2018 Audi S5

Original MSRP Range
$54,400 - $62,300
Available Style(s)
Convertible, Coupe, Sedan
20 - 21 MPG City / 29 - 30 MPG Hwy
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2018 Audi S5

What We Like

Polished design; hatchback practicality; smart cabin; superb driving manners; muscular V6 engine

What We Don't

Advanced driver aids are only optional in the top trim; steering could be more tactile


Expert Rating

4.8/ 5

Consumer Rating

5.0/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Audi S5?

The S5 Sportback is all-new for this model year.

Which S5 is the Best?

At this level of expenditure, the Prestige trim is probably possible. If that's the case, choose the Driver Assistance package. If Premium Plus is more comfortable financially, at least try and stretch to the Virtual Cockpit, because it's a great piece of technology, and learning to use it is easy and quick.

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How Much Does a 2018 Audi S5 Cost?

The 4-seater 2018 Audi S5 Sportback comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels.

Premium Plus ($55,375) includes 18-inch alloy wheels wearing summer performance tires, a panoramic sunroof, full LED exterior lighting, rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, heated windshield washer nozzles, keyless entry/ignition, hands-free tailgate release, tilt-telescopic/flat-bottomed steering wheel, selectable driving modes, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather/Alcantara (simulated suede) seating surfaces with diamond stitching and embossed S badges, 12-way power-adjustable/heated/massaging front seats with active bolsters and driver's-side memory settings, stainless steel pedals, ambient LED cabin lighting, self-dimming rearview mirror with digital compass, a rearview camera, parking sensors front and rear, a garage door opener, forward-collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and Exit Assist, a 7-in display for the infotainment system, 10-speaker audio setup, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, CD/MP3 player, satellite/HD radio, two SD card slots and two USB ports.

Prestige ($59,775) adds navigation, an 8.3-in infotainment screen, a touchpad controller with handwriting recognition, a top-view camera system, Wi-Fi, Bang & Olufsen 755-watt/19-speaker audio system, Virtual Cockpit (a high-resolution 12.3-in configurable driver information screen) and a head-up display.

This higher trim can also come with a Driver Assistance package that includes adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist (a partially autonomous system that steers and brakes in stop/go conditions), active lane-keeping, automatic high beams and road sign recognition.

Some standard equipment in the Prestige version is available as extras in the Premium Plus. Other options include a sport adaptive suspension, sport rear differential, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, 19-in alloy wheels, high-quality Nappa leather upholstery and variable-ratio steering.

Trunk space with the rear seats in place is a generous 21.8 cu ft. The rear seats will also split and fold. When they're completely down, luggage area expands to 35 cu ft., which is enough for around seven big suitcases.

S5 Trims

ConvertibleOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI Premium Plus$62,300 / $57,9406 Cylinder Turbo35420 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
S5 Cabriolet 3.0 TFSI Prestige$62,300 / $57,9406 Cylinder Turbo35420 / 298-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
CoupeOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
S5 Coupe 3.0 TFSI Premium Plus$54,600 / $50,7786 Cylinder Turbo35421 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
S5 Coupe 3.0 TFSI Prestige$54,600 / $50,7786 Cylinder Turbo35421 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
S5 Sportback 3.0 TFSI Premium Plus$54,400 / $50,5926 Cylinder Turbo35421 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
S5 Sportback 3.0 TFSI Prestige$54,400 / $50,5926 Cylinder Turbo35421 / 308-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Audi S5 Safety

Is the 2018 Audi S5 a Safe Car?

The S5 Sportback comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and eight airbags (front, front side, front knee and full-length side curtain). Rear side airbags are optional.

This specific model has not been crash-tested by any North American agencies. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the regular 2018 A5 Sportback a top rating of five stars overall, with four stars apiece for front and side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has also made the 2018 A5 Sportback a Top Safety Pick after the car earned top scores of Good in most categories.

Rollover Rating

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance1 Years/10,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Blind-Spot Warning
  • Power Trunk Release
  • Cold Weather Pkg
  • Warm Weather Pkg
  • S Sport Pkg


2018 Audi S5 vs the competition

2018 Audi S4 -- This is another derivation from the same foundation as the S5 Sportback, only in a more conventional sedan form.

2018 BMW 440i Gran Coupe -- None of the closest S5 Sportback competitors have hatchbacks, but the 4-door 440i Gran Coupe has plenty of the other right ingredients.

2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 -- Slightly more powerful, with 400 hp. However, the S5 Sportback is better in virtually every other respect.

2018 Mercedes-AMG C 43 -- Available in coupe, convertible and sedan forms, these 362-hp C-Class variants are each superb in their own ways.

Used BMW M3 -- It's more than a car. The M3 sedan (or 2-door M4) is a perennial object of driving desire. Check out BMW's certified pre-owned (CPO) program.

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