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    The Audi S5 is the high-performance variant of Audi's A5. It is also the coupé, cabriolet, and . 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) time is around seconds (coupé & sportback), with a limited top speed of mph ( km/h). Audi S5 TFSi Quattro.

    The S5 Sportback has finally got the chassis to match its looks.

    Audi has brought the shift knob from the RS5 to the S5. New Car is the price a consumer can reasonably expect to pay for a new vehicle at a dealership at the end of negotiations, and includes destination charges, taxes and fees. Active Differential; Driver Modes: Undeniable benchmark fit and finish, high-speed stability, virtual cockpit We Don't Like: The A4 may have a monopoly on well-rounded driving, but the S5 Sportback fulfills our desire to indulge.

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    Somebody put it into our heads that it's important to be well rounded. Surely the trait has its benefits; it's one of the reasons we like the Audi A4 so much. But although we appreciate its fuel economy, composed handling, solid acceleration, and tech-happy interior, we lament the A4's lack of distinct personality. Derived from the A4 but packing extra power and trunk space, the S5 Sportback gingerly shuts the door to balance and reaps the rewards. Although you sacrifice fuel economy, the S5 Sportback is quicker and more powerful than the A4.

    We clocked it hitting 60 mph in 4. The Sportback suffers no real acceleration penalty compared to the regular S4 , which reached 60 mph in 4. In the figure eight, the Audi S5 Sportback narrowly edged out the Mercedes. It recorded a time of Where the Audi really stood out is its brake performance.

    The brakes bite down aggressively, but they work well, as our numbers proved. The S5 Sportback managed to come to a complete stop from 60 mph in just feet, the same distance it took an Aston Martin DB11 we tested.

    In comparison, the C 43 took feet. Our test team reported little dive and no signs of brake fading in the S5 Sportback. The model excels at cornering. It stays planted through sharp curves on the road, hugging the turns with unwavering poise. The Audi has an engine note that almost always elicits some kind of vocal reaction from pampered passengers inside the cabin. Yet the S5 Sportback suffers quite a bit of turbo lag from a cold start.

    It hesitates in the low gears, but when it launches, you really move. Upshifts are aggressive, particularly in the sport-minded Dynamic mode. Our model, which was equipped with the available sport adaptive damping suspension, felt confident over road imperfections. It isn't the quietest luxury car on the market; some road noise made its way into the cabin, but not enough to taint the experience. Testing Director Kim Reynolds pointed out that the car liked to be driven smoothly in our handling tests.

    If you pedal the throttle, it'll find boost and get all wonky and with nonlinear lunges," he said. Like its A4 sedan sibling, the "sportback" exhibits restrained steering. Although it's accurate, the steering feel is light and just a tiny bit unsatisfying given its other athletic capabilities. Any signs of roughness or rebellion are erased once you step inside the cabin of our top-trim Prestige. Boasting crisp maps, the Google Earth-enabled navigation system is one of the best on the market, taking into account traffic time.

    One of my longtime favorite features is located on the center console. Drivers can input an address into the navigation system by writing letters with their fingers on a touchpad. Unfortunately you won't find too many storage cubbies up front near the cockpit. But there's plenty of legroom front and back, as well as an incredibly deep trunk.

    The C 43 sedan has a paltry Some of the best cars from Germany never make their way across the pond, and while Audi won't grace us with an Avant wagon, it has treated us with the S5 Sportback. And a treat it is: The A4 may have a monopoly on well-rounded driving, but the S5 Sportback fulfills our desire to indulge. Ford Made a New Mustang Bullitt. Behind the Wheel of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. A Little More Indulgent. Audi S5 Hatchback First Tests. Darren Martin May 18, See all 27 photos.

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