By on June 3, 2016

2017 Audi A5 Coupé

If you’re looking for a revolution in design, you won’t get it from the next-generation Audi A5 and S5.

Audi unveiled its redesigned personal luxury coupe last night, following a glitzy light show at the automaker’s Ingolstadt, Germany headquarters. The 2017 versions of the A5 and performance-oriented S5 give traditional German luxury car buyers exactly what they want — more room, more power, and design changes that don’t go over the top.

Now riding atop the company’s MLB evo platform, the coupes have grown in length, wheelbase and track, while shedding about 132 pounds.

In the styling department, Audi didn’t stray far from the script. The new models sport a careful evolution of the previous design, now with more creases and contours. The grille grows in width, and Matrix LED headlights add some front end jewelry to the shapely body.

2017 Audi A5 Coupé

The new models have better torsional rigidity than their predecessors, along with upgraded steering and a redesigned suspension featuring driver-actuated damper control.

Because it was a European reveal, not every engine listed will find its way to North America. The existing lineup of engines was massaged by Audi’s engineers to gain power (a 17 percent overall increase, the automaker says) and efficiency, but the big news is the upgraded mill under the hood of the S5.

The turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 makes 354 horsepower and 368.8 pounds-feet of torque, giving the S5 the grunt to make the 0–62 mile per hour run in 4.7 seconds.

Buyers have a choice of six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch, and eight-speed automatic transmissions, depending on the model and powerplant. Every technology upgrade Audi could rustle up — especially in the area of automated safety features — is included in the new model.

The next-generation A5 and S5 goes on sale in Europe this fall, and should appear on American shores next year.

[Images: Audi AG]

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25 Comments on “2017 Audi A5 and S5: The Difference is in the Details...”


  • avatar

    The sheetmetal on these new Audis is relatively plain. It’s hard to tell one from the next.

  • avatar

    Even if you’re looking for an Evolution in design… look no further.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    I want to like Audi, but I find myself very disappointed with the minimal effort done at restyle lately. I’m looking for some more excitement. I’m favorable to the grill, but overall, it just seems like the 5 has lost it’s edge somehow although what it really needs to lose is some weight. I saw a brand new R8 at my gym the other day and was noticing how much it really hasn’t changed.

    I’ve looked hard at the S5 in the past, but I am disappointed with those performance numbers. 354hp and 368ft-lbs should be faster than 4.7. I see a number of RS5’s here and I’ll be curious to see what happens with those also.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Remember that that 4.7 figure is a) 0-100 kph, which will take a tenth or two longer than 0-60 mph, and 2) the always-conservative manufacturer estimate.

      The car did shed some weight (“up to 132 pounds” per the article).

      • 0 avatar
        energetik9

        Thanks for the note about the weight. I missed that. Funny how these days we are excited just because a car didn’t gain any weight.

        Yes…I thought about the 0-60 when I typed that. German manufactures always seem to under-report. I’d bet a 4.7 on a car with this HP is likely closer to 4.4 +/-.

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    I’m semi-salivating over the A5 Sportback, being a fan of the A7 but not yet a one-percenter. There’s a part of me that feels like these cars are going to end up looking like the dinosaur fastbacks of the mid ’70s to eyes 15 or 20 years from now, but damnit, I can’t help it! I love that style!

    • 0 avatar
      Nick_515

      Perisoft, I have the exact same reaction. I fell in love with the sportback when I saw it in Europe last summer, and want that to be my next car. However, A7s may not be out of reach altogether. They are already at the point of fitting my “successful German car ownership” formula, that relies on 3 rules of thumb: 1) buy them at 80,000 miles at about a third of the price, 2) find clean ones, 3) don’t drive them like grandma, they don’t like Camry regimes. I’ve done this twice already, and I don’t mind the maintenance because I pay relatively little for awesome cars.

      The question is, while my job title is ok, I’m still under 40. Do I want to drive an A7 in a small college town? They do look like a million bucks.

      • 0 avatar
        JD23

        Only a masochist would buy an Audi with 80,000 miles. I currently own an Audi that I bought new and based on the engine problems it had at low miles, I pity the person who owns it when it reaches 80,000.

        • 0 avatar
          Nick_515

          There s you and everybody that says so on the internet. Then there’s my car. 78k to 128k with valve cover gaskets ($400) outside of routine maintenance (yes tires, no brakes or any suspension work). I paid eleven for a 43 thousand dollar car. I would love it if I had spent another three thousand on it and still be ahead of Camry driving colleagues.

