2009 Audi S5 User Reviews
- Fast, brilliant looks, powerful high revving V8, loads of technology, AWD, killer exhaust note.
- First you pay the gas guzzler tax, then it guzzles gas that has tax applied. Nav system is, well. Th
Purchased As New
This is my third S car from Audi, and as a former Audi master mechanic I can really tell you that this car is not made like prior models. The 6" engine setback and 60/40 power distribution makes the car actually steer with the throttle in the corners. VERY UN-AUDI-LIKE. Lets just say it this way, on the roadrace track it didn't eat the front tires. They're wearing as fast as the rears. If you've owned an AWD Audi and you've driven it hard on the track, you probably wouldn't believe that, but I swear it's true! The brakes are the biggest stock ones yet and for once didn't ablate into oblivion when on the track even with stock pads.
If you want people looking at you, get this car.
If you like picking your nose in privacy at stoplights, DONT.
People have actually gotten out of their cars and ran over to me asking questions and praising it's looks. The compliments are unending!
I can talk for hours about the engines oiling system or the PTO gear reduction direct drive rear mounted accessories for A/C, P/S, water pump, oil pump-- the only thing with a belt is the 200 amp alternator. Yet despite this technical understanding of most things Audi, spending 45 minutes with the owners manual in front of me I was unable to plot in my destination into the NAV system when the car was new. I've since learned how and as such it's OK. It's not that you choose the Nav system because you want nav. You choose it because it changes the car you get, changes the dashboard entirely, changes it into what Audi intended. Skip nav and you'll end up with a lot of blank spots where buttons would be. Buttons buttons everywhere, there's three ways to turn the volume of the stereo up, two of them using dedicated buttons. Which to use? Which do you prefer? How much lighting do you want in the footwells? Got winter tires on and want the speedometer corrected? No problem. This car lets you set everything the way you want it without a trip to the dealer. And if you want most other cars on the road to be BEHIND you, it'll do that in spades. With a 354HP on tap, a 12.5:1 compression ratio accomplished only via direct injection on pump gas, it will sound like a NASCAR if you remove all four mufflers. It is UNREAL! The cats are in the headers and only in the headers, so a full exhaust system is smog legal, if not pricey.
The key never has to leave your pocket with the technology package which should be standard. But even loaded this car costs $10k less than a similarly equipped BMW M3, and even then all I'd end up with is another high horsepower rear wheel drive tire spinning monster. Want that? Get a Corvette and save some money. This car is actually lighter than a convertible M3, so with two doors, an engine facing in the "right" direction, manual trans, V8, 255/35/19" tires on all four corners, make no mistake. This is not a "Grand Touring" car. It IS a sportscar! I can't wait until Top Gear reviews it finally. Everyone will be in for a surprise when the Stig gets behind the wheel, trust me. Hello increasing used-vehicle value...
With 35,000 miles now, it is my secret weapon. It is fast anywhere, in any driving condition (tires willing), and is very forgiving. Turn off the traction control and it'll do donuts in the wet. Sending more power to the rear makes "quattro" unlike anything since the 80's with the lockup differentials that are long gone in Audi's past.
It has the same seats as the R8, and many sensors and electronics that the Bugatti Veyron has. Yes for $60k you too can have a car that shares parts and technology with a car that has a $2M pricetag.
But that's not why everyone looks. They look because the lines are HAWT. The only thing that will get you more attention is if you had a strobe light on the roof.
Speaking of which, so far the cops have been nice and all commented on how much they liked the car as they wrote me speeding tickets. Whoops. So there are some downsides... :)...read morehide
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- Sexy lines, mucho muscle, awesome handling
- So thirsty, this car must be a diabetic!
Purchased As New
So, I've got a "woody" for this coupe. I traded in my '08 A5 on this incredible '09 S5. The A5 was a nice enough car, but add the muscle of the throaty V8, mucho sexy lines, and bilateral adjustable front seats; and, I was had! Got the Ibis White with sharp Tuscan Brown and brushed stainless interior, and every available option. The handling on city streets and freeway is erotic. The S5 coupe is NOT for the faint of heart... you'll get looks from the girls and the boys!...read morehide
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- outstanding looks inside & out, everyday comfort paired with fun performance.
- City mileage, Navigation system is not the best (no traffic!)
Purchased As New
I took delivery of my S5 (Phantom Black with NAV, TECH, B&O and manual transmission) on October 16, 2007 (first in the US) and have put over 19K on the car. Only issue so far was a fuel sensor replaced under warranty. I have brought this car skiing, on the track in Loudon, NH and Watkins Glen, NY and on vacation with three people. If I go to dinner it's commonly parked in front of restaurants in Boston. No matter what I ask of this car it does it very well, looking great all the time. It continues to get stares and thumbs up daily after 19 months of ownership. Interior ergonomics are great, as to be expected with Audi. Seats are supportive through corners and comfortable on the highway. At 6' I can even manage to sit in the back seat without discomfort.
