2019 Audi S5 Convertible

2019 MODEL
$65,100 - $68,800

8.3

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2019 Audi S5 Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Rahul Hans Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 13, 2019


At first glance youd recognize the Audi's distinctive timeless styling, with the big grille adorned with four overlapped rings in the front. The S5 is the most aesthetic and versatile convertible in the price range. Add plush interiors and a powerful engine, and you get your dream car in a tidy German package to drive down sunny California boulevards or cruise through the canyon.

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Pros

Strong and smooth acceleration

Immense grip around turns

Interior is modern, classy and packed with high-tech features

A comfortable ride and seats for all-day trips

Cons

Interior storage is adequate but not generous

What's New?

New Premium trim level

New wireless charger


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$65100

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

349 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

369 lbs.-ft @ 1370 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.5/61.7

dimensions

wheelbase

108.9 in.

length

184.7 in.

width

72.7 in.

height

54.4 in.

curb weight

4211 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

81 cu ft.

cargo volume

9.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

882 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

highway range

443.7 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Audi S5 Convertible in Florett Silver Metallic color  2019 Audi S5 Convertible in Ibis White color  2019 Audi S5 Convertible in Mythos Black Metallic color  2019 Audi S5 Convertible in Navarra Blue Metallic color  2019 Audi S5 Convertible in Tango Red Metallic color
Florett Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

9.5

Interior

7.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Audi S5 Convertible Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
349 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$65,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $65,100 MSRP (21/24/29) 349 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4

 2019 Audi S5 Convertible Prestige

Prestige

power
349 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$68,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $68,800 MSRP (21/24/29) 349 hp @ 5400 rpm, 3 L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


Starting at $52,400, the a 3.0L turbo V6 is the perfect companion for your journey. It's not just Audi who makes a good looking convertible. Against the German trio, the BMW 4-series and the Mercedes E-class convertible, as well as a Lexus thrown into the mix. Let's compare them and see who wins this rivalry.


 

9.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Audi S5 Convertible Features

Available in 3 trim levels, the Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, as you climb up the trim levels, you get more and more features and technology, but the price increases as well.

Model S5 Premium S5 Premium Plus S5 Prestige
MSRP $61,400 $65,100 $68,800
Key Features 18-inch wheels with summer performance tires Front and rear parking sensors Head-up display
  LED headlights Hands-free trunklid opener Adaptive cruise control
  Panoramic sunroof Keyless entry and ignition Lane keeping assist
  Sport suspension Navigation system Automated parking system
  Selectable drive modes 8.3-inch infotainment display Surround-view camera system
  Tri-zone automatic climate control Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system
  MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch screen Vehicle exit alert  
  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto    

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The Premium Plus trim is the best S5 to have which comes with sporty performance upgrades and essential features like, sport-tuned adaptive suspension and an upgraded rear differentialfor a reasonable price.

2019 Audi S5 Convertible Engine and Performance

9.5/10

The S5 has impressive road-holding capabilities. It easily navigates through sharp turns at speeds that would overwhelm lesser vehicles. The all-wheel-drive system deftly supplies power to specific wheels to aid the car's handling balance around turns. - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Audi S5 comes with a powerful 3.0L turbocharged V6 with a much smoother torque curve than youd expect. With virtually zero turbo lag the throttle control is a bliss in both stop and go traffic in cities as well as cruising through highways. The tiptronic automatic transmission is quick and intuitive enough that it does not constantly need to shift through the gears to find the right one.

Models

Audi S5

Mercedes Benz E450

BMW 4-Series 440i

Lexus RC

Price

$52,400

$59,800

$51,200

$50,790

Engine

Intercooled Turbo 3.0L V-6

3.0L Twin Turbo Unleaded V-6

3.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium U`1nleaded I-6

3.5L Premium Unleaded V6

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic Tiptronic

9-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

349 hp @5400 rpm

362 @ 5500

322 @ 5500

311@6600

Torque

369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm

369 @ 1800

330 @ 1380

280 @ 4800

In comparison , the E class Mercedes-Benz has a more powerful engine, but the rear wheel drive convertible feels like it could reach the edge of the traction. The 4-series BMW on the other hand is rather underpowered for the price and youd find much more pleasure in the M4 instead.

