Audi
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William Kinton
Automotive Editor - December 20, 2018

2019 Audi S5 OVERVIEW

The 2019 Audi S5 is the brand's premium sports coupe, combining luxury and performance into a single stylish package. The S5 is available in three different configurations; a coupe, a convertible, and a four-door "sportback" with a liftgate trunk. In every configuration, the S5 receives a powerful turbocharged engine, Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, and a stylish interior that the rest of the industry tries to match.

What's New for 2019

There are no significant changes for the 2019 model year.

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Choosing Your Audi S5

The S5 is notable in the number of configurations that are available. The standard configuration is the two door coupe, while the Cabriolet convertible is also available. Returning for its second model year is the Sportback model, which is a four-door version with a rear liftgate similar to the larger S7. The Sportback model's extra doors also allow for a much easier entry into the back seats, while simultaneously being much more generous with the rear head room than the S4.

In all configurations, the engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Power is fed through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and every S5 comes standard with Audi's famous quattro all-wheel-drive system. The S5 also receives four different driving modes that can adapt the car to best suite the driver's mood.

The Audi S5 is very well equipped across all trims. All trims of the Coupe and Sportback models receive leather seats with pneumatic bolsters and massage functions for the driver and passenger while Cabriolet trims are decked in Nappa leather with diamond stitching. Additionally, all models get a seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and some driver assistance features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

The Coupe and Sportback models are offered in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims, while the Cabriolet is only offered in the Premium Plus and Prestige trims. While the Coupe and Sportback share pricing, the Cabriolet carries an $8,300 premium over the corresponding hard-top trims.

Premium

The S5 Premium starts at $53,395 (all prices include the $995 destination charge), but it certainly doesn't feel like a base model. In addition to the features previously listed, the Premium also gets hefty six-piston front brakes, full automatic LED headlights, a flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters, and heated front seats. The leather and Alcantara sport seats are available in either black or grey, and nine exterior paint colors are available, even if all but two of them are a shade somewhere on the spectrum between white and black.

The Premium trim has no options outside of different wheels and the $1,500 Convenience Package. It adds an alarm system, keyless entry with push-button start, rear collision sensors, blind-spot monitoring, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, memory for the driver's seat, and satellite radio.

Premium Plus

For an additional $3,000, the Premium Plus trim adds full-LED headlights, an alarm, heated front seats, driver’s seat memory, satellite radio, and a hands-free trunk release. Also included are front/rear parking sensors, Audi side assist for blind-spot monitoring, and Audi pre sense with rear cross-traffic assist.

Prestige

The Prestige trim starts at $61,495, and includes a head-up display with navigation and driver assistance information, park assist with a top-view camera, the 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist. Inside, Audi still gives you the option of standard Leather and Alcantara sport seats, but like the previous models, you can upgrade to Nappa leather or Milano weather with the Warm Weather package.

Additionally, with the exception of the now standard premium sound system, all options and packages from the previous trim are available on the Prestige, and prices remain the same. The S5 Cabriolet Prestige, which starts at $69,795, comes standard with Nappa leather seats and all packages and options remain the same with the exception of the now standard audio system.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 Audi S5 Sportback is actually a more compelling buy than the S4 sedan. Typically, the four-door coupe concept results in a cramped rear seat for taller passengers in the name of style, but the S5 Sportback actually offers a surprising amount of space in the rear, along with more head room than the sedan counterpart. Regardless, the best value across the trim range is the Premium Plus, as it occupies a sweet spot between features and cost.

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