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RS5 vs S5

Cooper82 May 3, 2020

  1. Cooper82

    Cooper82 Active Member

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    Hi,
    Looking for upgrading from an A5 to an S5 or RS5.
    What are the views on the new S5 TDI? I could either do a factory order on the new S5 or buy an Rs5 sportback in a few months. My only issue with the Sportback RS5 is the lack of matrix headlights as standards and not the option to have adaptive cruise control or head up display which I am used to when driving. Driven an RS5 sportback for a week and it was amazing. Just concerned with the additional cost of maintaining an RS model.
     
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  3. JonChalk

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    Have you settled on "new"?

    2nd hand Petrol S5 + some tuning will get you to RS5 (or near anyway).

    Interiors are pretty much identical, as is suspension. Well, near enough for road use.

    Not sure how or where I've ever thought "blimey, I wish my stock S5 were faster" & the inside is a fantastic place to be.
     
  4. Cooper82

    Cooper82 Active Member

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    I am used to the adaptive cruise control and head up display so not many of those available 2nd hand for an S5. Only way I could get those options would be with a factory order Vorsprung S5 which would be a similar price to a 2019 RS5 sportback.
     
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  5. JonChalk

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    Fair point - not fussed about the HUD. ACC would be nice, though.
     
  6. Cooper82

    Cooper82 Active Member

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    Driving around 90 miles a day so ACC is pretty useful for me when traffic is heavy.
    Disappointed that Audi has removed quite a lot of extras from the configurator
     
  7. Stevo5

    Stevo5 New Member

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    Just joined the forum so can put my 0.2c in, I'd say go digging and find a well specc'd up B9 RS5. You will get one after some patience with all the toys you want (it took me around 3 months and I jumped at mine as it has nearly every option).
    As for economy, well on a m-way run with ACC set to 70mph I got an indicated 36mpg which is pretty damn good in my opinion. When I'm 'making progress' it's around 13mpg on the B roads (the handling is far better than I expected).
    As for the latest S models and diesel......well to me the bad points far outweigh the good. It's slower than the outgoing (not sure how you manage that in a performance car) and whilst the tech is better etc it's a huge step backwards. Fake quad pipes....seriously? And would you want everyone pointing that out all the time?
    To me the most telling comment was when I picked up my RS5-asked the audi exec how many S models they had sold. His answer was 'none'. His explanation (which sounds bang on) is that post 'dieselgate' VAG had a ton of diesel engines lying around and so they needed to fit them into platforms or bin them. Hence the S debacle. They wont be selling well.
     
  8. Simonwhite2000

    Simonwhite2000 2017 S5 Coupe Daytona Grey

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    Correct - Porsche binned diesel and magically, loads of 3.0 diesel engines need homes!
     
  9. Stevo5

    Stevo5 New Member

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    I think what sealed it for me was the missus (also a petrolhead) said 'if you buy an S-EVERY time you see an RS model on the road your heart will sink as you know you should be in that one and not the S'
    Sold!
     
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  10. Gio G

    Gio G Active Member

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    Your Missus is indeed very smart! RS5 is far more special than an S..


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  11. Simonwhite2000

    Simonwhite2000 2017 S5 Coupe Daytona Grey

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    I've just had B9 S5s for 3 years and really enjoyed them however of course an RS5 is better especially looks wise. But, I'm not sure it's worth so much more money for what performance gains you get. Could be wrong - dont pretend to have driven one just my thought. I can definitely say the S5 sounds better.
     
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  13. DC1976

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    I’ve just picked up my new RS5 having traded my 19 Plate B9 S5 in.

    before I bought the RS5 like most S5 owners I didn’t think there would be a big difference but there is.

    The RS5 feels like a different car and it drives in comfort the way the S5 drove in dynamic. When you slip it into dynamic it’s a different beast altogether.

    without denigrating the S5 which I loved but the RS is just better. I hope that helps folks out there like me who weren’t too sure of the differences
     
  14. Sc08 LAB

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    Interesting, I bought my B9 S5 Sportback just before lockdown and I wonder if the B9.5 diesel will help the residuals of mine???
     
  15. Evil Derboy

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    S5 sounds better because it only has one turbo.
     

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