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2019 Audi RS 5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The Coupe is the perfect blend of performance and versatility, although there is significant power differences against its rivals the M4 and the C63, the Quattro all-wheel drive makes up for it with intense grip through the corners and traction where the others let their rear ends swing.

The Audi RS5 is available in either a 2-door coupe or a 4-door Coupe format, with the Coupe being higher up on the practicality list. Being the most powerful iteration of the A5 and S5 series, the RS5 gets a 2.9L twin turbo V6 engine making 425hp coming in at the price of $74,200.

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Pros

Impressive body control

Fabulous sounding V6

Quattro sport differential

Practicality is top notch

Cons

Underpowered compared to the rivals

Suspension not stiff enough in race mode

Doesn\\u2019t let go of the rear end

What's New?

Enhanced navigation system and touchpad interface come standard

Now includes Virtual Cockpit, Audi's enhanced driver info display system

New option packages include 20-inch wheels and high-performance tires


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$74200

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

177 cu. in.

horsepower

444 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

443 lb.-ft. @ 1900 rpm

transmission

8-speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

188.3 in.

width

73.3 in.

height

54.6 in.

curb weight

3968 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

11.6 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18 /27 /21 mpg

ev range

275.4 mi.

highway range

413.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./50000mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ Unlimited mi.


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Styles

 2019 Audi RS 5 in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2019 Audi RS 5 in Florett Silver Metallic color  2019 Audi RS 5 in Glacier White Metallic color  2019 Audi RS 5 in Misano Red Pearl Effect color  2019 Audi RS 5 in Navarra Blue Metallic color
Daytona Gray Pearl Effect

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Audi RS 5 2.9T quattro

2.9T quattro

power
444-hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
mpg
21 combined

$74,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.9T quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Tubo 8AM) Starting at $74,200 MSRP (18 mpg/21/27 mpg) 444-hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.9 L, V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
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8-speed automatic manual all wheel drive 4

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 4, 2019


Apart from its arch nemeses, the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C63, the RS5 also faces off against the Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. Lets see how well the Audi handles the intense rivalry.

2019 Audi RS 5 Features

There is only one trim to the RS5 and it comes standard with the Quattro rear differential and RS sport suspension. The huge 19-inch wheels are great for precise control and steering.

Model

Audi RS5

MSRP

$74,200

Key features

2.9-liter TFSI\xae V6 biturbo engine with Audi valvelift system (444 hp/443 lb-ft)

 

Quattro rear sport differential

 

19" 10-spoke-Star design forged wheels with 265/35 summer performance tires

 

RS sport suspension

 

Twelve-way front S sport seats, including four-way power lumbar, pneumatic side bolsters, and massage function for driver and passenger

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The Sportback is the better choice compared to the coupe, primarily because of the better practicality as well as the two extra doors which improve accessibility to the rear seats.

2019 Audi RS 5 Engine

Under its sinewy clamshell hood sits a 444-hp twin-turbo V-6. That's six fewer horsepower than the outgoing V-8 model, but torque has increased dramatically from 317 lb-ft to 443. - Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The 2.9L twin-turbo engine borrowed from the Panamera lineup, making 444 hp and 443 lb-ft, and just like a porsche, this engine loves to rev. Touch the throttle and the RS nomenclature makes sense as the Coupe launches like a supercar pushing you back into the bucket seats, V6 making more power than the Panamera it comes from.

The trick Quattro all-wheel drive splits the torque 60:40 between the axles to give the Coupe a rear-wheel drive character, while maintaining the best grip through the corners. Since Audi has decided to ditch the manuals, the RS5 gets an 8-speed automatic transmission which sends cracks and pops through the exhaust pipe at every downshift.

Models

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Cadillac ATS V coupe

MSRP

$68,750

$61,745

$64,195

$61,435

$80,590

$70,145

$74,200

$68,790

Engine

4.0L V8 Twin Turbo

6.2L V8 SRT

HEMI Supercharged

6.2L V8 Supercharged Big Block

5.2L V8 Voodoo Naturally aspirated

6.2L V8 Supercharged Big Block

3.0L I-6 Twin Turbo

2.9L V6 Twin Turbo

3.6L Twin Turbo V6

Transmission

9 Speed automatic

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

7 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed manual

Horsepower

469 hp @ 5500 rpm

717 hp @ 6000 rpm

650 hp @ 6400 rpm

526 hp @ 7500 rpm

650 hp @ 6400 rpm

425 hp @ 5500 rpm

444 hp @ 5700 rpm

464 hp @ 5850 rpm

Torque

479 ft-lbs @ 1750 rpm

656 ft-lbs @ 4800 rpm

650 ft-lbs @ 3600 rpm

429 ft-lbs @ 4750 rpm

650 ft-lbs @ 3600 rpm

406 ft-lbs @ 1850 rpm

443 ft-lbs @ 1900 rpm

445 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm

The BMW M4 preserves a 6-speed manual with the inline-6 engine, but offers an optional automatic. It makes slightly less power and torque than the RS5, but with the exuberating power transmitted to the rear, the ride is much more enthralling. The C63 from Mercedes, comes with a V8 engine, making 469 hp, but against the American muscle cars those numbers look tiny.

