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Audi RS 5 SPORTBACK RS 5 TFSI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic

Audi RS5 RS 5 TFSI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic
Audi RS5 RS 5 TFSI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic
Audi RS5 RS 5 TFSI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic
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Audi RS5 RS 5 TFSI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic
Audi RS5 RS 5 TFSI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic
Audi RS5 RS 5 TFSI Quattro 5dr Tiptronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph3.9 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02209 g/km
  • BHP450
  • Torque443 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

Fast, frantic but perfectly practical, the Audi RS 5 Sportback aims to be the market's definitive mid-sized high performance five-door hatch. It gets a sophisticated quattro 4WD system and can hit 174mph on the Nurburgring but is just as happy collecting your dry cleaning. The spec of this revised version looks impressive, including an RS sport exhaust system and a sport differential. You only truly get a sense of just how fast it is by following behind in something else.

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Audi's improved RS 5 Sportback five-door coupe targets BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 buyers. Jonathan Crouch checks out what's on offer.

Background

If you know your fast Audis, you're probably familiar with the RS 5 model - as a Coupe. Here though, the Ingolstadt brand's 'Audi Sport' division has taken that model's potent twin turbo V6 and installed it into the company's Sportback five-door coupe body shape for a bit of added practicality. It targets similarly-performing mid-sized models like the Mercedes-AMG C 63 but brings a key advantage - Audi's quattro 4WD system which is mated to a stiff, light MLB platform. Plus buyers get a standard rear Sport differential to help get the torque to the tarmac through the turns. This car was first launched in 2018, then lightly revised to create the car we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

Not a lot prepares you for just how quick this car really is. To be specific, rest to 62mph here occupies just 3.9s, which is a fraction quicker than you'll go in what is arguably this model's closest rival, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate. As usual with fast Audis, the maximum speed is rather pointlessly capped at 155mph, though in this case, you can pay Ingolstadt an obscene amount of money to get the restrictor lifted, in which case your RS 5 Sportback will top out at 174mph. The creamy, rather digitalised engine soundtrack you get as the revs rise from the 450PS 2.9-litre V6 isn't a match for Audi's old 4.2-litre V8. After a while though, you rather warm to the way that this Porsche-developed powerplant snarls purposefully on up-shifts and lets out little pops and bangs as you snick the steering wheel paddle shifters down through the closely-stacked ratios of the 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox. This RS 5 certainly tackles the turns effectively. Part of that is down to the re-developed quattro system which usually directs 60% of torque to the back wheels but, if conditions demand, can send up to 85% of power to the back or, if necessary, as much as 70% to the front. The set-up's been designed to work with a torque vectoring system that applies minimal brake interventions to the wheels on the inside of any given curve before they start to spin, maximising traction and making handling more precise, agile and stable. Also playing its part here is the standard-fit 'sport differential' which at speed through tight corners can constantly vary the amount of torque distributed to each of the rear wheels.

Design and Build

The exterior design of this RS 5 Sportback is a blend of elegant curves and taut, athletic surfaces. The longer wheelbase, short overhangs and long, wraparound bonnet with power dome all help to signal intent, as do the characteristically powerful shoulder line and the quattro blisters in the flanks which emphasize the strong bulges over the extended wheel arches. At the front, the car features a wide, flat single-frame grille, solid air intakes with a honeycomb structure typical of an RS, gloss black design elements and a front spoiler with matte aluminium quattro lettering. At the rear an RS-specific diffuser insert, RS exhaust system with oval tailpipes and fixed spoiler lip further distance the car from its A5 series siblings. Inside, you get RS sport seats in Fine Nappa leather with honeycomb stitching, a flat-bottomed RS multifunction sports leather steering wheel and a special RS information display in the standard Audi virtual cockpit providing information on tyre pressure, torque and G forces. The cabin provides space for five people, and the square-shaped profile of the luggage bay with its useful width of exactly one metre allows passengers to make the most of the 480-litre luggage capacity. Folding down the rear seats with their 40:20:40 split ratio increases that to 1,300-litres.

