A little while back, we saw some spy photos of the upcoming Audi S5 Sportback Facelift. On the outside, it had a lot of the same updates that we’ve already seen on the A4 Facelift, only with different headlights. Some new spy photos of the S5 Sportback Facelift have surfaced, showing off a bit more of the car and, more importantly, the interior. (We don’t own the spy photos so you can see them here)
On the outside, we see that it sports the same new grille shape as the new A4. So its grille is now shorter and wider, which gives the entire front end a sportier look. It also gets a new lower front lip, which looks more aggressive. For S5-duty, that newly shaped grille also gets an RS-style grille insert. The latter has been popping up on all new regular Audi models and it’s a trend we don’t like. RS cars should have unique styling not seen on other Audi models.
At the back, it seems to get new taillights, with light elements similar to those in the new Audi A6. While it’s not a drastic change, it’s one that makes a big difference because the current S5’s taillights are a bit bland.
What’s most interesting is what changed inside. While the current Audi S5 Sportback interior is quite good, it’s a bit behind on tech. So Audi has given it an update with the brand’s latest Touch Response MMI system, which now replaces the old dash-mounted screen with a giant touchscreen. It might be a bit tricky to use while driving, only because it’s sort of far away from the driver, but we’ll see when we can finally test it.
A nice benefit of ditching the old MMI system, with its physical rotary dial on the center console, is the fact that there’s some extra space behind the cupholders.
We don’t know when Audi will finally reveal the facelift for the S5 Sportback but we’re excited to see it. It’s already such a good looking car that a few tweaks an updates might make it even better looking. The new interior tech will also keep it competitive in a segment packed with much newer cars.