2020 Audi S5 Sportback

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2020 Audi S5 Sportback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 10, 2020
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The Audi S5 was launched in 2007 as a high-performance variant of the Audi A5 and since then, it enjoys a huge fan following because of the package it comes with. The car not only gets a luxurious and very premium cabin but is one of the very few vehicles in the segment which gets such a great balance between ride and handling. The 2020 Audi S5 Sportback is an extremely capable vehicle that is not just fun to drive but comes with powerful engine options and reliable mechanical setup. In terms of styling, the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback looks elegant, classy, and aggressive. The car gets an attractive design language and a sporty front. In addition to all these, the Audi S5 also gets a capable AWD which further enhances the driving dynamics and performance of this car. With rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz AMG C43, BMW M340i, and the Lexus GS 350, the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback faces stiff competition in the luxury sports sedan segment.

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Pros

Fun to drive nature and matured driving dynamics

Powerful 3.0-L V6 engine

Extremely stable and agile at higher speeds

Cons

Steering feels artificial and lacks feedback

Storage spaces are lacking

Poor performance in comfort mode

What's New?

Slight tweaks on design front

Latest 10.1-inch touchscreen with MIB 3 infotainment interface

Safety features include blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$51900

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

349 hp

torque

369 lbs.-ft. @ 1370 rpm

transmission

8-Speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13.8

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

187.1 in.

width

72.6 in.

height

54.5 in.

curb weight

3935 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

81 cu ft.

cargo volume

35 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/30/24 mpg

highway range

459 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Audi S5 Sportback Detailed Review video
2020 Audi S5 Sportback Interior video

Styles

2020 Audi S5 Sportback in Glacier White Metallic color 2020 Audi S5 Sportback in District Green Metallic color 2020 Audi S5 Sportback in Tango Red Metallic color
Glacier White Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine And Performance

9.6

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

8.9

Exterior

9.6

Competition

9.1

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Audi S5 Sportback Premium

Premium

power
349 hp
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$51,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium quattro 4dr Hatchback AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $51,900 MSRP (21/24/30) 349 hp, 3 L, V-6, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-Speed automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
349 hp
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$54,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus quattro 4dr Hatchback AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $54,400 MSRP (21/24/30) 349 hp, 3 L, V-6, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-Speed automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Prestige

Prestige

power
349 hp
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$60,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Prestige quattro 4dr Hatchback AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $60,300 MSRP (21/24/30) 349 hp, 3 L, V-6, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-Speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.8

Overall Rating


With the recent update, the Audi S5 now gets a more extensive feature and equipment list, which makes it a terrific package against its rivals. The styling looks more aggressive and the engine and the transmission options are better than before. The cabin is well built and the prices are reasonable as well.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Three Quarter View

Be it blistering fast acceleration, matured driving dynamics, or the overall practicality, the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback has it all. The 2020 Audi S5 Sportback Premium price starts from $51,900 while the top trim option, the Prestige is priced at $60,300. With this being said, how well is the car? Let’s find out.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Front View
2020 Audi S5 Sportback Rear View

7.9/10
Features

 

9.6/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.9/10
Interior

 

9.6/10
Exterior

 
 

9.1/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Features

7.9/10

Three trim options – Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige – are on offer with the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback. A 3.0-L turbocharged V-6 engine powers the car and comes mated to an 8-Speed AT. While the Starting price of the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback Premium is $51,900, the Premium Plus is priced at $54,400. The range-topping variant is priced at $60,300 and gets all the bells and whistles and other performance upgrades. The detailed list of feature distribution in the variants is given below.

Trim

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP

$51,900

$54,400

$60,300

Key Features

Panoramic sunroof

All features of Premium and:

All features of Premium Plus and:

 

Leather/simulated suede combination upholstery

Power-folding mirrors

Driver Assistance package

 

Heated front seats with massage

Front and rear parking sensors

Navigation package

 

10-speaker audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Digital instrument panel

Automated parallel and perpendicular parking system

 

Forward collision warning

Wireless charging pad

Head-up display

 

Auto-dimming exterior mirrors

Rear USB charging ports

360-degree parking camera

 

Keyless entry

Adaptive cruise control

19-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system

Which trim should you buy?

The most value for money trim on offer on the entire 2020 Audi S5 Sportback lineup is the fully loaded Prestige trim. This trim is priced at $60,300 and gets almost all the necessary features. In addition to this, this trim option sees the addition of a number of updates which results in much better performance output. The Prestige trim options work out to be the most value for money variants when we consider the number of features that we get with this variant.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Engine and Performance

9.6/10

Powering the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback is a mighty 3/0-L engine that churns out 349 hp and 369 Nm of peak torque. This engine comes mated to an 8-Speed AT. The good bit about this engine is its refinement, it is super-refined. Performance too is great, and enthusiasts will love pushing this engine to its maximum limits. The power to weight ratio of the vehicle is great and results in brisk acceleration and impressive performance.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Engine

Low-end power delivery is good, but being a V-6, it shows its potential in the top-end. The gearbox offers quick shifts and helps the driver extract the most power from the engine. The car will feel at home in the city, due to its good drivability, and out on the highway too, the engine doesn’t feel subdued and can cruise at triple-digit speeds all day long.

