Audi S5 Sportback First Drive

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The Audi S5 Sportback is a performance automobile based on the Audi A5, which has been a global success but has yet to be introduced in India. The ‘S’ brand isn’t as nasty, strong, or driver-focused as Audi’s ‘RS’ brand, but it would be foolish to dismiss the S5. The V6 petrol engine beneath the hood has been adjusted to provide a balance of performance and fuel efficiency. And cars with the S badge must be both entertaining and functional. Is the Audi S5 Sportback able to live up to these expectations? We discover the truth.

Exterior Appearance

There are four-door sedans, two-door coupes, and sportbacks, which are basically four-door sedans with liftback tailgates. The S5, for example, has a slanting roof line thanks to a sharply sloped rear window with an integrated boot lid. The S5, often known as the fastback, isn’t an obvious muscle vehicle with outwardly aggressive aesthetics, but it plainly conveys its sporting goal. The brilliant yellow colour of our test car adds to the S5’s allure.

The ORVMs and sill mouldings are finished in brushed aluminium, and there’s a little V6 T badge on the fender to indicate the engine’s power, as well as magnificent 18-inch alloy wheels with a five dual spoke pattern. The S5 also gets side skirts and drawn-down bumpers, which give this Sportback a much-appreciated edgier attitude that the normal A5 lacks.

The front fascia is dominated by a large single frame grille with platinum grey inserts and a small S5 emblem. It’s also not overly dazzling, despite having horizontal chrome slats. The honeycomb grille mesh air intakes, which are again adorned with chrome slats and house angular fog lamps, add to the sporty character. The projector headlight housing is discreetly outlined by the LED DRLs that surround them.

Interior appearance

The Audi S5’s cabin is quite similar to the Audi A5, although it has more power. It comes with all of the A5’s features and equipment, including automatic temperature control, a retractable sunroof, electronically adjustable seats, automated headlights, and more. There’s also a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. It has a terrific sound quality and is compatible with Audi’s MMI Navigation Plus system. A 17.78cm colour monitor with 3D navigation mapping and a display screen for Audi’s Parking System Plus is included. The latter has a rear-view camera as well as sensors all around it.

The S5’s all-black interior, on the other hand, is unique. It may not make the car feel as spacious, but the cocooned effect it creates complements the car’s athletic silhouette. The alcantara-lined three-spoke steering wheel has a flat bottom. The matte brush aluminium finish on the inlays gives the interiors a premium impression, while the ergonomics and well-engineered feel of the switches, knobs, and stalks remind you that this is still your normal high-quality Audi.

The seats are pleasant in the front, and the backrests, which have S5 badges, are neatly sculpted. These can be elevated or lowered by four inches to provide a comfortable driving position with a clear view of the road ahead. However, things are a little different on the second row. Headroom in the back is limited because to the sportback design and the sloping roof line. However, there is plenty of knee and shoulder room.

Driven by Results

The 3.0-litre TFSI V6 petrol engine under the hood of the S5 is still a mystery. This engine is a supercharged petrol engine that produces 328bhp at 5,500rpm and 440Nm at 2,900rpm. It’s paired with a seven-speed S-tronic transmission that transfers power to all four wheels via Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel drive system. With a tap on the accelerator, the S5 accelerates from a standstill to 100 kilometres per hour in less than five seconds. It has a top speed of only 250 kilometres per hour.

The S5 has five driving modes, like most modern Audis: Comfort, Efficiency, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual. These modes alter the engine and gearbox responsiveness, as well as the steering and suspension, to give the S5 a distinct personality. The improvements are noticeable in Dynamic mode, with the engine revving higher, the throttle response sharper, the ride harsher, and the steering weighting up beautifully. In Comfort, all of this is light and supple, making the S5 feel like two very different cars.

As a result, in Comfort and Efficiency settings, the steering is lighter, the throttle response is slightly dulled, and the suspension is soft enough for the S5 to glide silently and effortlessly along the road. Even the engine note, which isn’t particularly loud at first but has a pleasant tone in the Dynamic, fades into an inconspicuous mechanical noise.

Conclusion

On the interstate, the S5 gets approximately 11 mpg, and it’s only when you let loose that the fuel economy drops to single digits. It has a more appealing appearance than a standard Audi sedan while yet providing the practicalities of a sedan by seating five people. It also features a large boot. It also has eight airbags, two of which are specific rear-side airbags, ensuring the safety of your children in the back.

So the Audi S5 ticks all the boxes: stylish look, pleasant cabin, balanced (powerful yet efficient) engine, and excellent handling. It can also be used as a luxury weekend tourer. But keep in mind that you should be driving this car rather than being ferried about in it. It is, above all, true to the S badge. As a result, it’s both entertaining and useful in roughly equal measure.

Negatives? Ground clearance can be a difficulty over towering speed breakers and exit ramps because of the low snout. Apart from that – and its terrible fuel economy – there are plenty of reasons to buy it. Even more so when you consider the Audi S5’s ex-showroom Delhi price of Rs 62.9 lakh. After all, its closest competitors, such as the Mercedes C 63 AMG and the BMW M3 (both of which are unquestionably more powerful), cost a crore or more.

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