2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Is Extremely Competent, But Does It Justify Its $74K Tag?

Audi Sport has done a pretty good job at designing the new RS5 Sportback. The most hardcore edition of the four-door coupe looks aggreessive, is very practical and can go like stink, with its chassis setup encouraging users to keep their right foot down most of the time.

Courtesy of a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6 and its 444 HP (450 PS / 331 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque that’s paired to an 8-speed auto and all-wheel drive, it sprints from rest to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h), but can be raised to 174 mph (280 km/h) with the optional Dynamic Plus Package.

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The latter option costs $5,800 and adds other items, like the front carbon ceramic brakes. You could also opt for the $3,350 Dynamic Package, which brings a two-mode electronically control suspension that improves the ride quality in Comfort, even on the 20-inch wheels, or makes everything firmer, at the push of a button. The latest RS5 Sportback even sounds good, but it does feature a noise generator in the cabin, and that’s probably one of its drawbacks.

Elsewhere, it has plenty of space at the back for adults, a very practical boot and good visibility all around. The (admittedly old) MMI infotainment system, with an 8.3-inch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is easy to control and does the job very nicely indeed, while customers can also opt for a digital instrument cluster.

Perhaps one of the biggest letdowns when it comes to the 2019 RS5 Sportback is its price: it starts from $74,200, and the example tested by CNET’s RoadShow nudged $100,000. Still, you can always be a little more careful while ticking those option boxes, so the real question is, is it worth considering over something like an M3?


  • TheBelltower

    It’s a wonderful car, but Audi is way too aggressive with the option pricing. $74k is not a bad price, but for about that price it should come with all of the performance parts and all of the visual things that make it look good. $100k fully loaded with optional trinkets is absurd for this car.

  • SteersUright

    Good gawd! The reviewers from Road Show are like fingernails on a chalkboard, I just cant listen to them (applies to American auto journalists in general). They all sound like corporate stooges, not passionate car people. Loosen the eff up, take more passionate positions, be yourself and not so damn stiff. Your tattoos fool nobody when you speak like you’re in endless corporate meetings all day.

    • Bo Hanan

      She’s doing her best. And for the record, her boyfriend was supposed to do the video and couldn’t. She stepped in at the last minute to help…… (smile).

  • GreenPat

    This is why I wish the Tesla Model 3 was a 5 door. They are almost identical in size. EVs have their limits but their are advantages like instant torque and regenerative braking. I’d like to see this and a Model 3 Performance battle around a shorter range track. Then invite Taycan to the party!

  • Bo Hanan

    How does this car and the A7 exist together without cannibalizing each other?

    • Daniela Wolf

      upper middle class vs luxury class.

    • Salih Ahzem

      Good point. Audi is thinking to merge A5 into A7 when their current lifecycles come to an end I read online recently.

  • john1168

    As awesome as this car is, I’d probably just get an S5 sportback. Plenty of performance, better fuel efficiency and for a better price.

    • Kagan

      And why not just a5 with 4 pot!

      • john1168

        That’s a good choice too. Decent enough performance with even better fuel economy and an even better price.

  • Exotics

    Model 3 Performance at $54,990 annihilates this thing in every category

    • Daniela Wolf

      Nobody wants bad quality…

    • KidRed

      In speed, maybe on a track the Tesla ‘annihilates’ but the Audi ‘annihilates’ when it comes to exterior design, interior design, cabin materials, build quality, space, etc.

    • Nastinupe1911

      Model 3 looks like crap both inside and out. I would rather pay for gas than drive it. And I do.

  • Daniela Wolf

    A beauty with a low price tag. In europe u pay up to 99 720 $.

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