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FEATURES | 10 out of 10
Plenty of luxury- and safety-oriented features
Glass roof doesn't slide open
Pricey at $50,000
the usual posh options
Car and Driver
The Audi S5 is outfitted with a long list of standard features and offers more options to coddle any driver.
Edmunds lists the S5’s standard features as “19-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, a panoramic tilt-up sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, eight-way power front sport seats, leather upholstery, heated front seats, auto-dimming mirrors and a 10-speaker audio system with CD changer and satellite radio.”
The 2008 Audi S5 comes equipped with a Multi-Media Interface system that controls the climate, the audio, and the optional navigation system, says Edmunds. This can be a bit difficult to master but has an edge over similar systems because it is "mostly intuitive and is easy to use once the initial learning curve is overcome." Cars.com says, “MMI becomes almost second nature with use, but operations like entering an address into the optional navigation system remain tedious even after you've familiarized yourself with the menus.”
“Options include adaptive headlights, Alcantara-trimmed seats, alternative accents (including wood, 'Carbon Atlas' and stainless steel), Bluetooth, keyless ignition, park assist (with a rearview camera), a navigation system with a dedicated iPod interface, and a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen premium audio system,” Edmunds says. Car and Driver loves the "keyless start" and the "fine-sounding Bang and Olufsen stereo," but one thing irked them: the sunroof that "can't slide and only tilts open." MyRide.com agrees with this complaint, noting the sunroof is only "designed to tilt for a bit of fresh air."
The 2008 Audi S5 is stuffed with standard gadgets—with more on the options list.