The interior layout, fit and finish
Audi is renowned for classy, minimalist interiors that are both exquisitely finished and super-intuitive to use. The RS5 doesn’t disappoint, taking on its rivals from Alfa Romeo, BMW and Mercedes with upmarket materials everywhere you look, and a simple, user-friendly dashboard layout. Being the top model in the A5 range, it comes with soft Nappa leather with contrasting honeycomb stitching and plenty of other RS-specific interior trim.
Audi’s MMI infotainment system comes as standard and features a clear 8.3in display mounted centrally on the dashboard, controlled using a rotary dial positioned between the front seats. There are also some handy shortcut keys to take you straight to specific functions. It’s much easier to use than a touchscreen and remains one of the best infotainment systems around.
Audi’s top-spec Navigation Plus infotainment system comes as standard, along with the brand’s Virtual Cockpit. This replaces the conventional analogue instrument panel with a 12.3in high-resolution digital display that can show information on speed and revs in the form of conventional gauges; sat-nav instructions or performance data, or several combinations of each.
The driving position is tough to fault, too, with plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment and a comfortable backrest that provides plenty of upper back support. You can adjust both the bolster and lumbar support to find a supportive position, and they even have a massage function to accompany the heated elements.
Even if you’re extremely tall, you’re unlikely to have any complaints about how far your seat slides back or how much room there is above your head, despite how its standard panoramic roof reduces ceiling height compared to the regular A5 Coupe or Sportback.