Polished design; hatchback practicality; smart cabin; superb driving manners; muscular V6 engine
Advanced driver aids are only optional in the top trim; steering could be more tactile
The S5 Sportback is all-new for this model year.
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.
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.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
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.