2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback

MSRP $75,400

Ranked #11 in Compact Hatchback

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2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback is perfect for customers who are looking for something more sporty but don't want to go all out with a coupe. Sportback offers a sleek design with the convenience of both sedan and hatchback. It feels more planted as compared to its competitors with the standard Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi’s both models, i.e., RS 5 Sportback and Coupe are powered by a 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 that churns out 444 horsepower, which further transfers this power with the help of an 8-Speed automatic transmission.

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Pros

Stunning interior styling

powerful motor

Confident handling & comfortable ride

Cons

Less legroom in the rear seats

Lacks in-cabin storage spaces 

Expensive sport vehicle

What's New?

Refreshed front & rear design

New Ascari Launch Edition & black Optic launch Edition Packages

10.1-inch new infotainment display


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$75400

bodystyle

4dr Sportback

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

transmission

8 speed automatic

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$75,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color
Daytona Gray Pearl Effect

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The RS 5 not only shines as a performance car, but this car features a well-put-together leather interior, cutting-edge technology, and luxury amenities. Designed for sporty drivers who want a more athletic Audi, the RS 5 Sportback has a stiffer chassis and good performance overall. With a price tag of around $74,500, it rivals Mercedes-AMG C 63, BMW M3 Competition Sedan, and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback front view
2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback rear view

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Features

Audi has featured both the RS 5 Sportback & RS 5 Coupe in only a single trim option, the 2.9 TFSI Quattro. Pricing for the Sportback begins at around $75,400. You do have the option of selecting the Ascari Edition ($95,900), which has only 100 units. There is also a new Black Optic Edition ($87,400), which has only 325 units reserved for Sportback. With this standalone trim, you'll find all the luxury, comfort, and infotainment features that Audi high-end cars are known for. The car has Audi Matrix headlights, Audi Virtual Cockpit, Hi-Tech Safety features, Heated power-adjustable seats, and many other features described below.

Trims

2.9 TFSI Quattro

MSRP (AWD)

$75,400

Key Features

19-inch alloy wheels

 

LED headlights

 

Torque-vectoring rear differential

 

Bang & Olufsen surround sound system 

 

Heated front seats with honeycomb stitching RS logo

 

Premium leather upholstery

 

Panoramic sunroof

 

Three-zone automatic climate control

 

Power trunk lid

 

Selectable drive modes

 

Digital instrument panel

 

10.1-inch touchscreen display

 

Forward collision & lane departure warning 

Which Trim Should You Buy?

The RS 5 Sportback is available in only one trim, the 2.9L TFSI Quattro, and it comes loaded with basic and advanced features like torque-vectoring rear differential, three-zone automatic climate control, selectable drive modes, panoramic sunroof, and much more. There is only one engine option available, but the 2.9-L turbocharged V6 motor of RS 5 is one powerful engine. Not only that, Audi also offers a plethora of optional features in the form of its optional packages that one can be opted for according to your needs.

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Engine and Performance

The Audi RS 5 Sportback with its powerful engine is sure to win you over. Powered by a 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 engine, the RS 5 puts on its wheels a total power of 444 hp and 453 lb-ft of torque. The V6 motor of this car is paired with a paddle-shifted eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission that transfers power to all four wheels via Audi's Quattro system. With the optional S Tronic and Sport Differential, the RS 5 is a fast car that can get you where you need to be with no problem.

 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback driving view

The RS 5 Sportback takes a quarter-mile sprint like a cheetah within 11.8 seconds and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, while the 8-speed automatic transmission helps RS 5 to cruise like a boat on highways with a top speed of 174 mph. Moreover, the Audi RS 5 also comes with a standard Quattro AWD system, which no other competitors offer in this segment.

Models

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 63

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2021 BMW M3

MSRP

$75,400

$75,700

$74,750

$72,800

Engine

2.9-L, Turbo V6 gas

4.0-L, Bi-Turbo V8 gas

2.9-L, Twin-Turbo V6 gas

3.0-L, Twin-Turbo straight-six gas

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed S Tronic Automatic transmission

9-speed automatic transmission

8-speed automatic

transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

Power

444 hp @ 5,700 rpm

503 hp @ 5,500 rpm

505 hp @ 6,500 rpm

473 hp @ 6250

Torque

443 lb-ft @ 1,900 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 1,900 rpm

443 hp @ 2,500 rpm

406 lb-ft @ 2650

0-60 mph (sec)

3.6

3.7

3.6

4.1

Quarter-Mile (sec)

11.8

11.9

12.1

11.6

Top Speed (mph)

174

180

191

190

Alfa Romeo is the most powerful one amongst all the four cars with 505 hp, leaving behind AMG C 63 by just 2 horses. Audi has the least power, but it does get a decent pulling ability of 443 lb-ft, which helps it accelerate within 3.6 seconds, while the other three are left behind by some milliseconds. BMW takes its own time of 4.1 seconds to drag from 0 to 60. Alfa Romeo uses its complete power while cruising at the top speed of 191 mph.

How well does the 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback handle?

