Has anyone come across a head to head comparison of these 2 cars?
I've got a bit of a dilemma, as I'm looking to buy one of them (or at least order) within the next couple of weeks.
I've been driving a 2010 A5 2.0T (w/APR Stage 1 tune) for the past 2 years, and love most everything about but always felt it was missing something. That something is more power, exhaust note, and a manual gearbox. I should also add that I live in Eastern Canada, where I contend with snow for 5 months of the year. For this reason, the A5 has been an absolute beast for me, and part of why I'd like to stick with the Audi family.
I've priced both of them out to my specs, and they are within a few grand of each other. (6MT, Drive Select, Titanium package for S5. 6MT, M Performance package I & II for the 435i xdrive). The S5 is based on a 6 year old platform, while the 435i is new. I'd beg to say that the interior of the 4 is way ahead of the current S5. That said, I prefer the look of the S5 over the 4 series, and Quattro > xdrive. S5 is also slightly faster on paper, although I suspect real world differences would seem/feel minimal. I'm also guessing that B9 S5 will arrive sometime within next 2 years.
So what would you do, given the situation? 2/3 year lease/finance on S5, just in time for new S5, or 2/3 year lease/finance on 435i (Again, just in time for new S5)
I'm 60/40 in favor of the S5, but am trying to do some crowd sourcing here. Also hoping that I can pick up some more info/first hand experience with some of you that might have test driven the 435i, etc.