2016 audi s5 Model Overview
New for 2016
A red convertible roof is now available for the 2016 S5 drop-top. The Black Optics package is a new option and comes with 20-inch alloy wheels and black exterior mirror housings.
The 2016 Audi S5 is one of two high-performance variants of the A5 Coupe and convertible. A more powerful variant called the RS 5 sits above the S5 in the A5 range. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard on the S5.
A 333-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 325 lb-ft of torque is standard and can be mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy is respectable for the class at 18/28 mpg city/highway for the automatic coupe and 17/26 mpg for the manual coupe. The S5 convertible is rated at 18/26 mpg.
While there’s technically seating for four, the S5’s rear seats are best suited for children and small adults. Trunk space is on the small side in the coupe at 12.2 cubic feet while the convertible has slightly less at 10.2 cubic feet. Split-folding rear seats are standard in both body styles of the S5 for extra cargo carrying capability.
Standard safety features included on the S5 are dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags on the coupe. The S5 convertible replaces the side curtain airbag with front head/thorax airbags. Dual front knee airbags for the driver and front passenger are standard on both S5 body styles. Blind spot warning is standard on the range-topping Prestige trim and part of the optional Technology package in the Premium Plus trim. Adaptive cruise control is available as part of the Driver Assist package in the Prestige grade.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The base Premium Plus trim comes standard with HID headlights with LED accents, a panoramic sunroof, leather/Alcantara upholstery in the coupe or Nappa leather upholstery in the convertible, heated and powered front sports seats with driver’s side memory, keyless entry and start, Audi Drive Select, and Bluetooth connectivity. Navigation, blind spot warning, and a rearview camera are available as part of the Technology package, while the Bang & Olufsen audio system is a standalone option. The range-topping Prestige trim adds navigation, a rearview camera, blind spot warning, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. For maximum performance, the S5 is also offered with a sport differential and adaptive damping suspension for improved handling. The Driver Assist package on the S5 coupe adds Audi Drive Select, adaptive cruise control and dynamic steering. Cosmetic upgrades include 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires, and body-colored exterior side mirrors.
What We Think
In a 2013 First Drive review, we said that the S5’s supercharged V-6 provides plenty of low power that makes it easy to drive spiritedly on a twisty road. The optional sports differential and adaptive damping suspension made the S5 an even more capable vehicle, with well-controlled body motions. At its limit, however, the S5 does have the tendency to understeer especially when entering a corner too hot. The S5’s interior remains one of the best and is built with high-grade materials that make it feel premium. Infotainment system controls are also simple, with fewer buttons than the pre-facelift S5.
- Supercharged V-6 has plenty of power on tap
- Great handling
- Well-built interior
You Won’t Like:
- Understeers too much at its limit
- Cramped second row