The 2020 Audi S5 receives many of the same updates applied to the Audi A5 for its mid-cycle update, which includes revised front and rear fascia, a bigger grille, and software updates. A 10.1-inch touchscreen is now standard, running the brand's latest MIB 3 infotainment system.
2020 Audi S5 Overview
Choosing Your Audi S5
The S5 is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Pricing starts at $52,895 including destination for the Premium and climbs to $61,295 for the Prestige.
The S5 is also available as a two-door coupe and a convertible Cabriolet. The S5 Coupe is priced the same as the standard four-door Sportback. The S5 Cabriolet is $8,300 more expensive than the Sportback.
The Audi S5 eschews the A5’s four-cylinder engine for a familiar, amped-up and super-smooth 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. It generates 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, power is routed to all four-wheels and the S5 will launch from 0-60 mph in an estimated 4.4 seconds (Coupe).
The S5 earns an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 23 combined, which is on par for this class of performance. The convertible loses an mpg point across the board.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The S5 Sportback can seat five passengers, while the Coupe and Cabriolet variants only offer four seats. The Coupe and Cabriolet are shorter than the Sportback, so the rear passengers will feel the pinch in the leg room and should room departments.
As for cargo space, the Sportback can hold 21.8 cubic feet, which is outstanding. The Coupe and Cabriolet only offer 10.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
As is typical with most of Audi’s lineup, the S5 includes a basic level of driver-assist technology as standard and requires pricey packages for the full suite of features.
Automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and automatic high beams are standard. The Premium Plus further adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a vehicle exit warning system, and front and rear parking sensors. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available on the base model through the Convenience Package ($1,500), which includes many more features.
The range-topping Prestige trim also gets adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, an automated parking system, a surround-view camera, and a head-up display. On Premium Plus models, the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist systems are bundled in the available Driver Assistance Package ($1,500).
The S5 features a 10.1-inch touchscreen that's compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth. Two front USB ports are also standard. The Premium Plus trim adds satellite radio, HD radio. two rear USB ports, and a wireless charger, while the Prestige comes standard with a navigation system.
On the base Premium trim, satellite radio and HD radio are part of the aforementioned Convenience Package. Navigation is available on the Premium Plus through the Navigation Package ($1,600).
The sporty nature of the S5 plays out with more dramatically styled bodywork, more power, and a lowered sport suspension compared to the standard A5. Furthering its exclusivity over the more mainstream model, the S5 features aluminum optic mirror housings and exterior trim, 18-inch wheels, and quad exhaust outlets. LED headlights and taillights are also standard.
Inside, the S5 gets a sunroof, heated and 12-way power front seats, leather upholstery, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and three-zone automatic climate control as standard equipment.
The Convenience Package is $1,500 and includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, memory functionality for the driver's seat, satellite radio, HD radio, keyless entry, auto-dimming side mirrors, and an alarm system.
The mid-level Premium Plus trim easily justifies its price bump by including the features of the Convenience Package plus a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, two rear USB ports, the wireless charging pad, front and rear parking sensors, and additional leatherette that covers elbow touchpoints.
The S Sport Package adds a sport rear differential with torque vectoring, an adaptive suspension, and red brake calipers for $2,500, while a dynamic steering system can be fitted for $1,150 for improved responses.
The Prestige adds on to the Premium Plus with animated headlights and taillights, matrix LED headlights, and headlight washers. The interior benefits from a 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system, navigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, an automated parking system, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera.
The 2020 Audi S5 Premium Plus will be the starting point for most who are looking for the full suite of driver assistance technology. It also adds the impressive digital gauge cluster and offers the S Sport Package to make the most of the S5’s performance intentions.