Acceleration

The Quattro all-wheel convertible's smooth acceleration is not to be taken lightly. Flooring the pedal makes the convertible accelerate hard and takes it to 60 in a matter of 4.3 seconds. The quarter mile is covered in 12.8 seconds, quite unexpected for a convertible which doesn't have Audi's RS badge.

Models

Audi S5

Mercedes Benz E450

BMW 4-Series 440i

Lexus RC

0-60 MPH

4.3 seconds

4.1 seconds

4.4 seconds

5.9 seconds

Quarter mile

12.8 seconds

12.6seconds

12.9 seconds

N/A

Engine

3.0L

3.0L

3.0L

3.5L

Emission

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Comparatively the Mercedes is faster to 60 with a much more powerful engine and subsequently quicker through the quarter mile. However, the Lexus is at a major disadvantage here, with merely 311hp, it takes 5.9 seconds to reach 60.

Ride and Handling

With an improved multi-link suspension and a stiffer chassis, the S5 convertible has a much better ride quality than the previous model. The optional adaptive dampers and sport suspensions slightly stiffened up the ride but make your daily commute sportier by keeping the convertible planted to the tarmac.

The optional dynamic steering mimics the intuitive steering usually found in high-end supercars, which varies the gear ratio based on your speed and steering angle. It has been specifically designed to give the driver optimum feedback, and can be adjusted based on the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

Braking

The Audi S5 convertible has robust brakes that help stop it the quickest amongst its competition. The technology used is immaculate and proves to be life-saving in case of situations demanding sudden braking as well. It has 13.8-inch diameter front brakes to ensure quick braking.

Model

Audi S5

Mercedes Benz E450

BMW 4-Series 440i

Lexus RC

Brake Front (in.)

13.8

14.2

13.4

14

Brake Rear (in.)

13

14.2

13

12

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3847

4200

3635

3748

70-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

166

N/A

The brakes used in the Audi are not the biggest, but still it is able to stop before the Mercedes does and also before the much lighter BMW does. The Audi is no doubt the best as far as braking is considered.

2019 Audi S5 Convertible Fuel Economy

As far as fuel economy is concerned, the S5 doesn't have the best-in-class economy, but delivers a decent 21 in the city, 30 on the highway and 24 combined. The fuel economy doesn't come off as a negative when you notice the performance aspect of the Audi S5 convertible.

Model

Audi S5

Mercedes Benz E450

BMW 4-Series 440i

Lexus RC

MPG (city)

21

19

21

20

MPG (highway)

30

26

32

28

MPG (combined)

24

22

25

23

However, the BMW and the Mercedes have better fuel economy than it. The BMW wins this one with the highest economy claimed to be 25 combined mpg for followed closely by the Mercedes-Benz E 450 with 22 mpg combined for the same.

2019 Audi S5 Convertible Interior

7.0/10

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

For a luxury convertible, the seating capability of 4 passengers does not seem justified. The sloping roofline for the convertible type body of the car compromises for the seating comfort in the rear seats. Headroom and shoulder room is not much, however; the passengers in the front are comfortable in the leather seats.

Model

Audi S5

Mercedes Benz E450

BMW 4-Series 440i

Lexus RC

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

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

37.9/57.8/41.3

40.9/56.1/41.8

39.8/55.3/42.2

39/54.7/45.4

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

38.2/56.9/32.7

 

36.4/50.3/N/A

36.1/51.7/33.7

34.8/50.8/27.3

Mercedes-Benz E 450 feels nice and plush but crammed in the rear. It feels smaller in the cabin and only the front seats are comfortable. It cannot be called practical for weekend trips but daily commuting is definitely possible. The BMW however, is very spacious and airy when compared to the other cars in context. It has lots of headroom, legroom, as well as shoulder room in the front but the rear seats, are good only for kids.

