2023 Audi S5 Sportback Performance

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Audi S5 Sportback Performance Rating

2023 S5 Sportback Performance

The luxurious interior, silky eight-speed automatic transmission, and compliant ride might lull you into thinking that the S5 Sportback lacks performance, exacerbated by the rather lazy takeff from rest in the default Comfort drive mode. But select Auto or Dynamic mode, and its responses are sharpened up and at maximum effort, it will bolt off the line with conviction to reach 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. It might concede 33 horsepower to the M440i xDrive, but puts out exactly the same 369 lb-ft of torque. The heavier BMW beats the Audi S5 Sportback's 0-60 sprint time by just 0.1 seconds, so in terms of performance, the S5 Sportback isn't lacking. The Audi feels a little softer, but the quattro all-wheel drive ensures prodigious grip and maximum available straight-line performance, whatever the weather. Top speed is limited to 155 mph on the standard summer tires, and this is reduced to 130 mph with the optional all-season tires fitted.

2023 S5 Sportback Performance Photos

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2023 Audi S5 Sportback Front View Driving
2023 Audi S5 Sportback Forward Vision
2023 Audi S5 Sportback Engine

Engine and Transmission

The standard engine in the Audi S5 Sportback is a turbocharged 3.0L V6 with 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, and it is used in all three trims. This is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission that transmits the power to the road through Audi's quattro AWD system. Unlike its BMW rival, there is no choice between 2WD and AWD configurations - all S5s are AWD. Power outputs in this class are between 30 and 60 hp higher on average, and the new Mercedes-AMG C43 develops more than 400 hp, despite being a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. However, the S5 does an admirable job with the hand it's been dealt, and its performance is competitive. The drivetrain can be upgraded via the S Sport package, which adds adaptive damping and a Sport rear differential.

2023 Audi S5 Sportback Performance Specs:

Audi S5 Sportback TrimsAudi S5 Sportback EnginesAudi S5 Sportback HorsepowerAudi S5 Sportback TransmissionsAudi S5 Sportback DrivetrainsAudi S5 Sportback MPG/MPGE
3.0T Premium quattro3.0L Turbo V6 Gas349 hp @ 6300 rpm8-Speed AutomaticAWD24 MPG
3.0T Prestige quattro3.0L Turbo V6 Gas349 hp @ 6300 rpm8-Speed AutomaticAWD24 MPG
3.0T Premium Plus quattro3.0L Turbo V6 Gas349 hp @ 6300 rpm8-Speed AutomaticAWD24 MPG

2023 S5 Sportback Gas Mileage

The Audi S5 Sportback's gas mileage and MPG figures aren't all that impressive, and despite a weight advantage of over 240 pounds over its BMW archrival, the latter's 48-volt mild-hybrid system helps it to achieve EPA estimates that beat the Audi's 21/30/24 mpg figures for the city/highway/combined cycles - if only just. With a fuel capacity of 15.3 gallons, the Audi should achieve a range of around 367 miles on the combined cycle before the tank runs dry.

2023 Audi S5 Sportback Fuel Capacity

Audi S5 Sportback Trims3.0T Premium quattro3.0T Prestige quattro3.0T Premium Plus quattro
Audi S5 Sportback Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)21/3021/3021/30

FAQs

Does the Audi S5 Sportback require premium gas?

Having a modern, high-compression, direct-injected gas engine, the S5 Sportback can only be fed premium gas. If you do, you might find that it goes into a reduced-power mode to protect the engine.

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