2010 Audi S5 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The S5 has a stunning interior and high levels of fit and finish, but there are some small issues.

The front sport seats are bolstered for grip and comfort. Car and Driver praises the "highly adjustable seat" and a "tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel" that offer the driver a wider range of options. However, the "beltline is high," causing you to feel "a little buried in the car." On the 2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet, Car and Driver says that "two types of front seats will be offered," including "aggressive sport seats" and optional, "slightly less aggressive thrones" with the comfort package. Cars.com notes "the driver and front passenger get leather sport seats that have large side bolsters on both the bottom cushion and backrest." MyRide.com also speaks of the comfort of the front seat area, citing it as one of the "selling points" of the vehicle; the "generous amounts of overall passenger room" is sure to capture serious attention.

The 2010 Audi S5 / Cabriolet seats front passengers in sumptuous luxury-and takes care of luggage-but the rear seats are cramped.

Cars.com says, "There's room for two in the back of the S5. Despite the car's low-slung shape, there's tolerable space for two adults here, and more than enough for kids." For a coupe, the S5 has a comfortable backseat, states Car and Driver, though "a six-footer will be touching knees and head when sitting behind another six-footer." The Cabriolet gets a similar rear-seat treatment, which prompts Car and Driver to report that the "back seat is strictly a two-passenger affair but is spacious for a convertible in this class and tolerable for adults." However, getting in and out of the car is rather easy due to the "conveniently located seatback-mounted switches to move the power seats fore-and-aft." Edmunds agrees, though it finds legroom "somewhat lacking." MyRide.com stresses that it is important to "park with care." The S5's long doors make it "a bit difficult to enter and exit in tight spaces."

The S5 has lots of space for weekend luggage. Cars.com calls the S5's trunk "rather large, at 16.1 cubic feet." Edmunds reports "the rear seat flips down to accommodate more." While most convertibles in this class feature space-sucking hardtop convertibles, the 2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet gets a cloth roof, which bestows the S5 Cabriolet with a respectable amount of versatility. Cars.com says the fabric roof "allows for 11.3 cubic feet of storage volume with the top down," while some of the biggest competitors-like the Volvo C70-make do with just "6 cubic feet of trunk space with the top down." In addition to the spacious trunk, Car and Driver points out that Cabriolet's "50/50-split back seat also folds forward, swelling cargo capacity to 26.5 cubic feet."

Quality is typical for Audi: tightly constructed and tasteful. The leather is "finely stitched," the fit and finish are "impeccable," and the aluminum trim is real, making for an impressive cabin of obvious quality. Cars.com appreciates how the S5's "trim encircles the gauges and dash vents." Car and Driver says "Mucho aluminum trim has been smattered about."

Aside from the obvious security advantage, hardtop convertibles typically afford a much quieter ride than cloth tops, but the Audi S5 Cabriolet matches nearly any car in the class for noise levels. Popular Mechanics says that the S5 Cabriolet "comes standard with Audi's Acoustics Roof, which is said to reduce noise levels "almost to the sedan level.'" Car and Driver has no trouble agreeing with that statement, proclaiming "with the Bang & Olufsen stereo cranked, wind noise isn't even an issue."

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