Audi RS5 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Costs & verdict

Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 centre console detail
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 front low camera tracking shot
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 rear low camera tracking shot
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 centre console detail
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 high front tracking shot
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 front cornering shot
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 high rear tracking shot
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 headlight detail
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 boot open
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 front low camera tracking shot
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 rear low camera tracking shot
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 centre console detail
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 high front tracking shot
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 front cornering shot
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 high rear tracking shot
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 headlight detail
  • Audi RS5 Sportback 2019 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

If you think that buying a 444bhp coupé is a good way to save money, you’ve probably got your calculator the wrong way up. Even so, the RS5 compares well with rivals from BMW and Mercedes. The C63 Coupé is pricier to buy but the similarly powerful M4 with an automatic gearbox is more expensive. The Sportback, meanwhile, is pretty evenly matched to the C63 Saloon and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, price-wise. 

Carbon emissions are par for the course in this class; as is the case for its rivals, it falls into the top 37% benefit-in-kind company car tax bracket. Claimed economy is much better than the previous V8 RS5 but still lags slightly behind the competition.

Overview

An accomplished and rapid all-weather grand tourer, but the Audi RS5 is too aloof to be truly fun and can’t live up to the C63 or Giulia QF for driving involvement

  • Practical in both Coupé and Sportback
  • Predictable handling
  • Classy interior
  • Dynamic steering is numb
  • Doesn't feel as fast as some rivals
  • Expensive to run
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