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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 Coupe

    £33,500 £33,500

    Variant name:Coupe Special Editions S5 Black Edition ,Derivative:S5 Black Edition ,Variant: 3.0 T FSI quattro (333PS) Black Edition Audi A5 S5 Quattro Black Edition 2dr S Tronic

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 15000 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Audi S5 Coupe

    £24,995 £24,995

    Variant: 3.0 T FSI quattro (333PS) Black Edition Audi S5 3.0 T FSI quattro (333PS) Black Edition Coupe finished in Monsoon Grey, metallic. Specification includes bang & olufsen sound system, 19" x 9j '5-arm rotor' design titanium finish alloy wheels w, 3-spoke multi-function flat bottomed steering wheel with ge, privacy glass, colour driver's information system (dis), storage package, Audi music interface (ami), parking system Plus - front and rear, Audi quattro Sports differential, black edition, Audi exclusive black high-gloss styling package, inlays - piano-finish black, tie down straps and 12v power socket.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 19388 mi
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  • Audi S5

    £18,950 £18,950

    COMPETITIVE NO DEPOSIT 5.9 % APR ON REQUEST, 50 % OFF 3 YEAR PREMIUM WARRANTY OFFER, A 3 YR WARRANTY IS AVAILABLE NORMALLY £1999, A 50% DEALER CONTRIBUTION LEAVING £995 TO PAY, WEAR & TEAR ''INCLUDING WORN PARTS'', PARTS & LABOUR, NATIONWIDE COVER, NO EXCESS, COURTESY CAR, UPTO CURRENT MARKET VALUE, PRICE MATCH GUARANTEED ON LIKE FOR LIKE VEHICLES, LATE NIGHT VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT, ALL OUR VEHICLES ARE HPI AND MILEAGE VERIFIED Here We Have A Stunning Audi S5 V6T Quattro In The Best Colour Combination Phantom Black With S5 Embossed Black Leather Sports Seats And Full Interior Carbon Inlays, This Must Have Vehicle Also Comes With A Full Documented Service History And A Very Impressive Specification Including;, Mmi Navigation Plus, Audi Music Interface With Bang + Olufsen Sound System, Dvd Player, Memory Heated S5 Embossed Black Leather Sports Seats, Bluetooth Phone Prep, Parking System Plus, Chrome Line Exterior Pack With Electric Folding Wing Mirrors, Finished Off With Unmarked 20'' 7 Twin Spoke Alloy Wheels, A Viewing Is Highly Recommended For This High Performance Sports Vehicle.

    • Mileage: 38000 mi
    • Engine size: 2995
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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

    • Mileage: 72613 mi
    • Engine size: 3000
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  • Audi S5

    £18,995 £18,995

    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
    • Engine size: 4200
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  • Audi S5

    £16,750 £16,750

    4x4 This Beautiful S5 V8 Quattro Finished In The Desirable Colour Of Sprint Blue Comes Loaded With The Following Spec: Full Audi Service History To Include 3 Stamps, 19 Inch Alloy Wheels, Full Electric Adjustable Exclusive Tan Leather S5 Embossed Sports Seats, Full Colour Screen Sat Nav, Xenon Headlamps, Adaptive Headlamps, Rear Park Assist, Audi AMI Ipod Connection, 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, Carbon Fibre Dash Inlays, 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 Wa

    • Mileage: 67286 mi
    • Engine size: 4200
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  • AUDI S5 - 2011

    £19,993 £19,993

    RAC INSPECTED, RAC WARRANTY INCLUDING 1 YEAR RAC FULL COVER. Top Brand Cars are pleased to offer this stunning S5, Full Audi service history last carried out 27/05/2016, Four wheel-drive, 4 seats, Grey, This true super car comes with a very high spec and some of the extras include SATNAV with voice control, Reversing camera, Full red napper leather with heated electric front seats, Audi Multi Media with Bang and Olufsen sound system, I-Pod connectivity, Multi function steering wheel with gear box paddle shift, Daytime running lights, Auto headlights, Rain sensitive wipers. This car has also had Permanent ceramic paint protection coating costing over GBP 1000.00. For full spec feel free to call our sales team. Viewing by appointment only. Part exchange welcome. Finance available. Debit and credit cards taken

    • Mileage: 44000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.163
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