Acceleration

Facing off against the American muscle at the drag strip, the Audi RS5 performs surprisingly well. Taking merely 3.8 seconds from 0 to 60 miles an hour, the neck-snapping acceleration, kudos to the Quattro system, takes you to the quarter mile mark in 12 seconds flat.

Models

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

0-60 MPH

3.6 sec

3.5 sec

3.9 sec

2.9 sec

4.1 sec

3.8 sec

3.9 sec

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

11.4 sec

12.2 sec

10.9 sec

12.5 sec

12.0 sec

N/A

N/A

Engine

6.2L V8

6.2L V8

5.2L V8

6.2L V8

3.0L i6

2.9L V6

4.0L V8

3.6L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The first one to reach 60 mph is the Corvette Z06 taking under 3 seconds, while the Camaro ZL1 finishes next with 3.5 seconds. After the Challenger taking 3.6 seconds is the Audi RS5. Meanwhile the Merc and BMW take longer to reach 60 compared to the Audi.

Ride and Handling

The 4-door Coupe, often classified as a hatchback, but handles like a thoroughbred sports car. With amazing road holding, minimal body roll and stiff suspensions that keep the RS5 planted to the tarmac. The Quattro all-wheel drive induces a rear wheel character to the Coupe and helps the grip through corners and slippery conditions.

In comfort mode the Coupe transforms into a comfortable cruiser whose suspensions eat up undulations like breakfast. Even the roughest roads pose no challenge to the RS5 and but keep the dynamic mode for the track only, unless you want your internals to be blended like a smoothie.

Braking

The 13.8-inch discs up front and 13s at the rear, may seem small compared to the competitors, however, the force through the calipers is enough to scrape away the speed with amazing efficacy. In comfort mode, the pedal is easy to modulate and delivers smooth deceleration without sharp jerks.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Brake Front (in.)

15.4

N/A

15.5

14.6

15

13.8

14.2

12.4

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

N/A

14.9

14.4

14.6

13

14.2

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4429

3883

3760

3524

3625

3649

4074

3803

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

107

96

99.6

108

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Shelby and the Hellcat come with absolutely massive brake discs sized 15.5-inches up front, considering the equally massive engines they carry, the brakes are a given. The M4 also has pretty huge discs, compared to the RS5 and the Mercedes.

2019 Audi RS 5 Fuel Economy

The Twin-turbo V6 engine gives you great economy compared to the gas guzzling V8s. In the city the mileage you get peaks to 18 miles to the gallon, while at highway speeds the economy reaches up to 26 mpg, giving you the combined mpg of 21.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

MPG (city)

13

14

14

15

18

18

18

16

MPG (highway)

21

20

21

22

25

26

27

23

MPG (combined)

16

16

16

17

20

21

21

19

The Hellcat barely manages to keep fuel in its tank delivering 13 miles to the gallon in the city and 21 mpg on highways. The main competitor, the BMW M4 gives quite similar economy to the Audi RS5, with the numbers not far behind. The Mercedes C63, despite the V8, gets you the best fuel economy on highways.

2019 Audi RS 5 Interior

The RS5's interior mixes an array of rich materials and high-tech equipment. The standard front sport seats are supportive during cornering and comfy on road trips. Diamond stitching and a fully digital gauge cluster highlight the fancy options. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Despite being a sporty performance version of the A5, the RS5 embodies the GT characteristic with plush seats which are not only comfortable for long journeys, but also support your torso as you rip across the track. With the neverending sloping roofline, you might think it eats away the headroom from the rear, but that's certainly not the case here.

Along with a truckload of RS badging comes diamond shaped contrast stitched leather upholstery and a leather wrapped flat-bottomed steering. The extended carbon-fiber paddles with oodles of Alcantara complement the stainless steel pedal box underneath, all-in-all the perfect habitat to find a petrolhead in,

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Passenger capacity

5

4

4

2

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/58.5/42.0

38.5/NA/43.9

37.6/56.3/44.5

37.9/55.2/43.0

39.8/55.3/42.2

39/55.3/41.3

38.8/54.8/42

37.6/54.1/42.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/53.9/33.1

N/A

34.8/52.2/30.6

N/A

36.1/51.7/33.7

NA/50.7/32.7

35.6/51.7/32

35.1/55.1/33.5

Compared to a 5 seater like the Challenger, the rear seats are obviously less inviting in the RS5 and other coupes, however, for a 4 seater, the Audi does a pretty good job of keeping the passengers comfortable with the incessant use of premium materials in the comfortable rear. In terms of passenger capacity, other than the Hellcat, the RS5 Coupe, trumps all others.

