2012 Audi S5 vs. Its Competition

2012 Audi S5 Coupe
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The 2012 Audi S5 Coupe and Cabriolet feature unique styling that sets them apart, but rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 335i and M3, and Porsche Boxster/Cayman all offer similar or better performance with high-grade luxury.

The Infiniti G37 Coupe and Convertible put out very close figures on performance, but come up short in the luxury and refinement measures--though they cost far less than the Audi as well.

Some of these alternatives aren't four-seaters, but the rear seats in the S5, particularly in the Cabriolet, won't likely see much use anyway--consider them all if you're in the market for a fast luxury coupe or convertible.

2012 Audi S5 Coupe2012 Audi S5
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2012 BMW 3-Series2012 BMW 3-Series
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2012 Infiniti G37 Coupe2012 INFINITI G37 Coupe
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2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon Sport 3.5L 4MATIC Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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2012 Porsche Boxster2012 Porsche Boxster
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2012 Porsche Cayman R2012 Porsche Cayman
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Audi S5 / Cabriolet is one of the best-looking performance luxury coupes on the road, and it's one of the best all-around performers, too.
The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.
A sexy, lavishly equipped luxury car, the 2012 Infiniti G37 Coupe has much of the vaunted performance feel of its primary German target.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.
The 2012 Porsche Cayman is a potent mix of performance, comfort, and cargo space, and a leader in the sports car segment.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas Flat-6Gas Flat 6-Cyl
EPA Class     
CompactCompact CarsSubcompactSubcompact CarsTwo-SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe Manual Prestige4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV2-Door Base RWD2-Door Coupe E 350 RWD2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
2 Door CoupeSedan2 Door CoupeCoupeConvertible2 Door Coupe
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/ODAutomaticManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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