Is the 2017 S5 still a good buy, despite its aging features, or should buyers just wait on the brand-new 2018 model? That's the question we pose today as we look at one of the former standard-bearers for the all-too-small luxury performance coupe market, which is entering its final year on the market.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2017 Audi S5 comes in two body styles – coupe and convertible – and each has just a single trim. The 2017 S5 coupe and convertible start from $55,050 and $62,050 (including $950 destination fee), respectively. They come standard with:

  • Eighteen-inch wheels
  • Automatic xenon headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Sunroof (coupe model)
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Leather and faux-suede upholstery with heated front seats
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Fourteen-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual transmission

While there are plenty of standard features included with the 2017 S5, there are also loads of options. These include a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission ($1,000), a sport differential ($1,100) Nappa leather upholstery ($1,250), and an adaptive suspension ($1,000).

There is also a Technology Package that runs $3,250 and includes adaptive headlights, blind-spot monitor, rear parking sensors, navigation, a rearview camera, a Wi-Fi hotspot, an HD radio, and a DVD player.

All S5s use a 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 that produces 333 horsepower. While convertible buyers are stuck with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, S5 Coupe owners can choose between the optional two-pedal arrangement or save some cash with the standard six-speed manual.

Performance Pros

Audi S5
  • The 333-horsepower V6 feels a lot more potent than its output indicates
  • The engine sound absolutely fantastic
  • Standard all-wheel drive makes for effective use of its power.
  • Incredible handling without feeling too stiff on the daily commute.

Performance Cons

  • Steering lacks feedback
  • Too much artificial weight in the steering system

Interior Pros

  • Front seats are extremely comfortable, especially for a sports model
  • The cabin is super-luxurious without being ostentatious
  • Audi’s MMI infotainment system is one of the best in the business

Interior Cons

Audi S5
  • Rear seats are very cramped and offer little support
  • Thick C-pillars hamper rearward visibility
  • Lack of IIHS testing, even in its less-performance-oriented A5 sibling, doesn’t inspire confidence
  • The area surrounding the gear shifter is very button-heavy

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The delicate dance the S5 does between cushy luxury car and raucous sports coupe is incredible. It seems to walk that thin line very nicely, never feeling too rough on a daily commute or lacking the punch when the driver throws the hammer down.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The $55,050 price tag on the S5 is a tough pill to swallow for many. It’s more than a comparable BMW 440i xDrive ($51,495 with $995 destination fee) and only about $1,400 cheaper than the Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe.

The Bottom Line

Its looks are dated (an all-new model is coming in 2018) and its price tag is higher than we’d like, but there isn't much else to dislike about the 2017 Audi S5. It delivers on the daily commute and the track, and its slew of desirable options make it highly customizable for the more discerning buyer.

However, with the 2018 S5 coming in with only a $525 price hike, an all-new look, and improved performance, you may just want to wait for it.