Infotainment System

As per the Audi officials, the car provides a comprehensive range of infotainment choices. It comes equipped with MMI navigation plus with MMI touch system which is one of a kind. The RS5 is equipped with Audi Connect which means it will give you an inbuilt 4G LTE connection. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay comes standard for this variant. One of the unique things about RS 5 is that it has a very professional navigation system which provides 3D maps on demand. Following is the list of infotainment features a connectivity that comes with Audi RS 5 Coupe:

  • 8.2-inch MMI infotainment
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • voice control
  • Audi connect (a 4G LTE connection)

Cargo Capacity

With the GT-like character, comes a great cargo space of 16.4 cubic feet, rivalling the massive trunk of the Challenger. The hatchback-style rear trunk lid can accommodate a lot of luggage from your trips to IKEA to the skiing trips to the Rockies; the RS5 can carry it all.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

16.2

9.1

13.5

15.0

11.0

16.4

10.5

10.4

The BMW M4 and the Mercedes C63 have quite smaller cargo volume at the back of the coupe at 11 and 10.5 cubic feet, however, the smallest trunk comes in the Chevrolet Camaro at 9.1 cu-ft. The 2-seater Corvette houses a surprisingly large 15 cubic feet volume.

2019 Audi RS 5 Exterior

Its extra-aggressive styling is front and center, with massive air intakes and wide fenders. While these visual pieces are standard, a carbon-fiber roof and three appearance packages provide personalization, as does an attention-grabbing Sonoma Green paint color. - Car and Driver

Design and Dimensions

The design of the fastback steadily gets edgier as you move from the A5 to the S5 and then to the RS5. with huge front grille and the air intakes make the RS look more aggressive than any Audis Ingolstadt has made yet. The 2-door Coupe lacks practicality compared to the sportback where the trunk opens with the rear windshield, and the passengers have to squeeze behind the front seats to get to the back.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 w/1LZ coupe

BMW M4 coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Curb weight (lbs.)

4429

3883

3760

3524

3625

3649

4074

3803

Length(in)

197.5

190.2

189.6

177.9

184.5

185.9

187.1

184.7

Width(in)

75.7

75.0

75.9

77.4

73.6

73.3

73.9

72.5

Height(in)

57.0

52.9

54.2

48.6

54.4

53.5

55.2

54.5

Ground clearance (in)

4.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

4.7

N/A

3.6

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

116.2

110.7

107.1

106.7

110.7

108.9

111.8

109.3

Track width (in) F/R

64/63.7

63.4/62

N/A

63.5/62.5

62.2/63.1

62.9/62.5

64.4/62.7

60.3/61.7

The 2-door is longer and sits lower than the coupe version of the RS5, however it is nowhere near as long as the boat-like Challenger, but not as tiny as the nimble Corvette. The lower ground clearance in the germans also affects the handling characteristics, but make the splitter prone to speedbumps.

2019 Audi RS 5 Safety

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Audi pre sense basic Forward Collision
  • Audi connect CARE Emergency Sos
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • SIDEGUARD Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3...
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Audi RS 5 Competition

Audi RS5 vs BMW M4

Fun driving dynamics is top priority for both BMW and Audi, however, compared to the rear-wheel drive M4, the Quattro RS5 feels more in control. The interiors are plush and upmarket, with plethora of Carbon fiber and a sea of Alcantara. From the outside, the RS5 follows much more radical and edgy design dynamics and the M4, despite all its glory feels laid back. The 4-door practicality you get with the RS5 Coupe undercuts all the M4 stand for. Adding versatility to the mix, the audi pulls ahead as a better vehicle at the price.

Audi RS5 vs Mercedes-AMG C63

Coming with a V8 and plenty of power, the C63 claims the throne of coupes as the the RS5 awaits ambush. To counter Audi's trump card, the Quattro, AMG has given C63 a nuclear deterrent. The AMG Traction Control from the GT-R and AMG Dynamics - best thing to happen to an AMG since the Black Series. Interiors are equally plush, with the infotainment best you can find on both. On the outside, the Merc challenges the hude diamond grille with its Panamericana. Only way the RS5 still keeps relevance is its versatility with 4 doors and a bigger trunk.

Audi RS5 vs Cadillac ATS-V

The ATS-V is a powerful, torque-rich coupe from Cadillac, but it's nowhere near what the germans have to offer. With interiors not as premium as the Audi and the tech an generation older, the RS5 pulls ahead. From the outside, the Cadillac follows a very boxy coupe look unlike the refined and classy sharp creases on the Audi RS5. the 4-door RS5 combines luxury and performance with practicality and versatility, making the RS5 the better of the two.

2019 Audi RS 5 Final Verdict

The RS5 Coupe is the perfect emulsion of performance and versatility. The Quattro all-wheel drive keeps it planted and grips the tarmac regardless on the climate as well as gives your ride a rear wheel drive character in dynamic mode. The 4-door Coupe with a GT-like roofline makes the RS5 also a great cruiser for longer journeys. In conclusion, the RS5 Coupe is the perfect car, one for all purposes, for your garage.