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2012 Audi S5

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2012 Audi S5 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.6

The 2012 Audi A5 and its more sporting counterpart, the 2012 S5, deliver comfort, performance, handling and luxury, all wrapped in a package that is stunningly gorgeous on the outside, beautifully sumptuous on the inside and crafted with impeccable fit and finish. Powered by a range of smooth, powerful and fuel-efficient engines, and offering the availability of Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, the A5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet, S5 Coupe and S5 Cabriolet provide extremely appealing options in a market full of stiff competition.

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The 2012 Audi A5 line continues to offer buyers beautiful, emotive styling that walks the line between grace and aggression. In addition, fuel-efficient powertrain options and the availability of Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system make the Coupes and Cabriolets attractive choices.

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Buyers shopping in this segment are fortunate to have a wealth of choices, and the 2012 Audi A5 line is up against a host of stiff competition The BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Infiniti G37 Coupe each offer varying levels of panache, sportiness and luxury.

What's New for 2012

Audi has differentiated the 2012 A5 Cabriolet from its Coupe sibling with a new 18-inch, 15-spoke wheel design. There's an 18-inch, 10-spoke V-design wheel on the Coupe, while new S line trim options add a sportier appearance and nicer interior details.

Driving the S5

Driving Impressions Audi has led luxury automakers in the utilization of weight-saving aluminum chassis structures, and that pays huge dividends in how the 2012 A5 performs on the road. The A5 Coupe...

offers terrific balance above all else, with excellent poise and a comfortable ride in just about any reasonable situation. The S5 Coupe, meanwhile, delivers blistering speed and over-the-road competence, courtesy of its brawny 4.2-liter V8 engine and the quattro all-wheel drive system. Even with its remarkable power, the S5 Coupe can easily and precisely be manipulated through your favorite corners, and you don't have to be an expert driver with a racing background to appreciate its handling prowess and refinement.

3.0-liter Supercharged V6
Though the naturally-aspirated V8 in the S5 Coupe produces marginally more horsepower, the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 in the S5 Cabriolet delivers just as much torque and at a lower engine speed, making it just as useable in most driving situations. In addition, the V6 is vastly more fuel-efficient, beating the V8's fuel economy by three mpg in the city and four mpg on the highway.

S tronic Dual-Clutch Transmission
With the precision of a manual and the convenience of an automatic, the dual-clutch transmission, which is standard on the S5 Cabriolet, is a significant advancement in delivering the power to the wheels and embellishes the S5's capability for easily and efficiently putting pavement in the rearview mirrors.

2012 Audi S5 Details
Interior

There are plenty of attributes that help define the A5 line as a viable alternative to, for example, the BMW 3 Series, but the A5's interior shines as one of the most important. Front occupants are treated to leather seats that offer excellent support without sacrificing accessibility, and the driver-oriented gauge cluster and center-stack help lend the cabin a sporty feel. The S5, meanwhile, goes even further with a spread of Nappa leather and a variety of unique dash inlays. Buyers may choose between carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, stainless steel or gray birch.

Exterior

Audi has done an excellent job of crafting a corporate design language that doesn't feel forced or overbearing, and the 2012 A5 Coupe is a perfect poster child for the company's efforts. Audi's trademark single-frame grille, LED accent lighting, finely-tailored sheet metal, expressive fenders and sleek profile give the A5 an undeniable distinction. For 2012, buyers may choose to equip the A5 with S line exterior treatments that include more expressive front and rear bumpers, side skirts, door sills and badges.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In examining the list of standard equipment of the 2012 Audi A5, it's tempting to ask the question: What more could anyone want? The A5 Coupe's Premium trim level includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating surfaces, automatic climate control, Audi concert radio (with 10 speakers, Sirius Satellite Radio and 180 watts), power front seats with driver memory, a panorama sunroof and auto-dimming mirrors. On the S5, the standard trim level is called Premium Plus and includes 19-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth touch-free interface, sport seats covered in Silk Nappa leather, sport suspension and three-zone automatic climate control.

