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2014 Audi S5

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2014 Audi S5 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.4

In the great tradition of high-performance luxury coupes, Audi builds one for the coffee-table art-appreciation books. Open a door and you'll find the same level of artistic expression stretching across a beautiful interior. With all that, the 2014 Audi A5 is a wonder to drive. Engines range from the surprisingly strong turbocharged 4-cylinder, increased to 220 horsepower, to the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 of the S5 with 333 horsepower, to the 4.2-liter V8 of the RS 5 with 450 horsepower. Ride, handling, braking, steering and over-the-road manners are everything you might expect. The detail finish is flawless. Open-air enthusiasts can choose the Cabriolet, available in all three power levels. Live where the weather gets bad? Audi's quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) will deal with it. All this and more is why we named the Audi A5 one of the 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 for 2014.

You'll Like This Car If...

The A5 Coupe and Cabriolet are Audi's contributions to the nation's Highway Beautification Program. If that appeals to you, and in the bargain you get a terrific all-around driving experience conducted in sumptuous luxury, then this is your ride.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2014 Audi A5 competes against entrants from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti and others, so you're not without choices. The back seat, even for a coupe, is snug. And, especially in the higher-trim versions, the A5 might test the edges of your budget.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 8.4
  • 8.6
  • 7.8
  • 9.2
  • 7.6
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#4

out of 4

Fuel Economy

#3

out of 5

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.8 out of 10
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2014 Audi S5 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The biggest change for the 2014 A5 is an upgrade in the output of the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine to 220 horsepower. Other changes are in the areas of enhancements to packages and standard-equipment lists and the inclusions of some items that were previously optional being made standard.

Driving the S5
2014 Audi S5 Front angle view photo

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 supercharged 3.0-liter V6 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. Want still more? The RS 5, with 450 horsepower, will get and hold your attention.
Favorite Features

3.0-LITER SUPERCHARGED V6
All the engines in the A5 lineup are terrific, but we really like the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 in the S5, with 333 horsepower, 325 lb-ft of torque, snappy response, silky smoothness and commendable fuel economy. Matched with either the 6-speed manual transmission or 8-speed Tiptronic automatic, it suits the S5 perfectly.

SUPERMODEL EXTERIOR
We don't mind saying it: We think the A5 is drop-dead gorgeous, and its stunning good looks have to be one of the major reasons for considering the purchase.

2014 Audi S5 Details
2014 Audi S5 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Just as the 2014 A5's exterior shines as one of its strongest attributes, so does the interior. Clearly, outside and in, if any modern car is rolling sculpture, this one is. 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. But what really sets it apart are the stunning good looks and exquisite attention to detail.

Exterior
2014 Audi S5 photo

Audi has done an excellent job of crafting a corporate design language that doesn't feel forced or overbearing, and the 2014 A5 Coupe is a beautiful 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, while the lovely flowing curves along the sides, precise creases and crisp detailing finish it off perfectly.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

What more could anyone want? The 2014 A5 Coupe's Premium trim level includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating, automatic climate control, Audi concert radio (10 speakers, Sirius satellite radio and 180 watts), power front seats with driver memory, a panorama sunroof and auto-dimming mirrors. For 2014, the Convenience package – Bluetooth, HomeLink and Audi Music Interface with an iPod cable – is standard. On the S5, the standard Premium Plus trim includes 19-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth touch-free interface, sport seats covered in Silk Nappa leather, sport suspension and 3-zone automatic climate control. Audi drive select, which changes the car's driving character with the push of a button, is now standard on the S5.

Optional Equipment

The A5 Premium package includes power front seats with a driver memory function and auto-dimming mirrors. Audi drive select is included in the optional A5 Sport package. Navigation is a standalone 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. The Black Optic Package is available on A5 and S5 Coupes and the 19-inch Titanium Rotor wheel package is available on A5 and S5 Cabriolet models. The Comfort seat package with ventilated seats is optional on the RS 5 Coupe.

Under the Hood
2014 Audi S5 Engine photo

As a base powerplant, Audi's superb 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged 4-cylinder is almost perfect for the application, and for 2014 receives an increase in horsepower from 211 to 220, with an ample 258 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 may be the sweet spot, with 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The RS 5's 4.2-liter normally-aspirated V8 may seem old school but, behind the wheel of a car with 450 horsepower, who cares?

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
220 horsepower @ 4,450-6,000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/32 mpg (front-wheel drive, automatic), 22/32 mpg (AWD, manual), 20/29 mpg (AWD, automatic)

3.0-liter supercharged V6
333 horsepower @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 2,900-5,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 mpg (manual), 18/28 mpg (Coupe, S tronic automatic), 18/26 (Cabriolet, S tronic automatic)

4.2-liter V8
450 horsepower @ 8,250 rpm
317 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000-6,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg (Coupe), 16/22 (Cabriolet)

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2014 Audi A5 Coupe with manual transmission is right around $39,000; the Tiptronic automatic transmission will add approximately $1,200. The base A5 Cabriolet (FWD, CVT) is over $44,000, with quattro and Tiptronic adding $2,100. The S5 Coupe, with its impressive V6 and manual transmission, is around $52,000, while the S5 Cabriolet is over $60,000. The RS 5 starts around $70,000. When shopping, reference KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price for an indicator of what customers are paying in your area. Audi's predicted resale is very good, with the 2014 A5 Coupe expected to do significantly better than the BMW 3 Series Coupe or the Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe.

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2014 Audi S5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.8
Out of 10

Based on 33 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.7/10
    Quality
    9.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.8/10
    Styling
    9.9/10

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."

9 people out of 16 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!"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Second S5--LOVE this car!!!

By on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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, Engine, Interior, Power"

Cons: "Needs more interactive (Pandora music, etc)"

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

"I owned a 2013 S5, and made the mistake of trading on another car (Tesla--horrible car). I LOVE my 2014 S5--the black optic package is so good looking. I have owned many $100K plus cars--Porsche, etc, and just cannot get enough of this S5. For the price and performance it CANNOT be beat. Amazing engine, interior, torque, maps, design, etc. Glad my new S5 is in my garage!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Like no other car!

By on Saturday, February 16, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Absolute joy to drive"

Cons: "NONE"

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

"Traded in 2007 Civic SI (daily driver) and 2008 Corvette convertible (weekend fun) for my 2012 S5. WOW! This car is amazing in every way. The B and O sound system is the best I've heard in a car. Lots of looks and great comments from strangers. I always start the car with the door open to hear the amazing V8 fire up! It's crazy but my neighbor commented he liked the exhaust note of my S5 over the Vette! You will LOVE THIS CAR!"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

S5 Cab - Mid Life Crisis Completed

By on Friday, December 21, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "looks, sporty, fast, sick with top down..."

Cons: "you get what you pay for....pricey"

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

"I just purchased this 2013 S5 Cab in black. It's incredible and loving every minute. The acceleration is unreal and the exterior look is incredible. Sexiest car ever. Worth every cent."

12 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Awesome ride, a qualified "sport" automobile

By on Tuesday, October 02, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Having traded in an SL500, my impressions have continued to be exceeded by this vehiclle. In every aspect of my comparison to the BMW product of which I was also considering (a family member owns one), it has been an experience that has left no doubt this was the right purchase decision. Handling, comfort (ergonomics), fuel consumption, et al have been superior. I have the Prestige cabriolet and the options on this car are second to none. I would not hesitiate to recomment this vehicle."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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