This basic set up is the same throughout the Audi A5 range so all customers can enjoy the taut drivability.
This basic set up is the same throughout the Audi A5 range so all customers can enjoy the taut drivability. Of course there are trim differences, for instance the Sport models have a sport suspension system, which is lowered by 20mm and 18-inch alloys in place of the standard, 17-inch. The Audi S5 goes a step further with 19-inch alloys and 'S' sport suspension and an enhanced braking system, which can seem a little severe until you get used to it. But then, the ability to stop quickly, when necessary, is a good thing.
As well as this, all of the Audi A5s have ESP as part of the driving dynamics assistance system, which also includes ABS, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) and Traction Control. Not content with encompassing all of that, the system also cleans the brakes at regular intervals when it is raining and compensates for 'brake-fade', has a trailer stabilisation function and can, in conjunction with cruise control, maintain a constant downhill speed. The ESP system can be switched off in two stages; the first deactivates the traction control to allow for a bit of wheel slip, and the second stage switches it off completely.
It is comforting to know that these systems are available and inspire the confidence to explore twisting roads, for which you are well rewarded, but unlike some other systems, it doesn't feel blatant or overwhelming in its various activities. Then, of course, there are the quattro versions featuring the latest generation, permanent four-wheel-drive system, which just gets better and better.
Audi S5 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Audi S5|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||5.4 seconds|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||35.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 16/01/09)||£40,790|