Market and Model

You'll need around £68,000 for the RS 5 Sportback, the same amount that's necessary for the alternative two-door Coupe variant. This Sportback model is offered in three levels of trim, the standard variant, the mid-range 'Carbon Black' model and the top 'Vorsprung' derivative. Even the base version gets large 19-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, high gloss black exterior elements and an Audi Sport exhaust system to amplify the engine's soundtrack. Inside, you get Fine Nappa leather and Alcantara combination upholstery with contrast diamond stitching for the RS super sports seats, plus Piano Black inlays. In addition, there's all-LED lighting and the fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument display screen with RS-specific displays. You also get driver safety elements including the Audi side assist blindspot monitoring system, Audi hill hold assist and the parking system plus. Plus a comprehensive range of infotainment choices is sure to keep everyone on board entertained. The optional 'MMI navigation plus with MMI touch' infotainment system includes the hardware module 'Audi connect', which connects the car to the internet via LTE. Thanks to the Audi connect SIM, which is permanently installed in the car, the flat rate data package for the connect services including Europe-wide roaming is free of charge for three years. The Audi smartphone interface uses Apple Car Play and Android Auto to make selected apps available in a separate MMI menu. Control is easy and intuitive, thanks to natural language voice control, free text search and the multifunction steering wheel. The touchpad in the centre console is used to zoom, scroll and enter characters. Further high-end technologies, such as the head-up display and as many as 30 driver assistance systems enhance safety, comfort and efficiency.

Cost of Ownership

This RS 5 won't be quite as costly to run as you might expect a 450PS performance hatch to be. This is thanks to a 17% improvement in running costs compared to the previous V8-engined model. What about the WLTP figures? Well expect up to 29.7mpg on the combined cycle and up to 215g/km of CO2, which isn't at all bad for a performance five-door model with this level of performance. Apparently, the 'B-cycle combustion process with central direct injection' engineering approach used with this car's 2.9-litre biturbo engine represents a super-high level of efficiency among the RS models. The shortened compression stroke employed here enables an engine process with a significantly higher geometric compression ratio. Combined with a power stroke that, while normal, is longer relative to the compression stroke, so allowing for more efficient combustion and increased engine efficiency. Another factor in the surprising efficiency of this RS 5 is its relatively low weight. On to the warranty. All contenders in this class get three years of cover but whereas you won't get your mileage limited in this period if you opt for something made by BMW or Mercedes, Audi rather meanly restricts you to 60,000 miles. Optional extra-cost warranty packages can extend the cover to either four years and 75,000 miles or five years and 90,000 miles.

Summary

Would this car sound better with Audi's old 4.2-litre V8? Probably. But there's little doubt that the V6 Porsche powerplant used - though less aurally emotive - has more real world punch. Which seems appropriate in such a resolutely real world performance car. Is it perfect? No of course it isn't. But what other high-performance four-wheel drive mid-sized hatch of this sort is there to challenge this one? The closest thing the market has to offer, a rear-driven Mercedes-AMG C 63 wagon, wouldn't give you the all-round grip and really needs a dry racetrack and a licence to burn rubber if it's to appeal over an RS 5 Sportback. As for a high performance SUV, forget it: you'd be all over the place just trying to keep this Audi in sight. Drive it and you'll experience a slightly guilty thrill as if something this much fun really couldn't be legal. One day cars like this might well be legislated out of existence. In the meantime, enjoy this one while you can.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control system with speed limiter with free wheeling capability
Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
Audi phone box with wireless charging
Audi side assist
Audi smartphone interface
Audi Virtual Cockpit with RS specific design and 12.3" display
Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme
Bluetooth interface
Electromechanical power steering
Email, calendar and text messages displayed via MMI
MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch includes 10.1" high resolution colour MMI display, 3D map
Rear view camera
RS Audi drive select
RS drive modes on steering wheel
Service interval indicator
Voice control system
Exterior Features
RS exhaust system
Solid paint
Audi Beam uses LEDs to project the Audi logo
Audi matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic front and rear indicators
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Body colour door handles
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
High beam assistant
Larger singleframe grill
LED daytime running lights
Matt aluminium effect door mirror housings
Privacy glass with rear acoustic glazing
Rain and light sensors
RS bumper with quattro lettering
RS5 badges on grille, the front wing panels and rear
RS5 dual branch chrome tailpipes with left and right oval pipes
Windscreen with acoustic glazing
Safety
Black painted brake calipers with RS logo at the front
3x3 point rear seatbelts
6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
Electromechanical parking brake
Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Hill hold assist
Multi collision brake assist
Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
Pre sense city
RS Model enhanced braking system
Seatbelt monitoring
Tyre pressure warning
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Technical
RS sports suspension
Quattro sports differential
Wheels
19" 10 spoke star design audi sport alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Entertainment
Audi sound system
DAB digital radio reception
Interior Features
2 x USB charging port with aux input socket
3 spoke flat bottomed high multi-function leather sport steering wheel with RS badging
40/20/40 split folding 3 seater rear bench seat
Aluminium shift paddles
Black cloth headlining
Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
Electrically adjustable front seats
Fine Nappa leather upholstery
Front centre armrest
Front head restraints
Front/rear floor mats
Heated front seats
Illuminated door sill trims with RS5 logo
ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
Leather door armrests and knee pad
Pneumatic massage function
Rear head restraints
RS Specific perforated leather gear lever knob with contrast stitching
RS Super Sports seats with contrast honeycomb stitching
Stainless steel pedals
Tool kit
Packs
RS bodystyling pack - RS5
Security
Anti theft alarm system
Anti theft wheel bolts
Immobiliser
Keyless Go
Remote control key with RS emblem
Trim
Aluminium race inlays
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 209
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 215
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 222
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 215
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2894
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Cylinder Layout V6
Cylinders 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 84.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 86
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 32
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 9.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 9.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 29.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 28.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 29.7
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.9
Badge Power 450
Coin Description TFSI Quattro
Coin Series RS5
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 44E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 9000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 3.9
Engine Power - BHP 450
Engine Power - KW 331
Engine Power - RPM 5700
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 443
Engine Torque - MKG 61.2
Engine Torque - NM 600
Engine Torque - RPM 1900
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 265/35 R19
Tyre Size Rear 265/35 R19
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5X2 SPOKE
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1387
Length 4783
Wheelbase 2826
Width (including mirrors) 2029
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 58
Gross Vehicle Weight 2322
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1280
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 465
Max. Loading Weight 580
Minimum Kerbweight 1742
No. of Seats 5

