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2013 Audi S5

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2013 Audi S5 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.5

The 2013 Audi A5 is one of the last great luxury-performance coupes, big enough on the inside to comfortably fit two adults, but sophisticated enough on the outside to convey a sense of style and exclusivity you won't get from a Mustang or Camaro. Sportier versions include the supercharged S5 and the lightning-quick RS 5 complete with a 4.2-liter V8 producing 450 horsepower. For those who prefer the open air, both the A5, S5 and RS 5 also come in convertible trim known as the Cabriolet. Audi's quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) permits year-round traction in foul weather, something many coupes and convertibles can't deliver.

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The 2013 Audi A5 series provides the kind of grace and beauty seemingly lost on so many cars today, yet doesn't sacrifice comfort or confidence in the process. Fuel economy and power go hand-in-hand with the A5, and most models can be equipped with a manual transmission.

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In the luxury category, Audi's 2013 A5 faces some stiff competition from the BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Those needing a coupe with a usable rear seat will find the A5 doesn't quite make the grade.

What's New for 2013

For 2013, the A5 and S5 receive a revised grille, bumper and headlight treatment as well as the addition of Audi Connect on models equipped with MMI and navigation. The S5 get a new supercharged 3.0-liter V6, while last year's 4.2-liter V8 migrates to the all-new RS 5.

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 2013 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 all-new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and the quattro AWD 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
Although the naturally aspirated V8 in last year's S5 Coupe produced marginally more horsepower, this year's supercharged 3.0-liter V6 in the S5 delivers just as much torque and at a lower engine speed, making it just as usable in most driving situations. In addition, the V6 is also vastly more fuel-efficient.

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, 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.

2013 Audi S5 Details
2013 Audi S5 photo 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 among carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, stainless steel or gray birch.

Exterior
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Audi has done an excellent job of crafting a corporate design language that doesn't feel forced or overbearing, and the 2013 A5 Coupe is a perfect poster child for the company's efforts. Audi's trademark single-frame grille, LED accent lighting, finely tailored sheetmetal, expressive fenders and sleek profile give the A5 an undeniable distinction. For 2013, buyers may choose to equip the A5 with S line exterior treatments that include more expressive front and rear bumpers, side skirts, doorsills and badges.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In examining the list of standard equipment of the 2013 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 3-zone automatic climate control.

Optional Equipment

For 2013, 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. Audi Connect allows searches using Google Earth providing realistic terrain imagery, as well as the ability to send destinations from any browser directly to the car.

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 RS 5's 4.2-liter V8 may seem old school but, behind the wheel of a car with 450 horsepower, who cares?

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
211 horsepower @ 4,300 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg (AWD, manual), 20/30 mpg (AWD, automatic), 24/31 mpg (front-wheel drive, automatic)

3.0-liter supercharged V6
333 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 mpg (manual), 18/28 mpg (S-Tronic automatic)

4.2-liter V8
450 horsepower @ 8,250 rpm
317 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg (automatic)

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2013 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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