2014 Audi S5 Coupe: Around the Block

Patrick M Hoey
#Audi, #S5

The luxury car market is all about hierarchy. Various letters and numbers signify engine displacement, separate coupe and sedan bodystyles, and differentiate between “sport” and “luxury” models. Luxury automakers’ lineups thus fall into organized structures of size, prestige, and performance. In the midst of all this, Audi’s “S” designation finds an interesting middle ground, as exemplified by the 2014 Audi S5.

Audi offers three versions of its midsize coupe: the A5, with a 220-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder; this S5, with a 333-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V-6; and the RS 5 with a 450-hp, 4.2-liter V-8. That’s a pretty clear structure, but it doesn’t quite fit in with what’s going on with its closest competitors, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and the BMW 4 Series.

That’s because the 2014 Audi S5 brings something a little more special to the table than the BMW 435i and Mercedes-Benz C350. Those other two German coupes offer similar amounts of power as the S5 (300 and 302 hp, respectively), but still fall into the mainstream C-Class and 4 Series lineups rather than being designated AMG or M cars. Of course, the S5 doesn’t nearly match the 425-hp BMW M4 or the 451-hp Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe, but that territory is reserved for the RS 5, which falls under the umbrella of Audi’s Quattro GMBh performance arm that competes with the M and AMG divisions.

For people like us, the 2014 Audi S5 occupies just about the perfect space between the mainstream A5 and the bonkers RS 5. Its supercharged V-6 is responsive and satisfying throughout the rev range, but is subdued enough that it won’t make you feel (or sound) like an idiot on your daily commute. The suspension is firm and tight through the twisties, but not punishing over rough freeways and city streets. And with its larger wheels, more aggressive front end, Alcantara seats, and flat-bottom steering wheel, the 2014 Audi S5 also looks special enough inside and out to warrant the roughly $13,000 extra cost over its mainstream A5 sibling (in base price). Credit Audi for taking the alternative route with this just-right S5.

2014 Audi S5 Specifications

Base price $52,895
Price as tested $58,845
Engine 3.0L supercharged V-6
Power 333 hp
Torque 325 lb-ft
Transmission 6-speed manual
Drive Four-wheel
Cargo capacity 12.2 cu ft
Fuel economy 17/26 mpg (city/highway)
Vick Jong Isha
Maryam Razegi
Marc Hamady
Audi is better than BMW.
Puneet Mohan Sharma
Khoshant Lande
Great choise of engine
M.r. Anand
audi's headlamps has always been the greatest
Maureen Macri Main
The car looks dated and second place when compared to its competitors.  The pricing is too high for a car that fails to fall into the prestige category.  Audi is VW after all.  A car for people who hope to impress but don't know enough about cars to pick the right vehicle.  
Charlie Dampier
All I see is praise for the BMW 4-series, while I much rather have one of these. Sat in a RS5 years ago at a car show and am still in love.
Still one of the best looking cars out there, but for 52 to nearly 60K, there's not a chance I would buy one over the comp.
Amol Rathod
It luks more luxury nd less sport. For more explanation hv to to take a ride from pusad to arni.
Krishna Krish
Titus Iseler Munyaoh
9c one...
Vijay Vimal
nice audi s5
Secundino Geerman
six spd manual
Michael Anderson
I think its one audis best looking cars
Malatesh Khannur
Real sedan :)
Rashid Psrashid
Nice car. .....
Manoj Mano
very smart........
Daniel Del Fa
The best
Bhupesh Sharma
There is no break for audi
Dave Christen
Nothing wrong with a flying brick.
Eugen Ev
Ădgar Dvorschii
Milad Fathi
Still looks like a brick to me

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