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £905.49 p/m £28.93 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1367.04 p/m £9.92 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1371.74 p/m £10.06 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1383.37 p/m £39.88 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1394.77 p/m £68.24 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1406.00 p/m £90.25 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1417.13 p/m £122.73 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £816.30 p/m £29.69 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £1080.19 p/m £21.79 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £1084.59 p/m £30.24 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £1095.40 p/m £50.65 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1105.98 p/m £89.06 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £1116.29 p/m £121.07 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £1126.37 p/m £141.60 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £745.77 p/m £41.08 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £919.76 p/m £33.51 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £923.75 p/m £41.34 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £933.54 p/m £71.41 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £943.02 p/m £103.31 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £952.20 p/m £123.97 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £961.10 p/m £154.11 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £1086.59 p/m £34.72 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1640.44 p/m £11.90 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1646.09 p/m £12.07 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1660.04 p/m £47.85 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1673.72 p/m £81.88 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1687.20 p/m £108.30 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1700.56 p/m £147.27 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £979.55 p/m £35.62 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £1296.23 p/m £26.15 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £1301.51 p/m £36.29 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £1314.48 p/m £60.78 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1327.17 p/m £106.87 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £1339.55 p/m £145.29 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £1351.64 p/m £169.92 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £894.93 p/m £49.29 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £1103.72 p/m £40.21 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £1108.51 p/m £49.61 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £1120.25 p/m £85.69 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £1131.62 p/m £123.97 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £1142.64 p/m £148.77 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £1153.32 p/m £184.94 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Audi exclusive paint £2,400.00
Metallic paint £675.00
Panoramic glass sunroof £1,400.00
Pearlescent paint £675.00
RS sport exhaust system £1,250.00
Special solid paint £675.00
Packs
Driver Assistance Pack - Tour - RS5 £2,700.00
Storage and luggage compartment pack - RS5 £195.00
Paintwork
Audi Exclusive - Custom £2,400.00
Metallic - Glacier white £675.00
Metallic - Mythos black £675.00
Metallic - Navarra blue £675.00
Metallic - Sonoma green £675.00
Metallic - Tango red £675.00
Pearl - Daytona grey £675.00
Solid - Nardo grey FOC
Special solid - Turbo blue £675.00
Safety
Ceramic brakes £6,150.00
Red brake calipers £460.00
Technical
RS sport suspension plus with dynamic ride control £2,000.00
Trim
Fine nappa leather - Black with rock grey honeycomb contrast stitching FOC
Fine nappa leather - Lunar silver with rock grey honeycomb contrast stitching FOC
Wheels
20" 5 arm flag design sport alloy wheels £2,000.00
* option prices shown are estimated