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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

    £35,000 £35,000

    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: 2996 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Audi S5

    £22,989 £22,989

    Tech Pack High, Sat Nav, Advanced Key, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Electric Heated Memory Seats, AMI Audi Music Interface, DAB Radio, Bang & Olufsen Sound, Adaptive Headlights, High Beam Assist, Audi Park Distance Control Plus, Audi Drive Select Suspension, Carbon Trim, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Folding Mirrors, Full S Styling and Upgraded 20" Black Alloys. Full Audi Service History. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Tony 07956 564440 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank You, www.imperials.co.uk

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 30000 mi
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  • Audi S5

    £14,995 £14,995

    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

    • Mileage: 93905 mi
    • Engine size: 4163
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  • Audi S5 3.0 TFSI QUATTRO

    £29,950 £29,950

    Black/Chesnut Leather, Chesnut electric hood, electric sports seats, heated seats, electric lumbar support, dual zone climate control, 19in five spoke Y design alloys, Audi DVD based satellite navigation, Bluetooth Phone/Audio, Bang and Olufsen Sound System, DAB radio, AMI for MP3/I-POD, ESP with traction control, Audi Drive Select, Audi Stop/Start, electric windows, Audi Advanced Key, electric heated folding mirrors, remote central locking and alarm, ABS, front and side airbags, leather 3 spoke multi-function steering wheel with paddle shift, trip computer, cruise control, aluminium trim inlays, Audi Parking Plus, Reversing Camera, Bi-Xenon headlamps with headlamp wash, day running lights, High Beam Assist, Forward Alert, front centre armrest, interior light pack, auto-dim rear view mirror, tyre pressure monitor, wind deflector, one owner from new, VAT Qualifying

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 16000 mi
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  • Audi S5 4.2 V8 Quattro Coupe Manual


    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 3.0 TFSi Quattro Black Edition S Tronic Coupe 333ps 2014

    £23,990 £23,990

    Vat Inclusive Price-Hpi Clear-1 Owner-Full Service History+12 Months Warrantywise Platinum Warranty+12 Months AA Breakdown Cover Included-Massive Spec Quattro S Tronic-Finished In Awesome and Rare SEPANG BLUE Pearl Effect-Full Black Super Sport Nappa Leather Seats-Audi Drive Select With Quattro Sports DIFF+Dynamic Steering+Electronic Damper Control-Audi Hdd SatNav 4G-Bang+Olufsen Sound System-20 Inch 5 Twin Spoke Alloys-Technology Pack High-Audi Advanced Keyless Go Start-Audi Assistance Pack-Adaptive Cruise Control-Audi Braking Guard-Audi Parking System Advanced Front+Rear With Camera-Audi Active Lane Assist-Fully Electric Heated Seats-Drivers Memory-Electric Folding Heated Mirrors-Dab Radio-DVD Player-SD Cards-Audi Iphone Usb Music Interface-Bluetooth High Streaming+Audi Connect-Tyre Pressure Monitoring-Audi High Beam Assist-Carbon Atlas Interior Trim-Black Styling Package-Privacy Glass-Flat Bottom Multi Function Steering With F1 Paddleshift-Xenon Plus LED Headlights-Voice Control-Luggage Pack-Storage Pack-Auto Headlights/Wipers-Dual Climate Control-2 Keys-Alarm Immobiliser-Too Much Spec To List-1 Private Owner With Full Service History-Serviced at 18K-47K-71K-Just Had Major Longlife Service inc Iridium Spark Plugs-Absolutely Stunning Very Rare Massive Spec S5 Quattro Black Edition-HP-PCP Finance Available-Driveaway Insurance-All Major Cards Accepted-Full Dealer Facilities-Export Enquiries Welcome-Nationwide Delivery-REF: KP64 PXO

    • Mileage: 71000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.995
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  • Audi S5

    £10,995 £10,995

    4x4 V8 S5 Coupe in the best colour combination, Phantom Black with Ivory Leather Interior. Specification includes Audi Advanced Key (Push Button Start), Pearl Effect Paintwork, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, Carbon Fibre Dashboard Inlays, Electric Seats, Bluetooth Phone Preparation, Storage Pack, 19'' 5 Spoke Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels, Privacy Glass, Tinted Rear Lights, Parking Sensors, Xenon Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, Electric Lumbar Support, Isofix Child Seat Anchor Points. 3 keys. Full Service History with services recorded at 20k, 39k, 48k, 51k, 58k, 72k, 76k, 86k & 92k. MOT June 2018. Car is in excellent condition, runs and drives beautifully. Call us to discuss delivery anywhere in the UK on this car. Have a look at our testimonials on our website to read more about us and the services we can offer our clients. Video walk around of this car available. 'Like' our page on Facebook for stock updates. This vehicle is HPI Checked and supplied with 12 Months AA Roadside Assistance. WarrantyWise Warranties Available for 6,12,24 or 36 Months. UK Nationwide Delivery Available. Finance Available - We have a range of lenders for all circumstances - CHALLENGE US TO BEAT YOUR FINANCE QUOTES. Part Exchange Considered. View our website - WWW.GEORGEKINGSLEY.CO.UK - Prestige & Performance Specialist

    • Mileage: 96552 mi
    • Engine size: 4163
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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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