2020 Audi S5 Coupe

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2020 Audi S5 Coupe Review: The Sweet Spot

The adage "too much of a good thing" reminds us that even if we have access to something initially pleasant - be it food, money, or that glass of wine after a long day at the office - restraint is often necessary before an overabundance of that luxury becomes harmful. In Audi world, the RS5 with over 400 horsepower could be seen as the automotive equivalent of "too much" because, well, who really needs that much power? For those who want to indulge without spiraling into excess, there's the Audi S5 Coupe. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine provides 349 hp of grunt - not too much but definitely not too little - enabling a 0-60 mph charge of 4.4 seconds. With all-season quattro grip, sleek looks, and a beautifully tailored cabin, it's a strong rival to the BMW 440i and the Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe. The devil on your shoulder might encourage you to push the limit and get the RS5, but the S5 is just enough sports coupe, and one that won't leave your bank balance with a bad case of indigestion.

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2020 Audi S5 Coupe Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 S5 Coupe?

For 2020, Audi has given the S5 Coupe a gentle nip and tuck. The exterior has been subtly revised with a flatter, wider grille than before, along with different side sills, complementing the S5-specific features like the quad exhaust outlets and aluminum optic trim. In the cabin, the MIB 3 infotainment system is claimed to be ten times faster than MIB 2. The setup is dominated by a 10.1-inch touchscreen with acoustic feedback as well as natural voice controls.

Pros and Cons

  • Potent acceleration from V6 turbo
  • Safe and secure quattro handling
  • Comfortable enough when you need it to be
  • Sophisticated style, inside and out
  • Upscale cabin materials
  • Plenty of comfort and safety features
  • Optional dynamic steering needs more work
  • Not much space for rear-seat passengers
  • Subjectively not as engaging as primary rivals

What's the Price of the 2020 Audi S5 Coupe?

Access to the S5 Coupe range begins with the Premium trim at $51,900. The mid-range Premium Plus costs $54,400 and the Prestige will cost $60,300. All of these prices exclude Audi's destination charge of $995, along with options, tax, licensing, and registration. The BMW 440i Coupe starts at a similar $51,350 and the Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe costs $58,500.

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2020 Audi S5 Coupe Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.0T Premium quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
3.0T Prestige quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
3.0T Premium Plus quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
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2020 S5 Coupe Exterior

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  • Length 184.7 in
  • Wheelbase 108.8 in
  • Height 53.9 in
  • Max Width 72.7 in
  • Front Width 62.5 in
  • Rear Width 61.7 in
  • Curb Weight 3,847.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect +$595
  • Glacier White Metallic +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic +$595
  • Navarra Blue Metallic +$595
  • District Green Metallic +$595
  • Tango Red Metallic +$595
  • Ibis White
  • Quantum Gray
  • Turbo Blue

2020 S5 Coupe Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

What Audi needs to be commended for is its understanding that just because a car fits the "sporty" description, that doesn't mean it should be a chore to drive. As a result, although the S5 has a much more powerful engine and a sport suspension that you won't find in the regular A5, it's all still cloaked in a layer of refinement that makes it pleasant to drive at all times. The standard steering is precise and the effort required is conveniently light in Comfort mode, and with just enough heft when you switch over to Dynamic. You can carry high speeds into tight turns and still come out on the other side unscathed, with the S5's superb grip levels and poise always on full display. We'd avoid the optional dynamic steering system (as you turn, the steering speeds up) as it doesn't feel natural or progressive enough in its workings.

In Comfort mode, the S5 cruises with the authority we've come to expect from an Audi. Outside noises are well suppressed and there is a compliance and smoothness to the ride that some M-badged vehicles from Munich could learn from. Is it exciting enough, though? At the limit, the rear-wheel-drive 440i is likely to leave you more breathless, and the Mercedes-AMG C43 has tons of character, too. But once again, the S5 is just so effective within the confines of real-world commuting that you'll rarely be behind the wheel of it wishing you were somewhere else. Confidence-inspiring brakes that are easy to modulate add to the polished overall impression.

2020 S5 Coupe Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 32.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.1 in

2020 S5 Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    11.6 ft³

2020 S5 Coupe Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2020 Audi S5 Coupe A Good car?

The Audi S5 Coupe does everything almost flawlessly and provides the perfect middle ground between the regular A5 and the fire-breathing RS5. The turbocharged V6 engine combines well with the quattro system to offer smooth, rapid progress under a variety of conditions. As usual, the cabin is a masterclass of logical ergonomics and upscale materials, although rear-seat space leaves a lot to be desired. For Audi fans, the S5 coupe is everything you'd want in a sports coupe. However, more impartial shoppers may be won over by the BMW 4 Series Coupe or the Mercedes-AMG C43 - the BMW is a more exciting steer and the C43 has showroom appeal and charisma in spades. Unlike these rivals, though, Audi offers V6 power in three distinct trims, providing buyers with more choice. Once again, the German trio is almost impossible to separate, but credit must go to Audi for imbuing the S5 with a driving experience that will please both the novice and the boy racer.

What Audi S5 Coupe Model Should I Buy?

The mid-range Premium Plus seems like the sweet spot in the range, offering worthwhile extras like wireless charging and the Audi virtual cockpit while being more customizable than the Premium. We wouldn't go crazy with the options, because then you may as well get the Prestige, so we'd restrict the upgrades to metallic paint, 19-inch wheels (the standard 18-inch wheels look a bit underwhelming), and the Driver Assistance Package, adding a combined $2,895 to the price.

2020 Audi S5 Coupe Comparisons

Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe
Audi S5 Sportback
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi S5 Coupe349 hp21/30 mpg$55,800
Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe 385 hp19/28 mpg$60,500
Audi S5 Sportback 349 hp21/30 mpg$55,800

2020 Audi S5 Coupe vs Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe

At $58,500, the more powerful C43 is priced between the top two S5 trims. Although the Mercedes' 385 hp and 384 lb-ft outputs are better than the S5's, it is also 121 lbs heavier than the Audi, which helps to explain why the C43 isn't quicker. On the road, the two coupes put in an equally impressive performance with potent power delivery and brawny engine notes, but the S5 is more comfortable than the C43, which can feel too harsh over bumps that the Audi would deal with more serenely. Neither car is especially spacious at the back, but the Mercedes has nearly three inches of extra rear legroom. Its cabin is also more dramatic to look at than the Audi's, but this is purely subjective. Audi's infotainment feels a step ahead, with a larger central screen and the excellent virtual cockpit on the top two trims, whereas Mercedes charges extra for its 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. This titanic battle is extremely close, but for its superior abilities as a daily driver, we'd give the slight edge to the S5.

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2020 Audi S5 Coupe vs Audi S5 Sportback

For exactly the same price as the S5 Coupe, you could get the S5 Sportback. It adds on two extra doors along with a trunk that is double the size of the coupe's cargo area. Performance doesn't suffer as a result of the Sportback's different body style, and it shares the coupe's three trims and feature availability. Unlike some other four-door coupes, the Sportback cuts a cohesive figure and the rear doors don't diminish its appeal. The 2020 improvements to the S5 Coupe's infotainment system also apply to the Sportback model. At the back, the Sportback has 2.4 inches of additional legroom and just under an inch of extra headroom. It can also accommodate five passengers at a pinch. Unless you believe that a sports coupe should have just two doors, we'd easily recommend going for the more practical Sportback.

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