2018 Audi S5 Convertible

#3
in Midsize convertibles
2018 MODEL

$62,300 - $66,700

8.6

Overall Rating

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Overview

2018 Audi S5 Convertible comes with a brushed up 3.0L V6 engine. However, this time theengine comes with a turbocharger instead of the supercharger the previous facelift had. Thecapable V6 engine produces impressive 354 horsepower in addition to a superb torque of 369 lb.-ft. The Quattro AWD is available in the latest iteration of the S5 Convertible.

Audi S5 Convertible receives a run for money from BMW 440i Convertible and Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible. Another major rival to the 2018 Audi S5 Convertible is the Jaguar F-Type 340hp Convertible.

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Pros

Classy, lavish interior equipped with high-tech features

Comfortable, poised ride experience

Confident driving experience

Excellent road grip even around turns

Powerful, smooth acceleration

Cons

Cramped rear seat

Insufficient boot space when the roof is down

What's New?

Better Structural Rigidity

Reduced Curb Weight

Turbocharger for Supercharger


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$62300

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu. in.

horsepower

354 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

369 lb.-ft. @ 1370 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

108.9 in.

length

184.7 in.

width

72.7 in.

height

54.4 in.

curb weight

4211 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

81 cu ft.

cargo volume

9.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

882 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

12.4 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

6.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

158 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/29 mpg

highway range

443.7 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2018 Audi S5 Convertible in Mythos Black Metallic color  2018 Audi S5 Convertible in Glacier White Metallic color  2018 Audi S5 Convertible in Florett Silver Metallic color  2018 Audi S5 Convertible in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2018 Audi S5 Convertible in Brilliant Black color
Mythos Black Metallic

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Ratings

Exterior

9.6

Engine

9.6

Interior

8.9

Fuel Economy

6.7

Features

7.7

Driving

9.1

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Audi S5 Convertible Premium Plus

Premium Plus

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$62,300

Configurations
Premium Plus quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (20/23/29)
Torque: 369 lbs.-ft. @ 1,370 rpm

 2018 Audi S5 Convertible Prestige

Prestige

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$66,700

Configurations
Prestige quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (20/23/29)
Torque: 369 lbs.-ft. @ 1,370 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor November 2, 2018

8.6

Overall Rating


7.7/10
Features

 

9.6/10
Engine

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.9/10
Interior

 

9.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2018 Audi S5 Convertible comes with a brushed up 3.0L V6 engine. However, this time the engine comes with a turbocharger instead of the supercharger the previous facelift had. The capable V6 engine produces impressive 354 horsepower in addition to a superb torque of 369 lb.-ft. The Quattro AWD is available in the latest iteration of the S5 Convertible.

Features

7.7/10

2018 Audi S5 Convertible is up for grab in two trims, namely Premium Plus and Prestige. Pricing options for the Premium Plus and Prestige trims, respectively start from $62,300 and $66,700. The Prestige trim comes with a number of exclusive features, including heated front S Sport seats and 12-way power front seats.

Trim

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP

$62,300

$66,700

Key

Features

Radio: Audi Sound System -inc: 10 speakers, 6-channel amplifier USB Audi music interface, Audi smartphone interface (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay)

HD radio technology and SiriusXM All Access service


LED Brakelights

Radio: Audi Sound System -inc: 10 speakers, 6-channel amplifier, 180 watts, USB Audi music interface, Audi smartphone interface (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay)
 SiriusXM All Access service

Heated Front S Sport Seats -inc: 12-way power front seats, 4-way power lumbar and massage function

Led Brakelights

While customization options are limited with the Prestige trim, Premium Plus trim comes with a variety of customization options. Standard features available to the Premium Plus trim includes LED brake lights, leather upholstery, and a 10-speaker audio system.

We Recommend

Premium Plus is better than the Prestige trim. This is because there are far wider options that you can choose with the Premium Plus than with the already loaded Prestige trim. Adding S Sport and Navigation packages are recommended. While the former adds adaptive suspension to the ride, the latter adds a larger multimedia screen and a virtual instrument panel

Engine

9.6/10
“The 2018 Audi S5 is at the top of the class when it comes to driver engagement and performance. It's a blast to drive on a twisty road yet well-mannered in everyday situations.”- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 3.0L V6 engine ditches the older supercharger for a turbocharger in the 2018 avatar of the Audi S5 Convertible. The engine is rated for 354 hp of power and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Maximum rpm available to engine power and torque is 5400 and 1370, respectively. Power is sent to all 4 wheels via the Quattro AWD.

Models

Audi S5 convertible Premium plus

BMW 440i Convertible

Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible

Jaguar f type 340hp Convertible

MSRP

$62,300

$58700

$66300

$63000

Engine

3.0L

3.0L

3.0L

2.0L i4

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

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[email protected]

Torque

369ft [email protected] rpm

330ft [email protected]

354ft [email protected]

295ft [email protected]

A ZF-based 8-speed automatic transmission mode is available for gear-shifting in 2018 Audi S5 Convertible. Like the Audi S5 Convertible, BMW 440i Convertible and Jaguar F-Type Convertible also rely on an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible, on the contrary, features a 9-speed automatic transmission mode.

