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Audi S5: Buying guide and review (2007-present)

Audi S5: Buying guide and review (2007-present) Classic and Performance Car
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Most sporty cars love to show off their performance potential, even when standing still.  Surely if you want something fast then you must also want a big wing, garish paint work with flame decals stuck to your doors? Unsurprisingly, there are those who appreciate driving something sporty without drawing any undue attention to themselves while doing it… 
As it turns out Audi has just the solution in the form of its S range of sports cars. Fitting in between the standard offerings and the full fat RS versions, the S spec cars offer a subtle exterior makeover combined with more powerful engines creating the perfect Q-cars.
The Walter Da Silva penned A5 is perhaps too elegant looking to ever go unnoticed however in S guise the subtle changes to the exterior make it stand out no more than any well specced standard car. The biggest changes take place under the bonnet with uprated engines that push performance uncomfortably close to the RS5. The Quattro four wheel drive system adds that extra level of safety to a great package.
Which one to buy?
An overview of the changes to engines, transmissions and body styles means that there are a number of variants to choose from and there should be an S5 for every taste.
The original S5 was available in coupe form with a characterful 349bhp 4.2-litre V8 providing motive power. It was available with either six-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic transmissions, with this basic specification remaining until the 2012 facelift. 
The S5 Convertible and Sportback body styles introduced in 2009/10 also saw the launch of the 328bhp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged engine which was unique to these body styles until 2012. No manual option was ever made available, offering the new seven-speed S tronic gearbox in its place. The MMI navigation and upgraded infotainment systems were also made available at this point.
2012 brought with it a mid-life facelift, which included changes to the head and tail lights, as well as suspension changes and an updated Quattro system. All models now featured the 3.0-litre supercharged engine and seven-speed S-tronic gearbox. Electromechanical power steering was introduced across the range. Desirable options to look for are the Bang & Olufsen sound system and keyless entry on the earlier models. Adaptive suspension makes a big difference to the ride quality and is worthwhile option to look for as well.
The original V8 coupes especially in manual form are quite different in character to the face lifted supercharged cars, they compromise on low end torque and fuel efficiency but make up for it with a great V8 soundtrack and more better steering feel. The Sportback body style adds the practicality of two extra doors and the efficiency of the updated drivetrain making it the family favourite. Convertibles also have the benefit of the efficient powertrains and transmissions, while offering open top motoring in a practical and desirable package. 
Performance and specs
Audi S5 Sportback
Engine 2995cc 24valve DOHC V6 
Power 328bhp @ 5500-7000rpm 
Torque 325lb ft @ 2900-5300rpm
Top speed 155mph (limited)
0-62mph 5.1 seconds 
Fuel consumption 34.9mpg 
Gearbox Seven-speed S-Tronic
Insurance group 40-42
Dimensions and weight
Wheelbase 2811mm
Length 4718mm
Width 1854mm
Height 1382mm
Weight 1820kg
Common problems
Most early V8s have fallen out of the dealer network by now, so don’t be put off by service stamps from specialists as long as all the maintenance has been carried out correctly. Audi offers a four or five-year warranty extension on its new cars, which is transferable between owners, so it’s worth checking to see if this applies to the car in question.

• The V8 engines are low stressed and there have not been any major issues to worry about, and the 3.0-litre V6 engines are equally reliable. One issue that has started occurring is a carbon build-up in the intake manifold. While not causing damage, this can cause decrease performance, and appears to be a common issue affecting all FSI engines.

• Intermittent electrical issues have been noted by some owners but it seems that the systems affected are random so it is best to check the service history on whether your potential purchase is one of the troublesome cars.

• Headlight control modules can fail, however parts are readily available from the main agents. These arern’t cheap, so make sure everything is working correctly
Model history

2007: Audi S5 launched with 349bhp 4.2-litre V8 in Coupe form. It’s available with either six-speed manual or six-speed tiptronic gearbox
2009: Convertible and Sportback body styles introduced only available with new 328bhp 3.0l supercharged V6 and 7-speed S tronic transmissions. Upgrades carried out to MMI interface and optional navigation system
2012: Facelift carried out across range with changes to head and tail lights as well as trim options. Steering racks changed from hydraulic to electromechanical versions. All models now standard with 3.0-litre supercharged V6 and seven-speed S tronic transmission. Black edition offers upgraded sound system and matte exterior trim finish
Owners clubs, forums and websites
• www.audi.co.uk
• www.audiownersclub.co.uk 
• www.unit20.org – Audi specialists
Summary and prices
Early V8 Coupes without huge mileages start at £15,000 and are the only ones that were offered with a manual transmission option. £18,000 is where the first 2009 model year 3.0-litre supercharged cars start with not much difference between the convertibles and Sportbacks. 
2012 and newer facelifted cars start at around £25,000 which is a decent saving over the £43,000 pricing of a stock standard new S5, before options. A replacement should be announced in the next year or two so these 2012/13 models may well be the best place to put your money.

