2009 Audi S5 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The consensus is that the 2009 Audi S5 maintains Audi's stunning interior quality. There are some quibbles.

In reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, the front seats are supportive and hold their passengers in place without being uncomfortable. They're covered in what Audi calls "Silk Nappa leather," and they're highly contoured for grippy comfort. Car and Driver likes the "highly adjustable seat." But it observes the "beltline is high," which makes the driver feel "a little buried in the car." Cars.com says the front seats were "came in handy during aggressive driving." MyRide.com calls the seats one of the S5's main "selling points."

The 2009 Audi S5 coddles passengers in reassuring, genuine luxury with touches of real wood, leather, and aluminum. The S5 stands apart from the A5 with subtle yet distinctive cues.

Cars.com thinks "there's room for two" in the S5's rear seat, "more than enough for kids." Car and Driver agrees but says "a 6-footer will be touching knees and head" if they choose to sit "behind another 6-footer." Edmunds notes "taller folks will find under-thigh support and legroom somewhat lacking." MyRide.com reports the S5's long doors can make it "difficult to enter and exit."

Quality is typically a strong point. Fit and finish is impeccable, and the aluminum trim is real. Cars.com likes the high-end materials" Car and Driver is "particularly fond" of its "'teardrop' gauges." Some find Audi's implementation of their Multi-Media Interface (MMI) a bit maddening. Heating, air conditioning, radio, and navigation are controlled via a knob and a few buttons on the center console just ahead of the armrest. Making changes often involves scrolling through multiple screens of information. As Edmunds reports, "it's still likely to try your patience with its maze of menus and submenus." For 2009, things are made a bit easier with voice control for the navigation system.

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