2008 Audi S5 User Reviews

2008 Audi S5 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 13 reviews

  • Performance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Appearance:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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"power" 6 reviews
"beautiful car" 5 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews
"price" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews

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Ben writes:
2008 Audi S5 Review
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4

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Good looking car, great smooth power delivery, short, crisp shifting, smooth yet
communicative ride quality and lots of extra fun gadgets inside to keep all but the craziest
of technophiles happy.

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Weird "fairy lamps" around the headlights, the interior control scheme is not intuitive,
nonintuitive starting routine if the key is in its slot and really tall first gear.

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Great Power Delivery But Nonintuitive Interior Controls. — My father and I went to test drive this car as soon as we saw that the local Audi dealership had one on the lot. I was really impressed with how smooth the engine was on this car, but the clutch took a lot of getting used to as it engages about a micron off the floor but this was soon forgiven once you got out of first gear, but there is no feathering the clutch when trying to start this car moving! This leads to my first real complaint, when trying to start moving again after being stopped at a red light right outside of the dealership, I accidentally brought the clutch out a bit too far (1.5 microns instead of 1) and ended up killing the engine in the middle of Main Street. Not to worry I thought and touched the large "Engine Start" button. Nothing happened, I tried again, same result, I tried putting the car in neutral and hitting the button, nothing, put on the parking brake, nothing. Now I was a bit nervous, I started fiddling with the myriad of controls on the dash of the car, all while keeping my feet firmly on the clutch and brakes when i somehow managed to bump the key flob that was securely in its place in the dash, and lo and behold, the engine purred to life. For some reason, Audi in their infinite genius decided that if the key was in its spot that you had to press the key flob in to start the car, but if you left the key out of that spot, you had to push the "Engine Start" button, why they did this, who knows, but this wasn't the only thing confusing about the interior. When you sit down in this car, you are confronted with more switches and buttons than are equipped on the USS Enterprise and the dual screens (one in the instrument cluster and one in the normal sat-nav position in the dash) each with their own roller selector on the steering wheel, make even changing the radio a chore at first. Don't get me wrong, from a purely driving stand point, I loved this car, the seats were comfortable but supportive and communicative, the shifting was short and crisp and the ride quality was superb, however compared to the interior of a comparable BMW with their iDrive system, the Audi's extra switchery felt awkward and cluttered to the first time user. I am sure once one is used to this system, it would probably feel very natural but the overall first impression left me wanting something with a more minimalist control scheme. About the only other thing that I was disappointed with was how tall first gear was. With how the clutch on this car was, I expected first gear to be a little bit more forgiving, but even with this car's great engine, the all wheel drive system made sure that if you weren't within that small acceptable range on the clutch and the throttle, you either killed the engine or jerked off the line. With these few things aside though, I really enjoyed my test drive of Audi's new S5 and am looking forward to trying out next years model.

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Lawrence writes:
2008 Audi S5 4.2 Quattro Review
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5

Pros

Fast, AWD, big, beautiful, AWD

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It's not as nimble as an M3, but easier to drive for the masses through all seasons.

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Nice — The most exciting looking Audi for normal people.

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Callum writes:
2008 Audi S5 4.2 Quattro Review
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looks amazing

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none

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Beautiful — It is a fast car but also convenient for a family. It has the same huge engine as the R8

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Jediryan writes:
2008 Audi S5 4.2 Quattro Review
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5

Pros

Looks Great! Drives better than it looks!

Cons

She's thirsty!

Jediryan
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Dream Car — When I was 10 I wanted the Mach 5 from Speed Racer. When I was 22 I wanted a BMW 635CSI, white with tan interior. The dream is now a well planned reality and it's better than that 10yr old me could have imagined! The S5 is fast when you need it to be, a cruiser when you want it to be and always a joy to drive. Now I know why Speed Racer only drove one car. When you get what you want and what you need and at a reasonable price, you sit and enjoy! See you in the rain, snow and funny pages!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Andy writes:
2008 Audi S5 4.2 Quattro Review
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Great looking car mate with a GREAT engine.

Cons

I dont own it.

35

S5 — Performance: Audi 4.2L V8 is a great motor especially in this sleek looking car. It has the same base engine as the beautiful RS4 minus the few ponies and twist. Like most Audi the brake are great to stop a heavy car. Handling again like most Audi there is understeer on high speed corner thanks to the engine mounted sooo far up in the car Appearance: Beautiful timeless body match the almost perfect interior. The interior is nice and it make seem you're in some sort of space ship and your the pilot. The dash of the car angle most of the controls toward the driver. Fun Factor: 4 out of 5 stars

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Kevin writes:
2008 Audi S5 4.2 Quattro Review
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Its all round ability which pleases.

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Getting out of it.

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Beautiful Inside And Out And A Real Pleasure To Live With — It is a great GT car for every day use. The Active Steering and Suspension make it two cars in one at the press of a button. Driving it sedately or pressing on is always exciting. The engine noise could be louder when the dynamic button is set. Performance is very good for the power provided. Build quality is excellent and no rattles or squeaking has occured.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Luke writes:
2008 Audi S5 4.2 Quattro Review
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4

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the looks!

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petrol expense!

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Practical And Thrilling — practical, but expensive when doing short journeys. always manages to get attention, LED LIGHTS!! freeview, bang and olfsun sound system, ipod interface and plenty of boot! gorgeous front with a chrome grill and mirrors, lil' V8 badge on the side just to be cheeky. its an audi so quality for the money.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Tony writes:
2008 Audi S5 4.2 Quattro Review
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coolness

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coolness

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Tony's S5 — Best car I have owned. Elegant yet sporty still. You know me and my lead foot... It has all the power I need and the reserve is unbelievable. it's definitely a must have in my garage!!! I can't say enough.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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nurik writes:
2008 Audi S5 4.2 Quattro Review
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5

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Lots of performance + low price= good deal

Cons

you will not find any problems, accept there aren't enough body kits for this car

nurik
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Awesome Car — This car has heart stoping performance and a very reasonable price.I have driven it and it feals soft but holds tight corners good. Brakes are very good, handlig the best with quatro. This car acceds expectations, you will not be disapointed at all.

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Sang writes:
2008 Audi S5 4.2 Quattro Review
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5

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Beautiful and powerful.

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Audi: maintenance problems.

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The Best Car Ever. — This car is a beast. The six speed manual coupled with the cars V8 gives the exhaust a fantastic roar and unbeliveable torque. Just about the most beautiful car ever built as well.

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