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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 Cabriolet

    £54,000 £54,000

    Variant: 3.0 quattro

    • Year: 2017
    For sale
    Marshall Motor Group-Marshall Audi of Oxford
    01865 566035 VIEW CONTACT NUMBER

    £13,990 £13,990

    A SUPERB LOW MILEAGE CAR WITH ONLY 2 OWNERS AND A HIGH SPECIFICATION. OVER GBP 7000 OF OPTIONS. FULL AUDI HISTORY. HEATED LEATHER. SAT NAV. B and O. XENONS. AUDI PARKING SYSTEM PLUS AND MORE. This car comes with a full Audi main dealer service history. 6 stamps recorded. Last serviced on 24/01/17 @ 70,654 miles. Fitted with Michelin tyres all round. New rear brake discs and pads fitted. Next service due in approximately 17,000 miles or 600 days. MOT until 05/02/18. Ice silver metallic with full black leather interior. MMI DVD Satellite navigation. Xenon headlights. Audi Parking System Plus. Electrically operated, 6 stage heated front seats, drivers side with memory. Bang and Olufsen sound system. Bluetooth phone preparation. Cruise control. Advanced Key System with keyless start. Audi Music Interface. RDS Radio with 6 CD player. 20" 7 arm twin spoke alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts. Electric, heated, folding, dimming door mirrors. Dual digital climate control. Daytime running lights. Auto lights and wipers. Automatic dimming rear view mirror. Voice control. Front and rear centre armrest. Multi function leather steering wheel. Headlamp wash. Boot release. Drivers information system. Stainless steel mesh fascia inlays. Lockable split folding rear seats with through load facility. Multiple airbags with passenger deactivation. ISO fix. Front fog lights. Electric windows. Carpet floor mats. Remote central locking with alarm and immobiliser. 12v power point. Cup holders. 4WD. 2 keys. Only 2 owners - last keeper change in 2011. Fantastic condition. HPI checked and clear. Finance arranged. www.incentivecars.co.uk

    • Mileage: 72702 mi
    • Engine size: 4.163
    For sale
  • Audi S5

    £10,750 £10,750

    Climate Control, Full Leather, Comms Pack, Satellite Navigation, Remote Central Locking, Remote Alarm, Locking Wheel Nuts, Sports Seats, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Rear Armrest, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork, Electric Front Windows, Electric Handbrake, Electric Mirrors, Push Button Start, Radio, CD Player, 19'' Alloys, 4x4, Full service history This High Specification Audi S5 V8 Quattro Coupe is in very nice condition throughout, it has 2 keys and a good Service Record comprising of 6 stamps up until 72,537 miles, the Advertised Price includes a new MOT and a Comprehensive Parts and Labour Warranty.The Specification includes Full Leather Interior, Parking Sensors and Navigation.As with all my stock this vehicle has been checked on both the HPI and National Mileage Registers and it is verified as clear in all aspects.ALL MAJOR DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED, 2% Processing Charge on Credit Card Transactions.FINANCE may be possible on this vehicle.Please telephone to confirm availability since not all vehicles are on forecourt display, out of hours viewing by appointment.*** PRICE REDUCTION, WAS £11,495.00, NOW £10,750.00 ***

    • Mileage: 78000 mi
    • Engine size: 4163
    For sale
  • Audi S5

    £48,000 £48,000

    Variant name:S5 Quattro 5dr Tiptronic ,Variant: S5 Quattro 5dr Tiptronic ABS,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Bluetooth Prepared,CD Player,Cruise Control,Electric Front Seats,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Engine Immobiliser,Front Fog Lights,Full Service History,Heated Mirrors,Heated Seats,Leather Upholstery,Manufacturer Warranty,Power Steering,Satellite Navigation

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 101 mi
    For sale
  • Audi S5 Coupe

    £26,995 £26,995

    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, Audi music interface (ami), privacy glass, colour driver's information system (dis), Audi exclusive black high-gloss styling package, inlays - piano-finish black, tie down straps, 12v power socket, parking system Plus - front and rear, Audi quattro Sports differential, black edition and storage package.

