That, broadly speaking, is a good thing, because no rival is better put together or even an equal in the deployment of tactile trim material.
The S5 enhances this impression still further by gaining as standard the nappa leather upholstery, contrast stitching, black headlining and ‘Super Sports’, logo-embossed seats that neatly distinguish it from its lowly range mates.
In its segment, and at the asking price, it’s hard to recall a coupé that indulges the fingertips or the undersides of your thighs quite as consistently as does Ingolstadt’s latest entrant.
Only those looking for the elbow-nudging allure of a certain kind of high-grade sportiness might greet the model’s well-ordered architecture with an indifferent shrug, but that sort of caddishness is arguably better suited to loud-trouser options such as the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé. If the S5 seems buttoned down, it’s intended that way.
Aft of the B-pillars, the coupé has made some useful gains on its predecessor. It’s markedly lighter and modestly larger thanks to the platform change – albeit still not by quite enough on the second of those considerations to make it a properly comfortable four-seat, two-door continent-crosser.