Acceleration

2018 Audi S5 Convertible is an agile shifter. It hits the 60 MPH mark in 4.6 seconds, better than any of its class rivals. Closest competitors are BMW 440i Convertible and Jaguar F-Type Convertible. Both accelerate to 60 MPH in 4.9 seconds. Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible requires 5 seconds for doing the same.

Models

Audi S5 convertible Premium plus

BMW 440i Convertible

Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible

Jaguar f type  Convertible

0-60 MPH

4.6

4.9

5

4.9 sec

Quarter mile

13.2

13.5

13.6

14.1 sec

Engine

3.0 L

3.0L

3.0L

2.0L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.6

N/A

8.0

7.3

For covering a quarter-mile, 2018 S5 Convertible is rated for 13.2 seconds. BMW 440i Convertible covers a quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds. Doing the same requires 13.6 and 14.1 seconds, respectively for the Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible and Jaguar F-Type Convertible.

Ride and Handling

Audi states that the 2018 Audi S5 Convertible flaunts 40% better structural rigidity. Furthermore, the latest incarnation of the S5 Convertible is lighter than the 2017 model. Hence, lightweight and extra body strength account for lessening the variance of drivability between the coupe and the convertible models.

Because the S5 coupe is an excellent ride to drive, so is the S5 Convertible. In fact, reduced body mass makes the S5 Convertible more exciting to drive. The sturdy chassis is able to withstand even rough surfaces and thus deliver an excellent, poised riding experience. The steering is smooth and responsive at all times.

Braking

Audi S5 Convertible has an impressive braking system. The ride has a bigger 13.8-inch front brake and a 13-inch rear brake. The ride is able to come to a complete halt in less than 110 ft. when decelerated from 60 MPH.

Model

Audi S5 convertible Premium plus

BMW 440i Convertible

Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible

Jaguar f type Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

13.8

13.4

14.2

14

Brake Rear (in.)

13

13

14.2

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4211

4138

4332

3405

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

113

109

112

Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible, though being the bulkiest, has the best stopping distance of 109 feet in the fraternity. Stopping distance for Jaguar F-Type R Convertible and BMW 440i Convertible is 112 and 113 feet, respectively.

Fuel Economy

6.7/10

Audi S5 Convertible offers 20 mpg in cities and 29 mpg on highways. The ride offers a combined fuel economy of 23 mpg. This is somewhat better than the 22 mpg delivered by the Mercedes-Benz E400 Convertible.

Model

Audi S5 convertible Premium plus

BMW 440i Convertible

Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible

Jaguar f type 340hp Convertible

MPG (city)

20

21

20

23

MPG (highway)

29

29

26

30

MPG (combined)

23

24

22

26

However, BMW 440i Convertible offers a slightly better-combined fuel economy of 24 mpg than the Audi S5 Convertible. Jaguar F-Type 340hp Convertible offers the best-in-league combined fuel economy of 26 mpg. The ride offers 23 and 30 mpg in cities and highways, respectively.

Interior

8.9/10
“The S5's cabin is a wonderful expression of modern, understated luxury. The materials quality is high, and the smart layout of controls makes operation easy and distraction-free.”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

2018 Audi S5 Convertible is able to accommodate a total of 4 passengers. The ride offers ample 40 and 41.3 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively in the front. Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible and Jaguar F-Type Convertible offer the maximum front headroom and legroom, respectively in the class.

Model

Audi S5 convertible Premium plus

BMW 440i Convertible

Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible

Jaguar f type 340hp Convertible

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40/55.3/41.3

40.4/55.3/42.2

40.7/56.1/41.8

37.0/56.5/43.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.3/46.9/33.3

37.1/49.8/33.1

36.4/48.4/34.1

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The rear seat in 2018 Audi S5 Convertible is cramped. In the back, the ride offers 36.3 inches of headroom and even lesser 33.3 inches of legroom. BMW 440i Convertible offers the most rear headroom of 37.1 inches, while Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible offers the maximum rear legroom of 34.1 inches.

Infotainment System

While the Premium Plus trim comes with a 7-inch infotainment screen, the Prestige trim comes with an 8.3-inch of the same. Both trims boast Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which is intuitive and easy-to-use. An automated display is present in the front of the steering wheel. Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is available.

Connectivity options are available via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot, and USB Audi music interface. For audio, the infotainment system comes with a 10-speaker Audi Sound System. Nonetheless, an optional Bang & Olufsen speaker system is also available for boosting the audio experience.

Interior Features

2018 Audi S5 Convertible boasts one of the most elaborate and exquisite sports convertible interiors. Adding to the lavishness of the S5 interior is the virtual cockpit. Important interior features flaunted by the 2018 Audi S5 Convertible are:

  • Glossy carbon-fiber inlays
  • Heated seats
  • Leather and Alcantara seating
  • Magma Red leather trim [Optional]
  • Premium metal accents
  • Soft-touch door panels
  • Streamlined layout
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Cargo Capacity

With 7.2 cubic feet of storage space, you can carry around 2-3 luggage bags in the 2018 Audi S5 Convertible. This is somewhat better than the 7 cubic feet of dedicated storage space offered by the Jaguar F-Type Convertible.

