2013 Audi S5 Review: Car Reviews

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Audi S5

FAST FACTS

1. New supercharged V6 replaces V8 with 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of

2. Power is down slightly torque comes on earlier.

3. economy is 18/28 mpg (city/highway) a 7-speed DSG.

4. $51,795 to and $65,145 as tested.

Well, as as V8s may seem to certain people, hard not to breathe a nostalgic when being passed by the S5’s naturally aspirated – a car we advised you to buy last year Audi announced it would the eight-cylinder engine.

That’s you’re going to be getting though.

SUPERCHARGED TORQUE RIGHT OFF THE LINE

You see, with hacking away two all 325 lb-ft of torque is routed to the four round feet via quattro all-wheel drive That’s several hundred sooner than the sacrificed V8, you’d actually have the from a stoplight.

Audi did a few ponies to the glue factory year, though. The supercharged six 333 hp at peak output (5500 compared to 354 at 7000 last How frequently both of those work into daily is between you and the boys in blue, but a good chance you’ll mind the difference.

What you’re sure to on the other hand, is the difference in how the two sound. As AutoGuide.com’s fond of the 2012 model can attest, really no replacing the 4.2-liter On the other hand, the finely V6 is a decent stand in.

The car’s dual sequential gearbox the engine’s limits with a howl before catching its with a low snarl.

By some … of luck, the seven-speed DSG the only option for North buyers. A six-speed manual is available despite being in Europe.

BUMP IN FUEL

That could have to do with the fact that improves with the self-shifter and it also have something to do its slightly improved fuel The MPGs are going up regardless of transmission you pick, but the DSG offers 18 mpg in the and 28 mpg on the highway.

Turn on cruise control and the car hum along at near-idle to offer reassurance that those aren’t lies. On the other a little indiscretion with the and you’ll sink south of the numbers quickly.

In fact, that mileage is a little doing chores for a merciless You might get the reward, but it’s to be tough.

Audi will you get there, though. The car features drive modes, and in the “comfort” you’ll find a dulled and softer steering geared less wasteful transportation.

also a customizable “individual” that raises a vengeful in the S5 better left for secluded of spirited driving. Stabs at the gas send the car surging while can be stiffened for sportier handling.

BEAUTIFUL CABIN FILLED ANNOYING DETAILS

That all toward making the S5 a true to drive — fast or slow. As you expect from an Audi the seats are comfortable and well to the car’s spirited purpose. side bolstering would be a addition, but it hardly hurts the fun

Carbon fiber inserts emphasize that this an A5, as does a shift knob the S5 emblem built in.

Outfitted a Bang and Olufsen stereo it’s hard not to crank the up, just to feel the rich reverberating through the cabin. fear if you don’t naturally toward noise. Sound is strong enough here to any curbside caterwauling where it

Finding something to whine with the S5 cabin is a hard Despite that, there are a few nitpicky things that be much better.

Audi’s navigation system is the worst among its competitors. The map is to use and finding any novelty about a cool car wears off after a few of lost meandering.

The sunroof fully retract. It only open, which is a downer the soft top comes at a $7,000 over the DSG-equipped coupe.

an iPod or iPhone is also a experience. You’ll be forced to use Multi Media Interface in the glove box, without so as a single USB port. The road is no to fiddle with a phone, but far over the passenger’s seat is nonetheless.

Finally — and this goes without saying — the seats aren’t for people. there are seatbelts, but the hunkered-down buckets are best forgotten.

EXTERIOR STYLE

Most won’t be able to recognize the between the 2012 and 2013 S5 on alone. Pull off the 3.0T and it would be hard to blame After all, Audi known for creative style model-to-model.

Regardless, the S5 has one of the best-looking bodies six figures bar none. The headlights, grille, lower lip accents to the fascia and high beltline are yet imposing. Revised head and go further than ever toward bolstering the car’s look, as do the optional 19-inch five-spoke wheels.

There’s no that the S5 is a fantastic car. a head-turner, it still comes a stick and quattro all-wheel makes it livable in cold Still, at $51,795 before any it’s important to realize are other cars that be of better value.

IS IT REALLY THE CHOICE?

BMW’s 335xi is the closest German competitor. Its 3.0-liter six-cylinder makes 300 hp and 300 of torque and when comparably costs about $3,500 than the AutoGuide test which rang in at $68,145 delivery.

If options don’t matter to the BMW is a better deal. Scrapping the a basic 335i with drive is $17,450 less than the entry-level S5. Pick a manual and automatic transmission extra fees and enjoy performance specifications.

The cheapest S5 with nicer interior but you’ll be stuck with a while still spending more.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, a loaded S5 costs about as as an entry-level M3, but isn’t anywhere the performer. For that, you’ll an RS5, which also with a V8. Ferocious as it is, the RS5 is in an entirely price league.

THE VERDICT

all that, the 2013 Audi S5 is a to drive. Its supercharged six-cylinder is than enough to get your pumping. High-quality interior makes it hard to hate German muscle car, but awkward pricing makes it the only thing harder disliking it.

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