Audi S5 coupe review: weekend testing
As your family grows, a lot of things grow with it. Your home, your fridge, your credit card bill; It will all expand instantly with your friend. But one thing is certain to be the smallest: your choice of car.
More children and more things require, well, more cars. So you can forget that the sleazy two-seater car you had eyes on. A bigger family also means more costs. And so the greater focus is on values and endurance to endure the three children’s ongoing sanctions.
Where once you can scan the engine specifications and time from 0 to 100km / h, instead you will be obsessed with the limited warranty and servicing programs, and see I uttered unimaginable things like towels but would stains come out of that cloth?
And so, you enter the world of the city’s family cars, which, as the name implies, are reliable, safe, reliable vehicles equipped to meet your operational needs. transfer of family. And in my house, everything from school and sports came running to a trailer full of junk to fill holiday stuff on long trips.
It has a gorgeous car from every angle, with a view that promises some serious performance.
But is it good to add a bit of driving pleasure to that list?
Enter the 2017 Audi S5 Coupe. It may cost a sticker of $ 105,800, but it is a beautiful car from every angle, with looks that promise some serious performance. Sure, the two doors, four seats and the beautifully sculpted roof don immediately shouted friendly to the family. But damn, this is my daily driver.
Audi’s S cars are known for balancing the practicality needed to complete daily tasks with the ability to have some fun each time. Which, by the way, sounds very similar to one of my weekends.
So, how will this new Coupe handle family duties?
The day started at a horrifying time as usual when we started one of the kids’ football matches. The first time the car was discovered, there was real excitement from the mini cars, with a unified chorus of the coooool faction as they approached the S5 Coupe.
However, after opening the door to allow them to enter the backseat, the mood became a little flat. The big smile has been replaced by realizing that two of them will soon be forced into the back, while one will be riding up front. Many subsequent rock paper scissors games determine the winner of the front seat and the loser of the back seat. Ten minutes later, we were off.
Upfront is definitely the place to stay in this car. In my driving position (I’m 180cm tall), the eight-year-old (lost) twins have less than a few inches of legroom in the backseat. Adults will certainly feel a little cramped there.
The overall cabin interior, though, is a real highlight here. The design and materials used throughout are excellent, and the Audi cock Virtual Cockpit – a giant digital display that replaces the traditional dial in the driver’s carrying case – takes center stage and it make a big difference to the way you read things like navigation guides.
After a heavy defeat in football, it fell into basketball, and I aggressively participated in the usual parking roulette game of five blocks around the courts.
Out of the five driving modes provided, Auto Auto setting is my choice among the bumps around the blocks. The car is relatively unimpeded by sprays, however the ride is certainly more noticeable on some larger potholes. Finally, when locating a car, the reversing camera and many parking sensors made the parking job light.
After the morning sport took place over the weekend, I was scared – a trip to Ikea. I need to return some items and another exchange. Audi claims boot space is 465 liters with the rear seats, and on first impression, it looks surprisingly large. With the rear seats folded down (split 40/20/40). The furniture packaging box I have returned is managed to fit without problems. Result.
If the sleek appearance does not hint at what is encased in the metal front plate, the noise emitted by pressing the start button will certainly occur. I chose Dynamic and sans children. In this mode, the control, acceleration and engine notes are significantly more attentive to the smallest inputs that elicit a sharper, sharper response. The zigzag, empty roads are definitely where this car should be driven.
Sunday afternoon, I ran Woolies, and this is where things are not resolved. Driving to the store I could feel something amiss over the wheel. Stepping out of the car confirmed it – I heard the first screech, and then discovered the filthy big screws sticking out of the tires.
The Woolies car park is the perfect place to change your tire – flat and light. As with all Audis, the S5 comes with space-saving tires, suitable for purpose but extremely ugly.
On another gorgeous Coupe S5, it looks like a boil on the face of a Victoria Secret Secret model, and sadly offers a great end to any performance driver anymore (check out this video. from Chris Harris, who demonstrates something else).