Models

Audi S5 Sportback

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

Lexus GS 350

MSRP

$51,900

$55,950

$54,000

$52,420

Engine

3.0L turbo V-6

3.0L Bi-turbo V6

3.0L Twin-turbo Inline-6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed AT

9-Speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT Automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8 Speed A/T

Power (hp @ rpm)

349 @ 5,400

385 @ 6,100

382 @ 5,800

311 @ 6,400

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

369 @ 1,370

384 @ 2,500

369 @ 1,800

280 @ 4,800

As it is clearly evident from the table, the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback competes for neck-to-neck with its rivals in terms of engine power and output. However, the Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 is the most powerful car in the competition.

How fast is the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback?

If the performance figures are taken into consideration, the Audi S5 Sportback works out to be one of the fastest vehicles in the segment. The mighty 3.0-L engine of the Audi S5 Sportback helps it reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.4 secs. The top speed of the car is restricted at 155 MPH and the quarter-mile run is done by the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback in just 12.4 secs.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Accelerate 0-60 MPH Just in 4.4 Sec

Models

Audi S5 Sportback

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

Lexus GS 350

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.4

4.5

4.4

5.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

12.4

12.2

12.3

14.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

155

155

155

130

Engine

3.0L turbocharged V6

3.0L Bi-turbo V6

3.0L Twin-turbo inline 6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The 2020 Audi S5 Sportback is a quick vehicle and gets segment-leading 0-60 mph timings of just 4.4 secs. However, rivals offer better quarter-mile run timing. If your main requirements are speed and power and driving dynamics, the Audi S5 Sportback just is a great choice and with the 2020 update, things are now definitely better.

Ride and Handling

The 2020 Audi S5 gets a nicely tuned suspension which has a great ride and handling combo. Despite the large 20-inch wheels, the ride quality is not very stiff. The suspension is well-tuned and offers the perfect ride and handling balance. The tire size stands at 265/30/20 which helps in added driving dynamics as the sidewall is not very big and results in a very subtle and a plated ride experience. Overall, the suspension is biased towards performance. The suspension does its job silently and sitting inside, one car barely hears the suspension thud over the large potholes.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Front View

Moreover, the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback feels planted on the road at triple-digit speeds and does not lose its composure when going over road undulations. The cars feel extremely stable and agile at the corners and the overall experience is better than its competition. The EPS has a steering rack with a variable ratio that keeps it light at city speeds and weights up nicely at the higher speeds. The feedback from the EPS however is not very great and the overall steering response feels a little too artificial.

Braking Performance

All four wheels on the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback come with ventilated disc brakes along with many features such as ABS and EBD to enhance the overall braking capabilities of the vehicle. The vehicle comes equipped with 13.8-inch front and 13-inch rear brake rotors. Overall, with a curb weight of 3858 lbs, the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback performs decently well in the braking department.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Brake Rotors

It is also worth noting the fact that under emergency braking, the car does not lose its composure and the driver can easily control it to avoid an obstacle.

Models

Audi S5 Sportback

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

Lexus GS 350

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.8

14.2

13.7

13.1

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13

13.8

13.6

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3858

3825

3849

3726

60-0 (feet)

105

109

111

113

In our tests of 60-0 mph braking performance runs, the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback came to a complete halt in just 105 ft, which is much better than the segment.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Fuel Economy

6.7/10

For a vehicle of this class and size, the fuel efficiency figures put up by the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback are decent. The car gets a claimed fuel economy of 20 MPG for city usage while the highway economy figures stand at 27 MPG. The car gets a fuel tank with a capacity of 15.3 gallons.

