2022 Audi S5 Sportback| A Complete Review!
2022 Audi S5 Sportback – Overview
Starting at $56,395
The 2022 Audi S5 Sportback looks sleek, accelerates fast, and carves corners and today’s top sports sedans, but lacks the charm and drama we want from a performance car.
Instead, a 349-hp turbocharged V-6 engine sits under the hood, sending power to the ground via an 8-speed A-T and standard Quattro all-wheel drive.
As a result, the S5 Sportback handles nimbly and is fun to whizz along a winding route.
Moreover, the Audi is more practical than those four doors because of a vast cargo compartment neatly hidden beneath a large rear liftgate.
If you prefer a two-door or convertible body style, the S5 is also available in those body styles; we have separate reviews for those variants.
The S5 Sportback is substantially unchanged for 2022, although it now comes standard with 19-inch wheels and simulated carbon-fiber interior decor.
Instead, we recommend the Premium Plus model, which provides a nice balance of goodies for the price.
The S Sport package (red brake calipers, adaptive dampers, and a torque-vectoring rear differential) and the 20-inch wheels, Black Optic package (black exterior trim, performance summer tires) both bring enough upgrades to improve the handling of the S5 significantly; it doesn’t hurt that these packages also make the car look more relaxed.
- Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
- Built-in navigation.
- Passive entry.
- A wireless smartphone charging pad
- leather upholstery.
- Massaging front seats.
- Front and rear automated emergency braking are standard features.
The inside of the S5 Sportback is made of high-quality materials, has excellent fit and finish, and is designed to be ergonomically friendly.
Despite its low roofline, the Sportback is a roomy vehicle.
However, those looking for more inside space should choose the less swoopy but functionally equivalent Audi S4 sedan with over 0.5-inch extra rear-seat legroom.
Front seats with heating & massaging functions, 3-zone temperature control, a sunroof, and passive entry with push-button start are standard on every S5 Sportback.
The Sportback is incredibly adaptable, thanks to its hatchback body design, and it features one of the roomiest trunks in this market.
We could accommodate six carry-on luggage in the back with the rear seats up and 16 with the chairs folding.
More minor things such as phones and sunglasses have limited storage room in the cabin, typical for the class.
Infotainment & Central Console
The S5 Sportback gets a standard 10.1-inch touchscreen and an 8.3-inch center screen.
Built-in navigation and wireless device charging remain in the new system.
Despite this, the rotary controller on the center console, which was more intuitive than touch inputs, has been discontinued.
Android-Auto & Apple CarPlay Compatibility, Voice control, Bluetooth phone, and audio connectivity are standard.
All trim levels of the Audi S5 series come with various standard and optional driver-assistance systems. Following are some of the features:
- Front and rear automated emergency braking are standard.
- Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is standard.
- In addition, adaptive cruise control is an available feature.
The turbo V-6, with a displacement of 3.0 liters, is more powerful and torquey than the supercharged engine seen in the previous-generation S5.
It accelerates quickly from a stop and makes passing other motorists on the highway a breeze.
At the same time, it is slower than the Mercedes-AMG C43’s 4.1-second 0-60 time.
The eight-speed automatic transmission is competent, but in Comfort mode, its penchant for second-gear starts exacerbates the engine’s initial turbo lag and makes the S5 sluggish off the line.
However, when you flick the Drive Select switch from Comfort to Dynamic or Auto, the S5 Sportback comes to life, excitedly leaving the line in first gear.
Similarly, in Comfort mode, the transmission seems hesitant to downshift. But, again, switching to Dynamic or Auto fixes the problem for the most part.
According to the EPA, the 2022 S5 Sportback will get 21/30 mpg in the city and highway.