Cargo Capacity

Despite its size, the Audi S5 lacks the trunk size that you'd require from a convertible. At 11.6 cubic feet, the trunk is much smaller than the 15 cubic feet capacity of the E-class, but still ahead of the Lexus. The top of the line is the BMW 4-series which has 15.7 cubic feet.

Model

Audi S5

Mercedes Benz E 450

BMW 4-Series 440i

Lexus RC

Cargo Volume (ft.3) seat 3

11.6

15

15.7

10.4

Infotainment System

The Audi's convertible is full to the brim with high-end features and technologies at the price range. With a 10-speaker system, upgradable to a 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround sound system, the Audi could make it feel like a concert within your car. The integrated driver information system with Bluetooth compatibility.

On the steering, you'd find the cruise and audio controls at your thumb's reach. However, with a major update around the corner, we could see Audi bringing much more to the table.

Infotainment Features

  • 8.4-inch Touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Satellite Navigation with HD-radio
  • Sirius XM radio module
  • Active vehicle status display
  • 10-speaker system

 

2019 Audi S5 Convertible Exterior

The S5's evolution has been slow and deliberate. Most buyers may have a hard time distinguishing the convertible or convertible from its predecessor that debuted in 2007. - Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

Even though the Audi S5 is loaded with features and technology, it manages to weigh less than 4000 pounds which is considered to be a good weight for a luxury convertible. The handling is amazing and the Quattro AWD technology of the Audi helps make it razor sharp precise while steering. This helps in cornering perfectly at high speeds as well making it a very confidence-inspiring car.

Model

Audi S5

Mercedes Benz E450

BMW 4-Series 440i

Lexus RC

Curb weight (lbs.)

3847

4200

3635

3748

Length(in)

184.7

190

182.6

184.8

Width(in)

72.7

73.2

71.9

72.4

Height(in)

53.9

56.3

54.2

54.9

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

N/A

N/A

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

108.8

113.1

110.6

107.5

Track width (in) F/R

62.5/61.7

63.2/63.3

60.8/62.8

62.2/61.8

The Audi isn't the heaviest of the bunch, that title goes to the E-class convertible; but neither is it the lightest. The BMW 4-series is the lightest convertible from the lot and also the shortest. The wider, longer and lower Mercedes creates a more imposing street presence for the convertible.

2019 Audi S5 Convertible Safety

Safety and Reliability

  • SIDEGUARD Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • SIDEGUARD Curtain 2nd Row Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

 

2019 Audi S5 Convertible Competition

Audi S5 vs Mercedes-Benz E450

The E-class Mercedes is a much more powerful as well as well-equipped alternative to the S5. The engine is more lively and the handling has a much more aggressive feel compared to the smooth and refined acceleration of the S5, which could also be a plus point for some, especially if it snows often. The Audi, however gets a more upscaled and ergonomically designed cabin and infotainment compared to the Mercedes.

Audi S5 vs BMW 440i

The BMW 4-series, much like the Mercedes is also a treat to drive, however, it lacks the grip and refinement youd need if you intend to daily drive the convertible. The interiors and infotainment still has the archaic feel in the BMW compared to the Audi which seems more like a spaceship. In terms of practicality the BMW, however takes the cake.

2019 Audi S5 Convertible Final Verdict

The 2019 Audi S5 convertible is a value for money convertible that delivers good performance, precise handling, robust braking and all the comfort one needs. It has decent fuel economy, average cargo volume and a very addictive exhaust note from the sporty V6 motor. It falls a bit short at comforting the rear passengers and rear visibility but doesn't fail to bring a smile to the occupant's face.

How much does it cost to own a 2019 Audi S5?

If you are planning to get yourself an Audi S5 for your next birthday then keep around $30,000 aside for the overall cost of running for a year.

For how long is your 2019 Audi S5 covered under warranty?

Audi provides a standard warranty of 4 yr/ 50000 miles which includes basic and drivetrain warranty and free maintenance for 1st year up to 10000 miles.

How easy is it to live with 2019 Audi S5?

Audi S5 is a very practical car that can be used for a daily commute. Fuel economy is mediocre and can be dealt with even on daily basis bumper to bumper driving.