          • 0 avatar
            JD23

            You spun the roulette wheel and won. Even the most ardent Audi supporter would not recommend an Audi as a reliable high-mileage used car. Does your car have a 2.0T?

        • 0 avatar
          TTCat

          I have owned 2 Audis so far, a 2002 TT bought new and driven to 137,000 miles before trading for my current CPO 2005 TT which as of this writing has 118,000 miles on the clock.

          The 02 got off to a bit of a rough start, but from about 60K miles on was flawless – the 05 has been rock solid from the 23,000 mile mark where I got it, and given how boring and soulless new cars have become, I imagine this TT will see 180k miles before I am forced to finally move on…

        • 0 avatar
          hreardon

          I wear my bias on my sleeve, but the last generation MLB based Audis were/are light years ahead of where the company was back in the late 90s – 2007/8.

          I’m friends service department managers at two local Audi shops and both are shocked (saddened?) by how much more reliable these cars have been in the last 8 or so years. Additionally, Audi of America has been much more aggressive about fixing things up front instead of waiting for pissed off customers to bring their pitchforks and torches. When a batch of bad water pumps made their way into some of the 3.0T models there was a near immediate recall. Same for a batch of bad steering racks right after they switched to electric steering for the B8.5 changeover in 2012/2013.

          If we’re going to complain, let’s talk to all of the Honda Odyssey owners who are on their 3rd or 4th transmissions because after ten years, Honda still can’t seem to get that one right.

          • 0 avatar
            JD23

            “Additionally, Audi of America has been much more aggressive about fixing things up front instead of waiting for pissed off customers to bring their pitchforks and torches.”

            Yep, AoA really stepped up when the B8 2.0T developed a nasty habit of drinking oil. No wait, it didn’t do that until it settled a class-action lawsuit. Similarly, AoA stepped up when the defective timing chain tensioner caused stretched timing chains and bent rods prior to 100k miles. No wait, AoA has done nothing and is now faced with another class-action lawsuit.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    I haven’t been in the 2017 A4 yet to see if the door mounted armrests are less terrible than before, but I do know that as with most other Audis, even the Prestige trim still gets the cheesy vinyl. Only EU customers are cool enough for actual leather armrests apparently. And of course, blank buttons as far as the eye can see.

    Audi’s engineers are some of the best in the business, which is why its so annoying that they STILL can’t be bothered to put their big pile of blanks anywhere but the most visible place possible. That, and how they seem to have no idea how human arms are shaped, and so armrests are just stuck wherever, with vinyl harder than you’ll find in a Corolla.

    I’ve yet to understand why a base Jetta 1.4 has more comfortable armrests than an Audi A7 does.

  • avatar
    Carfan94

    Problem not just limited to Audi. My previous car, a 2007 XC90 had very hard door armrests! Also they tapered off to the rear of the door panel.

    http://gtcarlot.com/colors/car/82161559-24.html

    So it was essentially useless with the driver seat scooted all the way back (and that’s the first thing I do before I get in any car). Also there was no rear center armrest. Thumbs down Volvo.

    My current car (2007 RX) has very plush stitched leather armrests on all the doors, and still usable even when the driver seat is scooted all the way back. Thumbs up Lexus.

    http://gtcarlot.com/colors/car/50231304-16.html

    Also I remember Lexus touting that in the 2007 LS, the door armrests are exactly the same height as the center armrest so that “occupants will not be forced into an awkward position.”

  • avatar
    NeilM

    “while shedding about 132 pounds”

    About? Expressing that to the nearest pound implies precision of well under 1%. Where’s the “about”?

  • avatar
    SilverCoupe

    As a current ’08 A5 owner, this certainly does not make me want to run out and pick up a new one. My neighbors would not even know I had gotten a new car (though since I keep it hidden away in the garage, many of them do not even know that I have it as it is). Of course, since my current one only has about 35K on it, and it looks almost brand new, there is no need to replace it any time soon.

    In the 2000s I had a TT, and the lack of styling changes in a decade stopped me from replacing it with a newer TT.

    It’s pretty enough, but there is no excitement here. I am not saying I would not buy one when the time comes, but I would at least have to shop around first.

  • avatar
    Trend-Shifter

    We should be celebrating the lower hood line.
    Maybe the trend of tall front ends can be reversed.

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    Does this at least have a sliding sunroof, or still only a pop-up piece?

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