"Handling on my test car's upgraded 19-inch Cavo wheels and 255/35-series Continental ContiSportContact summer rubber was confidence inspiring, even when pushing a bit on the wet and winding heavily forested rural roads outside of Seattle. Despite the S Sport package fitted to my test car -- which includes sport adaptive dampers and a sport rear differential -- I still noticed a tendency to understeer some in hot corners, but that safety-first orientation is appropriate for a street car, especially in a model that isn't branded RS. Even so, when driven hard, the S5 feels smaller than it is, and lighter than its 3,924-pound curb weight suggests. With so much power on tap and Quattro all-wheel drive always at the ready, it isn't hard to make serious rapid progress in this car, and the S5's V6 provides a pleasing soundtrack that is sadly absent in the four-cylinder A5 Sportback."
-- Chris Paukert, Roadshow by CNET