Model

Audi S5 convertible Premium plus

BMW 440i Convertible

Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible

Jaguar f type 340hp Convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

7.2

13

11.5

7.0

Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible has more storage space than both Audi S5 and Jaguar F-Type convertibles, 11.5 cubic feet. However, it is the BMW 440i Convertible that offers the maximum storage capacity of 13 cubic feet in the competition.

Exterior

9.6/10
“The S5 has quad tailpipe outlets, which more than hint at this model's enhanced power. The S5 coupe has a panoramic sunroof as standard, while the cabriolet has a black fabric that can be operated at speeds up to 31 mph.”-Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

Even though the 2018 incarnation of the Audi S5 Convertible is lighter than the previous iteration, it is still heavy. The ride measures 4211 lbs., making it lighter only to the bulky 4332 lbs. supported by the Mercedes-Benz E400 Convertible. While BMW 440i Convertible is 4138 lbs. heavy, Jaguar F-Type Convertible weighs merely 3405 lbs.

Model

Audi S5 convertible Premium plus

BMW 440i Convertible

Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible

Jaguar f type 340hp Convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

4211

4138

4332

3405

Length(in)

184.7

182.7

190.0

176.0

Width(in)

72.7

71.9

73.2

74.2

Height(in)

54.4

54.5

56.2

51.5

Ground clearance (in)

 

5.1

4.2

4

Wheelbase (in)

108.9

110.6

113.1

103.2

Track width (in) F/R

62.5/61.7

60.8/62.8

63.2/63.3

62.9/64.9

All dimensions are neither maximum nor minimum in the segment, and hence are average. Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible is the longest ride with 190 inches in length. Jaguar F-Type Convertible has the most width in the segment of 74.2 inches. Wheelbase supported by the 2018 Audi S5 Convertible is 108.9 inches.

Exterior Features
There are several great things about the exterior of the 2018 Audi S5 Convertible, including an aggressive styling. The new look is a little refreshing and enthusiastic. Noteworthy exterior feats belonging to the 2018 Audi S5 Convertible are:

  • Aggressive face with elegantly flowing lines
  • Curvy fenders
  • Decklid spoiler
  • Insistent front and rear bumpers
  • Retractable soft-top roof

Safety

Neither IIHS nor NHTSA ratings are available for the 2018 Audi S5 Convertible. However, the ride comes with a number of safety and reliability features. ABS with EBD, forward collision warning system, and stability and traction control are available as standard safety features.

Opting for the Assistance package in the 2018 Audi S5 Convertible further adds adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. Moreover, the package adds traffic sign recognition and traffic jam assistance features.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Audi pre sense basic Forward Collision
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Parking System Plus Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Driver And Passenger Side Airbag Head Extension, Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Side Impact Beams

Competition

Audi S5 Convertible  VS BMW 440i Convertible

Another power-packed competitor to the Audi S5 Convertible is the BMW 440i Convertible. The ride comes with a 3.0L engine, rated for producing 320 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. Like the Audi S5, the 440i comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode.

BMW 440i Convertible requires 4.9 and 13.5 seconds, respectively for accelerating to 60 MPH and charting a quarter-mile. With an opening bid of $58,700, BMW 440i Convertible is the least expensive ride in the competition. The convertible offers a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg.

Audi S5 Convertible  VS Jaguar F Type 340hp Convertible

Pricing options for the Jaguar F-Type 340hp Convertible start from $63,000. Along with a 2.0L i4 engine, the ride features an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. The engine produces 296 hp of power and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, both least amongst its class rivals.

Able to accommodate only a duo, Jaguar F-Type Convertible delivers an excellent combined mileage of 26 mpg. The coupe-convertible is able to shoot to 60 MPH in 4.9 seconds. Its 14.1 seconds requirement for covering a quarter-mile is maximum in the fraternity, though.

Audi S5 Convertible  VS Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible

Unlike its class rivals, Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible relies on a 9-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting. It is the most expensive ride in the competition with a price-tag of $66,300. E400 Convertible offers 329 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque.

Like the Audi S5 Convertible and BMW 440i Convertible, Mercedes Benz E400 Convertible features a 3.0L engine. Although its 0-60 MPH acceleration in 5 seconds is remarkable, it is slowest in the league. Furthermore, the ride offers the least-in-league mileage of 22 mpg.

Final Verdict

2018 Audi S5 Convertible leads the sporty coupe convertible segment. The ride offers excellent interiors with a superb performance. Furthermore, there are several customization options available with the ride to opt for.

For those impressed by the earlier Audi S5 Convertible models, the 2018 Audi S5 Convertible is a must try. The new enhanced engine delivers even better performance and allows the ride to outshine the competition once and for all.

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