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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
“’Rear-View Camera with Guidance Lines’ is a favorite feature”
Kelley Blue Book
Pricey at $50,000
the usual posh options
Car and Driver
Besides the fact the Audi S5 is one of the most admired designs in the last 50 years, there are long lists of standard and optional features to satisfy the most discerning shopper.
The 2009 Audi S5 comes equipped with an MMI 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."
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 ten-speaker audio system with CD changer and satellite radio."
How about a 505-watt high-end speaker system pumping through 14 speakers? "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 mp3 interface, and a 505-watt Bang and Olufsen premium audio system," Edmunds says. MyRide.com notes that the sunroof is only "designed to tilt for a bit of fresh air," something that definitely does not impress Car and Driver; however, they love the "keyless start" and the "fine-sounding Bang and Olufsen stereo."
Performance options include the Driver Select package that enables the driver to select steering and suspension settings, adaptive cruise control, and a blind-spot radar system.
Fancy features aside, the 2009 Audi S5 has something many sport coupes lack: plenty of room for two sets of weekend luggage. Cars.com feels "the S5's trunk is rather large, at 16.1 cubic feet. That compares to the BMW 3-Series' 11.1-cubic-foot trunk and the Infiniti G37's 7.4-cubic-foot cargo area." Edmunds again concurs: "The trunk offers 16 cubic feet of cargo capacity (large for a sedan, let alone a coupe), and the rear seat flips down to accommodate more, if need be." You'd be crazy to schlep home lumber in this pricey vehicle, but you could easily do so.
The true enthusiast would probably rather listen to the 2009 Audi S5's sweet engine whine from 0 to its 7,000-rpm redline. Everything else (and there's a lot of it) is just icing on the Sachertorte.