This is the sort of driver’s car made to go quite simply and directly where it is pointed.
Audi would plainly prefer the S5’s driver to feel reassured by the unflappable consistency of its hold on the road and impressed by how little he has to do in order to get it from A to B so quickly, rather than be excited or engaged by how much more could be got out of the experience by investing extra attention, skill or effort.
So, for the most part, the car feels supremely secure and measured on the road – but not quite always.
With its optional sport rear differential, our test car might have brought a bit of throttle adjustability into its handling mix.
Instead, it felt utterly planted and predictable – and steadfastly inert and unresponsive to any attempt to tighten its line either through the application of power or by weight transfer.
The S5 rides well, but this impression is another one facilitated by an option: this time, Audi’s adaptive dampers.
The suspension handles mixed-up urban surfaces quietly and with compliance, becoming a bit soft at higher speeds until Dynamic mode is engaged.