The 2009 Audi S5 is Germany's take on the American muscle car; with its powerful yet chic styling, it represents at both the drag strip and on Rodeo Drive.
"With the brand's customary wide-mouth grille flanked by lower air intakes, the S5 is instantly recognizable," states Cars.com. The 2009 S5 defines sporty elegance. The coupe throbs with muscle car cues, from its great front fender curves to the shaping of its shapely rear end. Cars.com says "a number of subtle cues" alert drivers to the S5, including "quad tailpipes" and "19-inch alloy wheels."
According to Automobile Magazine, "Designer Walter de'Silva declares this to be his most beautiful car yet, and we're not inclined to disagree." Edmunds calls the design "elegant." The S5 is "one sinister-looking performance coupe," Cars.com says. The 2009 Audi S5's 19-inch wheels are handsome, and its small spoiler tucks into the trunk lid, mimicking the body's flowing lines without being excessive. Kelley Blue Book isn't too keen on the panoramic glass roof, warning, "you may be disappointed by the (large) fixed glass piece that only tilts." Special S badges complete the look. Cars.com notes the "LED daytime running lights," which are still rare enough to stand out in the automotive landscape.
Inside, the 2009 S5 sports Audi's typical quality and detailing that other automakers seek but fail to emulate. Car and Driver calls it a "fabulous place." The interior can read a bit busy, with all the buttons and chrome trim. Edmunds says "it's richly appointed," and though Audi's Multi-Media Interface routes most controls through a central control knob, it works better than BMW's iDrive. Cars.com deems the cabin "sporty and elegant" in that "silver-colored trim encircles the gauges and dash vents, and high-end materials like aluminum, carbon fiber and wood are available in addition to the standard piano black accents." Edmunds concludes, "the S5 arguably offers more eye-catching style than all of its competitors put together."