Optional Equipment

For 2012, the Audi A5 is now available with an optional Convenience Package that offers Bluetooth, HomeLink and Audi Music Interface with an iPod cable. The A5 Premium package includes power front seats with a driver memory function and auto-dimming mirrors. Additionally, navigation is now a stand-alone option, which many buyers may appreciate. And A5 Prestige models are now fitted with adaptive headlights and a handy lane-change assist function.

Under the Hood

As a base powerplant, Audi's superb 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged 4-cylinder is almost perfect for the application, with adequate (211) horsepower and an ample (258 lb-ft) level of torque. The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 may be the sweet spot (available only in the S5 Cabriolet), with horsepower - 333 - close to that of the Coupe's V8, yet in a more efficient package. The S5 Coupe's 4.2 liter V8 may seem old school but, behind the wheel of a car with 354 horsepower, who cares?

2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
211 horsepower @ 4,300 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy:
21/31 (quattro manual), 21/29 (quattro automatic), 22/30 (front-wheel drive, automatic)

3.0 liter V6 Supercharged
333 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (S tronic automatic)

4.2 liter V8
354 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22 (manual), 16/24 (automatic)

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2012 Audi S5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.7
Out of 10

Based on 37 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.7/10
  • Comfort
    9.8/10
    Styling
    9.8/10

Fun to drive

By on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "No voice activated system"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"One issue that I was not happy with is that the S5 convertible doesn't have a voice activated phone or command system where the hardtop does. For whatever reason Audi doesn't install it in the convertible is beyond me. Other manufactures install it in there convertibles. After all the top is not down all the time"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Great drivers car

By on Saturday, October 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great driver"

Cons: "none"

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

"I have owned this car now for 4 months. It is a Prestige model.Driving the Audi S5 is absolute fun for cornering like it is on rails. The more you drive this car the more you enjoy driving. Car gets lots of attention wherever I am even at Gas Station. The fit and finish is fantastic and very tight. B and O sound is great and the v8 engine is strong and actually gets pretty decent mileage for a car of this caliber."

14 people out of 23 found this review helpful

A very well built car. Fun to drive.

By on Friday, October 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great in the snow and Ice"

Cons: "No cons."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"the car is actually remarkable in the snow and ice. It is a fun car to drive and is strong enough to be an everyday drive car. I would recommend to a friend who wants a sports car that can go in the snow and ice and has some room in the back for your kids."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Own the Convertible Version-Excellent

By on Thursday, May 29, 2014

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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: "Excellent all around vehicle"

Cons: "Expensive, but worth it. 9/10 for value."

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

"Bought this vehicle after looking at other convertibles and trading a Honda S2000. Wanted the power of the Honda, but needed some practicality. Where else can you get a convertible with AWD, seating for the wife and kids, a usable trunk, and can autocross on the weekends? Use it all the time, even driving through winters in Ohio, just need to put on winter tires."

23 people out of 40 found this review helpful

awesome sports coupe

By on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, power, handling"

Cons: "rear seat comfort"

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

"Fantastic build quality, very fast supercharged motor, handling 4 wheel drive is great! Elegant yet simple styling and lines on the car, large useful trunk. MPG better than expected, 22 in mixed driving. B & O sound system a must! Highly recommended."

18 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Beautiful design-exciting to drive

By on Monday, January 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I own a 2011 S5 Cab - premium plus with the MMI DVD/ nav pkg which includes a rear camera and parking sensors and the the comfort pkg which includes ventilated seats and what Mercedes calls air scarf which blows warm air on your neck which is nice in cool weather with the top down. I agree with most of the comments but I do want to point out a few cons that have not been mentioned. This is a car that lists for 63k and does not have specific features that u think would be standard ...so be careful when buying a used one. For example, no memory on even the driver seat and auto dimming is not included on the side mirrors nor does the passenger mirror dip when in reverse, a nice feature when parking. A USB connection would be appreciated and it's hard to eliminate the brake squeal when braking at low speeds. I believe some of the "cons" have been addressed in the latest models but it's still surprising that in a car at this price point they are not included as standard features. Ps....only the Germans have not found a way to control the brake dust!"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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