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I wanted to see how the car was with the V6 (gas). I am trying to decide between the S5 and A5. A lot of reviewers say the A5 is a better value over the S5 (performance wise). I just wanted some opinions to see what you guys thought. Of course the S5 has more HP, but thats not always everything. What do you guys think? I like both cars!
 

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I do not own the 3.2 (yet!) but I did test drive the 3.2 non-quattro. Plenty of power for my needs. Smooth and well matched to the tiptronic (if that is what you are getting). It felt bigger than a 3.2 should. Take it for a test drive and see what you think.
 

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Viper, I have the 3.2 V6 in an A5 S-line - lots of power and gas mileage is pretty good. I have had the car for only 3 weeks and I am averaging about 520-560 km/tank. Depending on how much I have a tendancy to want to 'push' the peddle. I'm sure I will get better milage as the car breaks in as I only have about 1000kms on it so far. My BMW 323 was getting about the same with the same size tank and a SMALLER engine so I am extremely happy.
 

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The 3.2L is quick, I own an A5 s-line. But the V8 has better low end punch by far. But with euro gas prices go with the A-5 but get the S-line. It's worth it.
 

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I've had my A5 since 1/25/08 (3800 miles) have have been extremely pleased with it. Compared to my B7 3.2 A4 it accelerates and handles better, and seems more elegant. I'm averaging 26.5 mpg (real mpg not the trip computer) in mostly highway driving (100 miles roundtrip to my office 3 days/week). With warmer weather, I expect that to improve. The only thing I miss is that fabulous S-5 V-8 growl.
 

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thanks for the info guys! The only one I got to drive was the A5 S-line with the 3.0 TDI, which i actually liked. I really want those in the states, id be plently happy with that.

How is the gas mileage compared to the S5? From what I have been reading, they are about the same.. but I don't know if that is true or just numbers. 26.5 MPG sounds pretty good. I wouldn't plan on driving either one as an everyday driver.. esp when we move to Ohio from Germany here soon.

But I definately think the S Line package is worth it (except the stiff sports suspension). The S5 seats look uncomfortable, but what do I know lol.

No, I am getting the manual. I learned how to drive stick here in germany in my old 89 CQ, and I couldn't go back to automatic, unless i owned a truck or something like that.

Thanks for all the info! Its very helpful!
 

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Agreed, the TDI has plenty of torque and has been mentioned in several articles that is actually like the sportier version of the 3.2L, which, in itself has VERY decent power.

About the millage, expect the S5 to be about half of the A5, I currently have a B6 S4 and millage w/o pushing much averages 15mpg, cruising @ 70mph you'll get about 18 mpg... the more you rev the car, obviously the more it'll consume... that's almost a taboo with the 4.2L since that baby comes to life on the high RPM band (5000+) and the growl just makes you keep it there.

I test drove both A5 non-Sline and the S5 and yeah... you feel the difference and the S5 somehow becomes unforgettable. The A5 I think is perfect for everyday use, commuter in style.
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If you can purchase the car there and bring it here, do so. Get the latest options like the height adjustable suspension.


thanks for the info guys! The only one I got to drive was the A5 S-line with the 3.0 TDI, which i actually liked. I really want those in the states, id be plently happy with that.

How is the gas mileage compared to the S5? From what I have been reading, they are about the same.. but I don't know if that is true or just numbers. 26.5 MPG sounds pretty good. I wouldn't plan on driving either one as an everyday driver.. esp when we move to Ohio from Germany here soon.

But I definately think the S Line package is worth it (except the stiff sports suspension). The S5 seats look uncomfortable, but what do I know lol.

No, I am getting the manual. I learned how to drive stick here in germany in my old 89 CQ, and I couldn't go back to automatic, unless i owned a truck or something like that.

Thanks for all the info! Its very helpful!
 

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Yes, the car I am going to order will be a US spec one. We can order german cars, and the like from special dealers off base (not a typical Audi or BMW dealer). Unfortunately, even those dealers are totally clueless when it comes to the A5/S5 audis. They never heard of the side assist, or drive select, etc. I actually have more info bec of these forums than the actual dealer (no surprise there).

So 15 MPG for the S5 sounds about right.. its about the same as the ford mustang ppl in the states are going crazy for (I don't care for it really, the interior is too cheap and plastic).

Height adjustable suspension? See, I didnt know that existed. Is that like the drive select, or is that something totally different. Most of the options that can be ordered in germany or the UK, still aren't available for the US spec ones (even though I am ordering in Germany). The only difference from buying here, instead of in the states, is that we get a bit of a discount for being in the military, but shipping/port handling fees are included in the price.

You guys are making it harder for me LOL. I don't know about an S-line or S5 being a daily driver.. prob be a weekend driver or special day kind of driver. If I could get the MMI controls by the shifter without getting the Nav, I wouldn't get the NAV.. but I like the controls there. I never owned a NEW v8 before, and I dunno if I could give up the S5 for a 3.0 TDI S-line if it ever comes to the states. :)
 

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FWIW, I get about 17.5 mpg in the S5 mostly suburban driving with some highway tossed in every now and again which raises that tankful. I am at 4500 miles and the engine is getting freer and using less fuel.
 
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