating element of the S5 driving experience is Audi's ever-popular and wonderfully torquey 4.2-liter V8. In the S5, the eager V8 produces 354 horsepower, which fires the S5...

... off with authority at virtually any rpm. The manufacturer claims it will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and our seat-of-the pants evaluation gives us no reason to doubt this. Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system allows more traction than most drivers will ever need to call upon during hard acceleration, and a revised torque split in all models sends 60 percent of torque rearward, allowing a neutral feel that mimics rear-wheel-drive cars. As we've come to expect of cars competing in this segment, the brakes are excellent and powerful.

Rear-View Camera with Guidance Lines
We were surprised to find the medium-sized coupe equipped with Audi's rear-parking system, but once you adapt to backing up while using the monitor, you'll never want to change. The system activates when reverse is selected and automatically shuts off once you've hit five miles per hour in a forward gear.

Electro-mechanical Parking Brake
With the console-mounted switch mounted right beside the shifter, operation of the parking brake is like that of a power window; pull up to set, and down to release. A red light indicates the brake is engaged. It's something easily overlooked until you've lived with the convenience.

2010 Audi S5 Details
2010 Audi S5 photo Interior

Audi's intuitive MMI (Multi-Media Interface) is one of the best central-control systems out there, providing easy access to everything from navigation to seat heating. The eight-way adjustable seats are quite comfortable and supportive, helping to add to the cocoon feeling inside the lavishly appointed cockpit. Despite the coupe's sweeping lines, there is ample head and legroom in the rear seats, which feature well-placed cup holders.

Exterior
2010 Audi S5 photo

Designer Walter de'Silva calls the S5 the most beautiful car he's ever designed. From the aggressive front grille to the Aston Martin-esque roofline and sweeping rear fenders, the design is positively gorgeous. Audi has taken a cue from BMW's angel-eye glowing headlight surrounds and incorporated its own LED arrangement, giving the S5 a futuristic look. The only cues to the S5's performance intentions are quad exhaust pipes tucked into the rear valance and subtle "V8" badges on the front fenders.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In addition to the bevy of high-tech features that are common to the category, the 2010 Audi S5 comes with a large tilting glass panel roof, a three-zone climate control system and speed-sensitive power steering. Unique sport seats, a suggested gear indicator for fuel economy and a 10-speaker sound system are also inside. Outside, 19-inch wheels with high-performance tires are standard, as are heated, power adjustable and power folding mirrors with integrated side LED turn-signal indicators.

Optional Equipment

The S5 can be had with one of the better keyless start systems we've seen – leave the key in your pocket and touch anywhere on the door handle lightly to unlock and open the car, then press the engine start button. Similarly, touch the door to lock the car on the way out. An optional Bang & Olufsen premium sound system provides top-notch audio, with a total of 14 speakers. The premium audio includes surround sound reproduction and dynamic noise compensation. Performance enthusiasts will no doubt opt for the Drive Select package that adds sport rear differential and four preset operating modes: Comfort, Automatic, Dynamic and Individual. The preset modes vary the performance of the steering, suspension and transmission.

Under the Hood

The S5 comes equipped with a 354-horsepower version of the silky 4.2-liter V8 engine that powered the S4 in 2007. The nearly effortless torque available in any gear makes the six available gear ratios of both the manual and Tiptronic automatic transmissions seem almost redundant. Using Audi's gear suggestion display, it's possible to shift at very low rpm to conserve fuel, but the EPA combined rating of 16 miles per gallon is the price you pay for having such reserves of power.

4.2-liter V8
354 horsepower @ 7000 rpm
325 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22 (manual), 16/24 (automatic)

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2010 Audi S5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.7
Out of 10

Based on 45 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.7/10
    Styling
    9.8/10

Can't imagine owning anything else but Audi!

By on Saturday, April 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "sporty, lightening fast, smooth as silk"

Cons: "expensive! very small back seat."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my Audi S5! I had always wanted an Audi, and never knew how much I'd enjoy having one. I bought my S5 CPO (certified pre-owned). It's an amazing car, FAST, and handles with awesome agility. I can't wait until I have the opportunity to purchase a new Audi in the future - can't imagine buying another brand after driving an Audi...I'm in love!"

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Simply, the best!

By on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quality! Great looks! UBER!!!!"

Cons: "Without Audi Care, it can be pricy for maintenance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

UBER S5

"2013 Audi S5.....No leaks. No rattles. No problems! Absolutely the best. The quality is awesome. Everything is tight. Great gas mileage. Awesome speed and handling. Audi is the way to go. We do own a BMW.......but the quality of the Audi, surpasses the BMW. Even surpasses MB. Love this car."

17 people out of 33 found this review helpful

UBER S5

Nicest car I've owned.

By on Saturday, August 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my car used with 46k miles and it is the nicest car I've ever owned. Smooth acceleration and very quick. Pretty quiet on the freeway also. I had a TT before the S5 and loved it. My only complaint is that the MMI system isn't really that user friendly for me. Sound system is awesome and the seating is extremely comfortable. A little difficult for loading passengers but made easier because the seats move forward at the touch of a button. I love this car. Thinking of selling because I dream of an R8 but really ambivalent about giving up this beauty."

14 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Excellent automobile. Difficult to beat the value

By on Sunday, August 9, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Sweet driver. Smooth, quick and commands respect"

Cons: "Back seat entry/exit-- but I don't care really"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Quickest most responsive car I ever owned, and I have owned a lot of cars. Sweet automobile, high quality and a treat to drive."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Audi S5 - Timeless Design

By on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "looks, sport mode, fit and finish"

Cons: "drive mode is a bit sluggish"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I ordered my S5 in February of 2014 from my local dealer and waited 3 months for it to be built to my specs. I have owned the car for just over a year and still find myself gazing at the lines of the car. I swear the exterior styling of the car pays a bit of homage to the 60s muscle cars with it's roofline and tastefully flared fenders. The attention to detail in the interior is exceptional...many say Audi makes one of the best interiors at it's price point and I agree. Press the button to start the car and your rewarded with a nice rumble. In "D" mode the car is almost too passive, but drop it into "S" and soon you realize this car means business. Shifts are crisper, the suspension tightens up and the car downshifts aggressively with a nice little "blip" from the exhaust! Want even a more interactive experience...move the shifter over and flip the paddles to switch gears. You really do get two cars for the price of one....a smooth daily driver and a heck of a sports car. Plus, my ten year old son fit in the back with no problem, as does my medium sized dog (with a seat cover of course)."

18 people out of 39 found this review helpful

I have been thoroughly surprised and pleased...

By on Friday, March 6, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great looks, driving dynamics, stereo"

Cons: "a little thirsty..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I cannot tell you how much I enjoy this vehicle. From the Prestige package on the fit and finish, to the 4.2 V8 that is always ready to please. Excellent driving dynamics and it is beautiful inside and out. One of the best sound systems for a vehicle that I can possibly remember. The Bang & Oluffsen is a perfect match. Well worth the price and I would definitely recommend this to anyone in the market."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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