Models

Audi S5 Sportback

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

Lexus GS 350

MPG (City)

20

19

22

20

MPG (Highway)

27

27

30

28

MPG (Combined)

23

22

26

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.3

17.4

15.6

17.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined) in Miles)

306/413/351

330/470/382

343/468/405

348/487/400

Among the competition, BMW M340i boasts of an impressive fuel economy of 26 MPG (combined), and also thanks to its larger fuel tank capacity, it has a decent range before coming to a stop for a refill.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Interior

8.9/10

The 2020 Audi S5 Sportback gets a practical cabin with enough storage spaces in the central console and in the door trims. The interiors look bright and the occupants feel calm inside the cabin. The quality of the plastics used inside the cabin is great.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Dashboard

At the front, the seats are comfortable and the seats provide the right amount of cushioning to its passengers. Ingress and egress from the car are easy and overall, the interiors are decent. However, comparing it to the rivals, the Audi S5 Sportback gets fewer storage spaces, and practicality inside the cabin is not as great as its rivals.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Front Seats

The Audi S5’s cabin is comfortable and feature-rich. The space available inside may not be the highest in the segment but the overall fit and finish levels are great.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Rear Seats

Models

Audi S5 Sportback

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

Lexus GS 350

Seating Capacity

4

4

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.4/55.3/41.3

40.9/55.3/41.7

38.7/56.0/42.0

38/57.3/42.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.1/50.7/32.7

37.1/55/35.2

37.6/54.6/35.2

37.8/55.7/36.8

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

10.9

12.6

17.0

18.4

The 2020 Audi S5 Sportback may not have the most spacious car in the segment but provides a comfortable and luxurious experience to its owners. However, it is the Lexus GS350 which boasts maximum trunk space and cabin space.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

A 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit plus is available in the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback. In addition, the car gets a 10.1-inch infotainment screen. A 19 speaker bang and Olufsen sound system comes as standard in the top trim and sounds crystal clear and loud.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback have 10.1 Inch Touch Scree Infotainment Display

Other features include Audi smartphone interface, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and steering mounted controls. The car also gets inbuilt navigation and voice command option.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Exterior

9.6/10

The 2020 Audi S5 Sportback gets a handsome design with a bold and aggressive-looking front. The side profile is smooth and sharp while the rear looks elegant and classy.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Three Quarter View

The overall design gives Audi S5 a great visual appeal and the car does not fail to attract a number of eyeballs when it is out on the road. Overall, the design is sporty, aggressive, yet looks very classy and elegant.

Models

Audi S5 Sportback

Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

BMW M340i

Lexus GS 350

Curb Weight (lbs)

3858

3825

3849

3726

Length (inches)

184.9

185

185.7

192.1

Width (inches)

79.9

71.9

72.1

73.0

Height (inches)

54

56.3

56.4

57.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

3.5

4.6

5.1

Wheelbase (inches)

108.8

111.8

112.2

112.2

In terms of dimensions, the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback is at par with its rivals. The car gets a great road presence and clearly looks smarter than most of its rivals

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Safety

In terms of safety, the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback gets a long list of features and equipment. The car comes with features such as automatic wipers and headlights, adaptive cruise control, Audi drive select, high beam assist, and other driver aid systems such as active lane assist, heads-up display, traffic sign recognition, ABS, EBD, ESC and traction control.

In addition, there are a number fo airbags fitted inside the cabin. Overall, the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback is handsomely equipped with all the modern and advanced safety features and is a very safe car.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Competition

9.1/10

2020 Audi S5 Sportback vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

The AMG C43 is a premium vehicle and comes with a comfortable, practical, and highly equipped cabin. The car gets reliable engine options and delivers faster performance.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

The car not only gets reliable and smooth engines but also drives really well in most of the situations. However, the car is not as good as the Audi S5 Sportback and lacks any enthusiasm while driving.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback vs. BMW M340i

The BMW M340i has always been one of the most reliable and practical vehicles of this segment. The car gets a comfortable cabin, fun to drive nature, powerful powertrain options and in addition to all this, also gets one of the best design cues which simply give it a distinctive character.

2020 BMW M340i

The BMW M340i is a car that is more comfortable and feels more luxurious on the interior front and scores high on the performance front when pitted against the Audi S5 Sportback.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback vs. Lexus GS 350

The Lexus GS 350 provides a premium and comfortable cabin along with great build quality. It has a powerful engine, impressive fuel economy, and best in class power output but the only drawback is that it is not as good in terms of practicality when compared to its rivals.

2020 Lexus GS 350

However, the car is not as dynamic as the Audi S5 Sportback and surely loses behind on elegance, luxury, and driving dynamics. Between the two, Audi S5 Sportback is a sensible choice.

2020 Audi S5 Sportback Final Verdict

Considering everything which has been discussed so far, the 2020 Audi S5 Sportback turns out to be a great choice in the segment. The car gets a great design language, comfortable and luxurious interiors, and a powerful engine gearbox combo. The driving experience of the S5 is worth mentioning here. Overall features available with the car are great and the package is more value for money than any of its rivals.

Used Audi S5 Sportback for Sale


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2020 Audi S5 Sportback 0 Great Deals Out of 90 $54,845 90 Listings
2019 Audi S5 Sportback 2 Great Deals Out of 66 $47,850 66 Listings
2018 Audi S5 Sportback 0 Great Deals Out of 81 $37,350 81 Listings
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