Audi is currently building the best looking cars that perform well given their luxury and all wheel drive burden of weight. For an everyday car used for commuting or weekend trip to the beach or up a snow covered mountain pass, the S5 cannot be beat at any price. My only reason for trading in the S5 would be for an RS5 if they come stateside. If you're considering a 4 seat coupe look no further, this is it.
Other cars I considered at time of ordering/purchase were: Audi RS4, BMW 335xi Coupe. While both are good cars, they don't look nearly as good and interiors are lacking compared to the S5. Performance is too close to be a determining factor for me, even if the others may be slightly faster in some cases....read morehide
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- Performance and design
- Gas tank too small
Purchased As New
Exceptional looks, good preformance, nice riding. Great for long trips. After 13 months, I still get comments about how great it looks and you don't see many others on the road. All wheel drive is great in the winter.
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- Very Fast
Purchased As Not Purchased
This very fast Audi S5 is the best Audi that anyone with money can afford. It is an AWD sports car which needs a lot of gas. This Audi will grab a lot of attention. Maybe not so much like the R8 but the S5 will definitely get a lot of hot girls after it. The manual transmission really gives you the feel of the S5. The automatic will just be boring because you don't really know how this beauty drives. LED headlights and taillights just made Audi more famous ever since the R8 had them first. Now the A3, A4, A5, Q7, R8, S4, S5 and so many more Audis will have the LED lights. But Audi has advanced with their new looks and performance on the S-line models. Tons of people said that the 335i is better but I don't really think so because it is competing against an S model from Audi. But Audi S5 really can give you the comfort and speed when you are a passenger and behind the wheel. Tons of people said that the whole Audi console is bad because they have to press all these buttons which they don't feel like pressing. One day I will buy the S5 with magma red leather and in a nice silver or gray color with manual transmission. THANK YOU AUDI FOR BUILDING SUCH A BEAUTIFUL AND FAST CAR!...read morehide
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- Solidly built, exceptional fit and finish, attention grabber.
- A thirsty car with a very small gas tank.
Purchased As New
I have owned my S5 for 15 months and, overall, I have been quite happy with it. The 4.2 V8, while heavy, provides more power than I will ever need for daily city and highway driving. As is the case with Audi's, the interior is well appointed, conveniently laid out and ergonomically correct. The back seats are suitable for small children but that is about it. In the road holding and handling department, the car is good but does feel "heavy" at slower speeds. A word of warning: despite the Quattro all wheel drive, be VERY cautious driving in the snow!!! The car is a handful in slippery conditions. Gas mileage, abysmal for the first 5,000 miles, improves as the car is run in, but do not expect anything over 14/16 mpg for city/highway driving. Add to that a very small gas tank, and you will be stopping at gas stations at an alarming rate. The brakes, in my opinion the best aspect of this car, are well balanced and provide good feedback. The car will stop on the proverbial dime.
While I have experienced a small number of niggly faults with the car, Audi service is exceptional and has been a great plus while owning this car. Small issues such as a burnt out running light, badly scuffed leather on the drivers seat after at less than 1,000 miles, cracking of the start/stop button and a couple of dash board rattles were quickly fixed....read morehide
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- the car is a true sportscar.i love the sound system.the ride is very comfy
- i drive it everywhere im spending a lot in gas.
im one of the only people to own one of these cars in my area.it took 10 months to arrive but well worth the wait.at least 5 times a day i am stopped because someone likes my car.the car is very fast even at speeds over 125 i still have complete control.i cant wait to push it even faster.any car that can do over 100 in 4th gear is awesome.my car is black pearl with red leather.not only is the interior very comfy ,everything is at my reach....read morehide
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- High luxury coupe, great engine, great sports look and still refined
- AWD is very nice but not good for a sports car. DSG instead of the Tiptronic
The S5 is a great car. Outstanding looks, excellent interior, material quality and finishing; High tech, with everything to be expected from a Audi. When you enter this car, you just forget about the 335i/M3 series
The things that should be worked: A AWD sports cars is never as good as a RWD. The AWD makes the car heavier, compromising the balance due to heavier front; the acceleration and high speed performance besides increasing fuel consuption. Besides that, in my opinion, the big V8 could be replaced by a bi-turbo V6, lighter, with the same output or more, being lighter and faster, with better balance.
In general, when AUDI understands that the S and RS cars must be RWD, with compressed engines (compressor or bi-turbo), they will come to a position where BMW and MB will be out of question. This way, they will have lighter cars, with better balance, acceleration and high speed performance, with much fan to drive....read morehide
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