Audi S5 Sportback has been launched in India along with the new Carbriolet and the standard A5 sedan. This is the perfect time to release the Audi S5 due to the fact that it was only a few days ago when Mercedes launched the C-Class AVANT GARDE: Edition C, which is faster than the base C-Class, but slower and cheaper than the C63 AMG. The S5 will be sitting lower than the RS5 in terms of performance and price, largely due to the fact that it is from a different category altogether.
The S5 does not have the word Sportback in its name for nothing. The gradually sloping roof-line and the boot lip spoiler are major hints at this car’s sporty side. The frame-less doors add a touch of elegance to what is otherwise an aggressive design. The front bumper is more aerodynamic than the one on the A5 and does a good job of helping people differentiate between the two models. Quad oval-tip exhausts at the back might oversell the S5’s performance figures but they by no means are underwhelming.
The 190hp unit produces 400Nm of torque, which is transferred to Earth via Audi’s world-renowned Quattro drive system. The S5’s refinement is what surprises the most. It mimics petrol engine-like ergonomics, keeping the NVH levels at a minimum inside the cabin. The ride is not exactly plush, but is certainly better than what other cars built with the same purpose as the S5 offer. The steering can feel a bit unresponsive at times, but other than that, the drive won’t fail to impress.
On the inside, the S5 makes it clear that is it a driver’s car. With limited head and knee room at the back, the rear is not the best place to enjoy this machine from. With a 750 Watt Bang & Olufsen system, Audi’s infotainment system with handwritten inputs and the signature Virtual Cockpit, there is no shortage of features.
At 70 lakhs, the S5 may very well be the best that money can buy for the price in terms of a four-seater Sportback which can not only look fast, but also go fast. With its unique design and feature-laden interiors that even the likes of Mercedes can’t match, we might have a segment leader in our midst.