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

    £20,490 £20,490

    Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Black Leather Interior, Electric Memory And Heated Seats, DAB Radio CD, Bluetooth, Bang & Olufsen, Bi Xenon Headlights, Front And Rear PDC, Reversing Cam, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Powered Folding Mirrors, Paddle Shift, 4x4 Two Owners From New. Very Low Mileage With A Full Audi Service History. Just Over £6000 Of Optional Extras. Very High Specification Which Includes, Full Screen Sat Nav, Technology Package High, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Black Leather Interior, Electrically Adjustable Heated And Memory Seats, DAB Radio CD, Media Input, Bluetooth, Bang & Olufsen Sound Package, Electric Heated And Folding Mirrors, Electric Windows, Bi Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Auto Lights And Wipers, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Paddle Shift, Arm Rest, Front And Rear Park Distance Control, Audi Parking System Advanced, Reversing Camera, Audi Side Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Audi Hill Hold Assist, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Alarm, Immobiliser, Isofix. 4 seats, Deep Sea Blue Pearl 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 Premises Are 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: 26000 mi
    • Engine size: 4163
    For sale
  • Audi S5

    £26,990 £26,990

    ** £99 DEPOSIT £569 MONTHLY **, ** BUY NOW START PAYING JULY 2017**, S5 Bodystyling, 19'' S5 Alloy Wheels, S5 Sports Suspension, S5 Sports Upgraded Brake Calipers, S5 Super Sports Front Seats, S5 Paddle Change Multifunction Steering Wheel, S5 Sports Leather Steering Gearshift, Black Nappa Leather Interior , Brushed Aluminium Interior Trim, Audi Technology Pack, Audi MMI Multimedia Satellite Navigation System, Audi MMI Multimedia Interface System , Audi MMI 6.5 Inch Colour Display, Panoramic Glass Roof, Climate Control, Air Conditioning, Electric Seats, Electric Lumbar Adjustment, Audi Rear Acoustic Parking Sensors, DIS Drivers Information System, Computer, Cruise Control, Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Automatic Headlights, Automatically Dimming Mirrors, Rain Sensor, ISOFIX Restraint Safety System, ESP Electronic Stability Programme, Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS, Airbags, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Audi Bluetooth Connectivity, Bang & ** £99 DEPOSIT £569 MONTHLY ** This stunning Audi S5 TFSi Quattro Auto Coupe really is in an as new condition both inside and out and with only 11000 Miles and a Full Audi Service history is by far the best one currently for sale in the UK. The car is finished in the best colour combination possible of Metallic Estoril Blue with a contrasting Black Fine Nappa Leather S5 Super Sports Interior. The top of the range S5 benefits from an enviable high level of equipment as standard but this particular car was ordered from Audi with £3715.00 of Factory Options including the Audi Technology Pack, Electric Tilt Panoramic Glass Sunroof, Special Order Metallic Pearlescent Estoril Blue Paint Finish, Bang & Olufsen Sound System and the Matt Brushed Aluminium Interior Trim. Additonally the car is supplied with a set of nearly new Winter Tyres including the standard tyres. This S5 is a true sports car boasting 328 BHP propelling the car from 0-62 MPH in only 4.9 Seconds onto a Factory limited top speed of 155 Miles Per Hour yet the car is also affordable to run with a fuel return of up to 42.8 Miles Per Gallon and the Road Fund Licence costing only £270.00 Per Year. ** ALL CARS NOW SUPPLIED WITH 12 MONTHS AA ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE COVER, 5 DAYS FREE INSURANCE (SUBJECT TO ACCEPTANCE & £12.50 ADMIN FEE), A NO QUIBBLE PARTS AND LABOUR WARRANTY, INCLUDING FAILURES CAUSED BY WEAR AND TEAR, 12 MONTHS MOT AND A MULTI POINT PRE-DELIVERY INSPECTION REPORT ** FINANCE FOR E

    • Mileage: 11000 mi
    • Engine size: 2995
    For sale
  • 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
    For sale
  • 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
    For sale
  • 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
    For sale
  • AUDI S5 3.0 TFSI S Tronic Quattro 2012

    £27,993 £27,993

    RAC INSPECTED and APPROVED. Top Brand Cars are pleased to offer this stunning S5, White, With contrasting fine black leather interior, Just some of the top spec includes HDD SATNAV, Bang and Olufsen, Audi concert audio system with DAB Radio, Audi multimedia with I-POD, MP3, Auxiliary and SD Card reader, Bluetooth interface, Electric and heated seats, LED/XENON Auto headlights, Multifunction steering wheel with gearbox paddle shift, Cruise control, Dual zone climate control, Park assist, This stunning well kept and totally standard example is accompanied with a full Audi service history, For full spec feel free to contact our sales team. VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Part exchange welcome. Finance available. Debit and credit cards taken

    • Mileage: 28000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.995
    For sale
  • 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
    For sale
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