2018 Audi S5 coupe

Pros: Satisfying acceleration; ride and handling balance; interior fit and finish

Cons: Cramped back seat; complicated infotainment controls; pricey options and packages drive up bottom line

CG Says: The 2018 Audi A5 and S5 coupes and convertibles are redesigned and joined by a new 4-door hatchback sedan that Audi dubs Sportback (reviewed separately). There is also a new high-performance RS 5 coupe. The A5’s previous 211-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is replaced by a 252-hp turbo 2.0-liter that is paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. The sporty S5 is powered by a 354-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that replaces a 333-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6. The hot RS 5 has a 444-hp twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6. An 8-speed automatic is the sole transmission for the S5 and RS 5. All models have standard all-wheel drive. Available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, vehicle-exit assist (a feature that warns of approaching cyclists or vehicles when occupants exit the vehicle), and turn assist (a feature that can detect approaching oncoming traffic when making a left-hand turn). Other available features include a surround-view camera system, head-up instrument display, heated/ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate controls, and Audi’s “Virtual Cockpit” digital gauge cluster. Audi’s excellent redesign of these coupes and convertibles helps keep them at the head of their class. The A5/S5/RS 5 range is sophisticated, stylish, and capable, and the ferocious RS 5 has performance to compete with the BMW M4 and the Mercedes AMG C63. If you’re shopping for a premium sporty/performance coupe or convertible, be sure to check out these Audis.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices A5 2.0T Premium coupe: $43,775
A5 2.0T Premium Plus coupe: $46,775
A5 2.0T Prestige coupe: $51,375
A5 2.0T Premium convertible: $50,575
A5 2.0T Premium Plus convertible: $53,575
A5 2.0T Prestige convertible: $58,175
S5 3.0T Premium Plus coupe: $55,575
S5 3.0T Prestige coupe: $59,975
S5 3.0T Premium Plus convertible: $63,275
S5 3.0T Prestige convertible: $67,675
RS 5 coupe: $70,875

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (A5)
Horsepower
252
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (S5)
Horsepower
354
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-30

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 (RS 5)
Horsepower
444
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

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2018 Audi A5 convertible
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2018 Audi RS 5 coupe
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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