The 2022 Audi S5 coupe and cabriolet are the next step up in performance from their less powerful A5 counterparts. The S5 swaps its sibling’s 261-hp turbo-four for a 349-hp turbo V-6. The mightier mill is the main difference between the two Audi models, but it also contributes to a nearly $10,000 difference in starting price. While that surcharge gives the S5 coupe and cabriolet the equipment to accelerate quicker and handle better, it does little to make them more refined or stylish than the regular A5. Plus, the sportier version doesn’t have a particularly melodious soundtrack, and a manual transmission is missing. Still, there’s an effortlessness and elegance about the 2022 S5 that’s easy to appreciate, even if it isn’t as entertaining to drive as racier rivals such as the BMW M340i and Mercedes-AMG C43.
What’s New for 2022?
For 2022, the only changes to the S5 coupe and cabriolet are its newly standard carbon-fiber-look interior accents and 19-inch wheels, which replace the previously standard 18-inchers.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We’d avoid the extra cost and added weight of the S5 cabriolet. Instead, we’d go with the coupe and choose the Premium Plus trim. Although it’s more expensive than the base Premium, it has more desirable standard features that include a fully digital gauge cluster, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, and wireless charging. We’d add the Black Optic package (20-inch wheels on grippier tires and black exterior trim). We’d be remiss if we also didn’t maximize our S5’s performance with the S Sport package. It adds sport-tuned adaptive dampers, a torque-vectoring rear differential, and red brake calipers.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All S5s come with the same 349-hp turbocharged V-6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive. Thanks to its launch-control system and all-wheel drive traction, the last S5 coupe we tested delivered competitive acceleration in a class of quick alternatives. In our testing, it hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Despite the additional weight, the convertible S5 cabriolet that we tested was still plenty quick, hitting 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Both titillating two-door S5s we tested were equipped with 19-inch rims on performance summer tires and the S Sport package, which adds a torque-vectoring rear differential and adaptive dampers. As equipped, our test cars sported firm but still compliant rides. The coupe also came equipped with the Dynamic Steering option, which quickens the steering the more the wheel is turned from center. We found the system uncommunicative and unpredictable; we recommend sticking with the standard fixed-ratio steering setup.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
With a potent turbocharged V-6 and standard all-wheel drive, one might expect the S5 coupe and cabriolet to have not-so-great fuel economy. However, the fixed-roof version is expected to earn 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway—choosing the convertible reduces the latter rating by 2 mpg. We tested both body styles on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, and the coupe earned 30 mpg and the cabriolet earned 32 mpg. For more information about the S5’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The S5’s interior is marked by soft-to-the-touch, expensive-feeling materials, high-quality fit and finish, and a user-friendly design. Both the driver and front passenger are treated to comfortable and roomy power-adjustable seats, while rear-seat riders are left with the bare minimum of acceptable space. Those in need of more rear-seat room should look at the four-door S5 Sportback, which has a longer wheelbase and offers more room for rear passengers. The two-door S5’s interior starts with a conservative but modern dashboard design that’s pieced together with laser-tight precision. Additionally, every model includes luxuries such as front seats with heating and massage functions and three-zone climate control. In our testing, the S5 coupe held five carry-on suitcases, which puts it at the top of its class in terms of trunk room. Meanwhile, the convertible’s trunk swallowed one less bag. Additionally, the S5’s comparatively low lift-over height and wide trunk opening make loading items into the cargo bay an easy affair.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every S5 is outfitted with Audi’s latest infotainment software, which is displayed on a high-mounted 10.1-inch touchscreen. The system also can be operated via voice recognition and steering-wheel controls, but the intuitive rotary controller on the center console of pre-2020 models has been nixed. Along with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the S5 can be equipped with a slick-looking 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 705-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Audi’s entry-luxury coupe and convertible have a suite of standard and optional driver-assistance gear. For more information about the S5’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The S5’s warranty is average for the class. Kudos to Audi for offering complimentary scheduled maintenance, even if it doesn’t last as long as other manufacturers, such as BMW.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED: $68,550 (base price: $59,975)
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled Miller-cycle V-6, aluminum block and heads
Displacement: 183 cu in, 2995 cc
Power: 354 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 108.8 in
Length: 184.7 in
Width: 72.7 in Height: 53.9 in
SAE volume: F: 52 cu ft R: 35 cu ft
Trunk volume: 12 cu ft
Curb weight: 3942 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 4.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 10.9 sec
Zero to 140 mph: 25.4 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.6 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.9 sec @ 107 mph
Top speed (gov ltd, mfr’s claim): 155 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 150 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.94 g
EPA combined/city/hwy: 24/21/30 mpg
C/D observed: 21 mpg
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