Completely redesigned after a 10-year production run, the 2018 Audi S5 Coupe clearly is intended to compete with the new Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG and BMW’s 4-series and M2 coupes.
It’s certainly worth cross-shopping against these three German cars as well as selections from Lexus and Cadillac. Like the others, it’s designed to fit into the lifestyles of successful single professionals and young couples.
What we drove: Our review vehicle specifically was the 2018 Audi S5 Coupe 3.0T Quattro, the high-performance version of Audi’s two-door all-wheel drive automobile with Tiptronic automotive transmission, with comfortable seating for two adults in the front and two small children in child seats in the rear. Our version had the highest (“Prestige”) equipment level including Bang & Olufsen audio, top-view camera, navigation and “virtual cockpit,” plus S-Sport, driver assistance, dynamic steering packages and 19-inch sport wheels.
By the numbers: The S version of the Audi 5-series coupe is powered with a 3-liter 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque engine linked to an 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission. Performance is excellent; the car is capable of going from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds but can still manage 24 mpg combined (21 city, 30 highway). The total dealer retail price for the package, including destination charges, is $68,550.
What we liked: Exterior design and interior styling are both of the highest levels. Performance and handling are equivalent to any of the competition, especially in challenging driving situations.
What we would change: Unlike other true two-door coupes in the market, there is really no way that adults can squeeze into the back seats, even for a quick drive to the latest trendy VC watering hole for a midweek lunch.
Bottom line: For drivers who want their performance vehicle to be attractive and comfortable, but don’t need practicality of a four-door sedan and don’t want the compromises of a true sports car, the Audi should be No. 1 or 2 on the list.