New Audi RS5 vs Audi Quattro

Is the new Audi RS5 a worthy successor to the legendary Quattro? We drive them back-to-back

Words By Alan Taylor-Jones

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New Audi RS5 vs Audi Quattro – interior and equipment

Slide into the RS5’s supportive leather seats and it’s hard not to be wooed by the clean yet stylish lines of its dashboard, the high-quality materials and the amount of space you have. A massage function is available, while standard kit includes climate control, parking sensors and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display, which provides a vast array of information clearly and attractively.

The Quattro also gets a digital dashboard, but comparing the two is like comparing a Casio digital watch to an Apple watch. The old car shows all the basics but in a very 1980s style that offers minimal amounts of configurability on what is a basic trip computer.

In terms of equipment, the Quattro has a height-adjustable drivers seat, a rear wash wipe, a cigarette lighter, a leather steering wheel and, well, not much else. You don’t even get air conditioning or a cupholder.

New Audi RS5 vs Audi Quattro – infotainment

The RS5 features Audi’s brilliant MMI infotainment system, which is operated by a rotary dial between the front seats. Sat-nav with 3D mapping is included along with smartphone connectivity and a DAB radio. All of this is displayed on a high-definition screen that’s mounted in an easy-to-see spot on the top of the dashboard.

As for the Quattro’s infotainment, there’s an AM/FM radio with a cassette player. We would have tried it, but we put all of our tapes in the bin years ago.

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