Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The quality of the materials used in the S5 interior is high class with a superb finish. It’s not that different from a standard A5 model, which is a little disappointing, but the sports seats, chunky steering wheel and stylish grey dials all give it a slight edge. The driving position is superb thanks to plenty of adjustment in the standard electric seats and steering column, but visibility – especially when parallel parking – is limited, however rear parking sensors are standard.

The stereo and optional sat nav are controlled through one central dial, but it’s very easy and intuitive to work.

Although it may be a high performance car, the S5 manages to blend handling and ride comfort. The sports suspension is certainly firm, but it manages to deal well with rough and bumpy roads, without bouncing passengers around. The high quality leather sports seats offer good support along with comfort and are electrically adjustable as standard. But while the front passengers get plenty of room, rear seat space is poor – especially with a taller driver which sees legroom for those behind reduced to a minimum.

Dropping the roof in the convertible version doesn’t diminish refinement and even at higher speeds, buffeting is kept to a minimum, helped by the wind deflector which comes as standard. Most other manufacturers charge you for these.