2018 Audi S5 review

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Audi S5 highlights

Customer rating


  • Powerful turbocharged V6
  • Smooth and solid suspension, all-wheel-drive grip
  • Luxury car interiors don’t get much better than this


  • Limited trunk volume on convertible
  • Interior storage is only OK

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 29 highway, 23 combined

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Audi fully redesigns the 2018 Audi S5 hatchback, coupe, and convertible

It’s all fresh and new for the 2018 Audi S5 coupe, convertible (Cabriolet), and four-door hatchback (Sportback). A complete redesign brings along a 345-horsepower turbocharged V6, updated exterior styling, and a cabin that’s one of the best in the business when it comes to overall quality and refinement. The newly introduced S5 Sportback provides a larger trunk and roomier rear seat than its two-door siblings. All three S5 variants are available in two trims: Premium Plus and Prestige.

The S5’s turbo V6 is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that clicks through gears seamlessly, routing power to standard all-wheel drive. The interior is a visual and tactile treat thanks to standard leather seating and an easy-to-use infotainment system. A 7-inch touchscreen is standard and comes with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, voice commands, and two USB outlets. A larger 8.3-inch screen is fitted when the optional in-car navigation is ordered. Another tempting tech upgrade is the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit, a highly customizable digital gauge display positioned directly in front of the driver.

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What is new for the 2018 Audi S5?

  • The S5 is available in a variety of new trims, including the Premium Plus and Prestige.
  • The Base trim has been discontinued for 2018.
  • S5 trims have been upgraded with Seat Massagers, Head Up Display, Rear View Camera, Parking Sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Spoiler, Power Hatch/Deck Lid, Soft Top, Turbo Charged Engine, Android Auto, Navigation System, Apple CarPlay, and CD Audio as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Cruise Control, Rear Seat Heaters, A/C Seat(s), Heated Steering Wheel, and Lane Departure Warning features are now available as options on select trims.

2018 Audi S5 trims

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What We Like

Performance: Acceleration is there whenever you need it, courtesy of the turbocharged V6 nestled in the engine bay. All-wheel drive gets power to the road seamlessly, and it also gives the S5 a great degree of control and stability in all sorts of driving conditions.

Interior: Audi didn’t skimp when it came time to crafting a world-class cabin for the 2018 S5 lineup. Everything looks and feels like it’s built to last, the seats are supportive, and the infotainment system is super simple to use.

Practicality: The S5 Sportback takes the regular S5 recipe and adds a hefty dose of practicality. It has a more adult-friendly second row, not to mention a trunk that measures in at 21.8 cubic feet in capacity.

What Needs Improvement

Snug rear seat on coupe and convertible: Opting for the coupe or convertible means trading some rear passenger space for the added style and drop-top enjoyment these models provide. If you need a more usable second row and bigger trunk, consider the Sportback.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.7 out of 5

6 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Audi S5 an overall reliability rating of 2 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks Audi S5 63rd out of 68 among Luxury Midsize Cars.

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Audi S5 features and specs

Premium Plus 4WD/AWD 2D Convertible

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Seat Massagers
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Soft Top
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • CD Audio
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Rear Seat Heaters

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Engine type

Turbo Gas

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Leg room

F 41.3"/R 33.3"

Head room

F 40"/R 36.3"

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