Audi RS5 Sportback Review
The Audi RS5 Sportback is a cross between the stylish RS5 Coupe and the uber-practical RS4 Avant. It’s seriously fast and easy to live with, but some alternatives are a bit cheaper.
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The Audi RS5 Sportback is a slightly more practical alternative to the standard RS5 Coupe, but it can’t quite rival the Audi RS4 Avant for outright roominess.
From the front, you’ll struggle to tell this Sportback model apart from the standard RS5. Both cars sport the same aggressive hexagonal grille, massive air intakes and angular headlights, but step to the side and you’ll spot the RS5 Sportback’s slinky sloping roofline and its extra set of doors.
Inside, it’s back to RS5 business as usual for this Sportback model. You get a lovely interior with plenty of plush materials, a slick infotainment system with smartphone mirroring, and Audi’s signature Virtual Cockpit digital driver’s display.
Passenger space in the back receives a helpful boost, and the RS5 Sportback’s boot is easier to load than the coupe’s thanks to its larger hatchback opening.
You’ll want to check out the Audi RS5 Sportback if you fancy something very nearly as fast as the standard RS5 rocketship but occasionally need to carry rear-seat passengers
Chances are, however, you’ll be more interested in what sits under the RS5 Sportback’s bonnet than how much you can cram under its bootlid. In this respect, it comes with the same twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine as the RS5 and RS4 Avant.
As a result, it’ll leap from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and barrel along at up to 174mph – on an unrestricted Autobahn, at least. The RS 5 Sportback’s standard quattro four-wheel-drive system serves up plenty of grip on twisty, leaf-laden country roads and its standard automatic gearbox makes light work of long journeys and heavy traffic.
It won’t quite deliver the same on-track thrills as a Mercedes-AMG C63 or Alfa Romeo Giulia QV, but the Audi RS5 Sportback is a more practical alternative that combines everyday usability with serious sports car pace.