The S5 is an accomplished all-rounder with some real performance lurking under that unassuming exterior. With a range of body styles to suit a variety of needs it is a great sports car for those who prefer their performance served in a discreet package. 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 17th Dec 2015
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    Audi S5 V8 presented in Meteor Grey Metallic comes with a full Audi service history and the following specification; red leather, heated seats, multi-function leather steering wheel, dual zone climate control, Bang + Olufsen sound system, satellite navigation, heated electric seats with memory and lumbar support, cruise control, xenon headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, bluetooth connectivity, AMI (Audi Music Interface), auto dimming rear view mirror, automatic lights/wipers and 18" alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Coupe Transmission: Manual Mileage: 76,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2008 (08) Doors: 2 Engine Size: 4.2 Finished in: Meteor Grey Metallic

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 76000 mi
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    • Engine size: 4.163
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  • Audi S5

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    Air Conditioning, CD Player, Alarm, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, ABS, Air Bag, Parking Sensors, Cruise Control, Auto Wipers, Must Be Seen, Climate Control, Electric Front Windows, Electric Handbrake, 19'' Alloys, 4x4 All vehicles are located at GU315EA. All come with 12 Months MOT, Pre Delivery Service and 6 Month warranty. Low rate Finance with zero deposit available. Opening hours Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm. Sundays by appointment only. Please call 01730 821816 for further details.

    • Mileage: 93905 mi
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    Audi S5 4.2 V8 Quattro Coupe Manual Deep Sea Blue for sale Cream Primary Hide Black Secondary Hide Carbon Fibre Centre Console Electric Memory Heated Seats Cruise Control Radio CD Multiplay Bang & Olufsen Sound Navigation Front & Rear Parking Distance Control 19″ Alloy Wheels Full Audi Service History.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 54400 mi
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  • Audi S5

    £16,995 £16,995

    Full Service History, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Comms Pack, Full Leather, Powered Folding Mirrors, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Remote Central Locking, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Lumbar Adjustment, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Front Fog Lamps, Premium Cloth soft top, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Handbrake, Power Hood, Electric Sunroof, Push Button Start, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Alloy Wheels, Premium Stereo and Speakers, Tiptronic, Low Mileage, 4x4

    • Mileage: 43150 mi
    • Engine size: 2995
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  • Audi S5

    £17,990 £17,990

    Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Ivory Leather Interior, Electric Memory And Heated Seats, DAB Radio CD, Bluetooth, Bi Xenon Headlights, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Powered Folding Mirrors, Front And Rear PDC, 4x4 Very Low Mileage With An Audi Service History. Over £6000 Of Optional Extras. Very High Specification Which Includes, Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Pearl Silver Leather Interior, Electrically Adjustable Heated Memory Seats, DAB Radio CD, Media Input, Bluetooth, Bang & Olufsen, Bi Xenon Headlights, Auto Lights And Wipers, Front And Rear Park Distance Control, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Arm Rest, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Carbon Atlas Interior Trim, Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Windows, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Alarm, Immobiliser, Isofix. 4 seats, Ice Silver Metallic, We Are A Family Run Business Specialising In Sports, Prestige And Performance Cars. Ideally Located On The Border Of Hampshire, Surrey And West Sussex. Our Showroom Is Situated A Stones Throw From The A3 And The London Waterloo To Portsmouth Train Line. All Vehicles Are HPI Checked And Come With A Comprehensive 6 Month Warranty Which Can Be Extended. We Offer Hire Purchase And PCP Finance Packages At Very Competitive Rates. Pleased To Be Approved Under The Hampshire Trading Standards 'Buy With Confidence' Scheme, Open 9.00-5.30 Monday To Saturday, Sundays And Out Of Hours By Appointment.

    • Mileage: 44000 mi
    • Engine size: 4163
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  • Audi S5

    £19,450 £19,450

    This Beautiful S5 Sportback Quattro Comes Loaded With The Following Spec: Full Audi Service History To Include 8 Stamps, 20 Inch Alloy Wheels, Full Electric Adjustable & Heated Black Leather S5 Embossed Sports Seats, Full Colour Screen Sat Nav, Bang & Oulfsen Speaker Upgrade, Audi MMi IPOD Connection & CD Multichanger, Xenon Headlamps, Adaptive Headlamps, Rear Park Assist, Cruise Control, Auto Lights, Auto Wipers, Auto Dim Rear View Mirror, Leather Bound Multi Function Steering Wheel, Front & Rear Arm Rest, Electric Heated Door Mirrors, Electric Windows, Dual Zone Climate Control, , 2 Keys And Much More, Parkway Motor Group Are An RAC APPROVED Dealer and All Our Cars Come With 12 Months M.O.T, Service, HPI Certificate and an RAC Warranty. RAC In

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    ABS, Immobiliser, Alarm, Traction Control, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Climate Control, Heated Seats, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Electric Mirrors, Sports Seats, Alloy wheels, 4x4, Full service history

    • Mileage: 60000 mi
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