A performance vehicle with a lot of innovative technology, the Audi RS 5 is one of the top models arriving in 2021. The new Audi four-point chassis also provides a very good level of handling at high speeds. You can also enjoy a smooth ride even when gliding over rough terrain. The suspension system is one level above the standard A5 and has greater stability on curves, making the ride more comfortable. 

However, when it comes to overall driving dynamics, the M3 and C 63 are a little better, but there is an area where RS 5 has an advantage over its competitors. Its Quattro AWD system performs very well and provides the driver with high levels of confidence in challenging driving conditions. It’s a good option for those who want to get an AWD drivetrain for just under $76,000, and it would also be a good choice for those who live under extremely cold conditions.

Braking performance

Audi's V6 engine makes 444 horsepower, and it goes from 0-60 in about 3.8 seconds. This level of power makes it very crucial that a car has good brakes from a safety perspective as well. While the RS 5 Sportback utilizes lighter alloys to reduce curb weight & aid the vehicle under braking, the brakes are made of carbon-ceramic and rotors measure up to 14.8 inches at the front and 13.0 inches at the back. 

Models

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 63

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2021 BMW M3 Competition

Brake Rotors Front (in)

14.8

14.2

14.2

15.0

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

13.0

14.2

13.8

14.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

4057

3874

3806

3890

60-0 (ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Although the calipers are slightly smaller than its competition, the body of RS 5 is also the heaviest one amongst all four vehicles. As a result, it may perform a little less well in terms of braking than its competition, but still, it will be able to provide a safe overall performance. Here, Alfa Romeo is the lightest with a curb weight of 3,806 pounds, approximately 200 pounds lighter than the Sportback, and that would give it an advantage while braking.

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Fuel Economy

Usually, cars in this segment sacrifice some fuel economy to achieve their performance. However, the Audi RS 5 Sportback still manages to do well in this segment. In cities, the RS 5 attains 18 miles per gallon, while on the highways, it only achieves up to 25 mpg of efficiency. Under combined conditions, it does 21 mpg, which are good numbers overall. Additionally, it has a fuel tank of 15.3 gallons, which is considered decent for this segment and offers a decent tank-to-tank range. 

Models

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 63

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2021 BMW M3Competition

MPG (City)

18

17

17

16

MPG (Highway)

25

26

24

23

MPG (Combined)

21

24

20

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

15.3

17.4

15.3

15.6

Range(City/ Hwy/ Combined) (miles)

275.4 / 382.5 / 321.3

295.8 / 452.4 / 417.6

260.1 / 367.2 / 306

249.6 / 358.8 / 296.4

Audi leads the spec sheet in the city, while the AMG C 63 leaves behind the others in combined conditions and averages around 24 mpg, almost 3 mpg more than the Sportback. BMW M3, on the other hand, claims an underwhelming 19 mpg. When it comes to the fuel tank capacity, both RS 5 Sportback and Alfa Romeo disappoint us with the least capacity of 15.3 gallons, whereas with an overall good economy and the largest fuel tank, AMG wins the spec sheet with the best range.

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Interior

In terms of interior design, the 2021 Audi RS 5 is stunning. As part of the design process, it has been made comfortable for passengers to enjoy while riding at high speeds. Despite the car's sporty exterior, it has a very luxurious interior. The seats are very comfortable and are covered in premium leather for ultimate comfort. The cabin of the RS 5 is also quite spacious, but the rear space is slightly compromised. The large windows inside the car create a feeling of openness and allow for great views. It has well-designed controls and displays that are very convenient to operate. Overall, the 2021 Audi RS 5 has a very comfortable interior.

 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback front seats

The interior of the Sportback is fully loaded with high-tech features. Centrally located controls allow you to operate features like navigation, radio, and heat while driving. Audi has also removed the old touchpad and infotainment controls from the center console this year. Standard on the RS 5 is 10-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, memory, and massage functions. The Sportback comes with a cargo capacity of 21.5 cubic feet, which is way more than the rivals in the competition.

Models

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 63

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2021 BMW M3 Competition

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

39.8/55.3/42.2

37.1/55.3/41.7

38.6/56.1/42.4

40.6/56/41.6

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

39.8/51.7/33.7

37.1/55/35.2

37.6/53.6/35.1

37.8/54.6/35.6

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft)

21.5 cubic feet

12.6 cubic feet

13 cubic feet

13 cubic feet

The Audi RS 5 easily wins this comparison in terms of front row legroom and headroom. On the other hand, the RS 5 offers the most headroom at the rear. However, M3 has the most legroom in the back seat. Cargo space is another area where the RS 5 easily surpasses all its competitors, with 21.5 cubic feet available. Some features of this car’s interior are mentioned below.

  • Cruise Control
  • Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Heated and power-adjustable seats with memory & massage functions
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Audi RS 5 features a 10.1-inch touchscreen as standard, which is a new upgrade for this year. There is no doubt that its touchscreen is quite responsive, and its MMI interface is a very good addition. Its cabin is equipped with a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system that delivers a melodious and bassy tone.

 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback infotainment screen

Some other infotainment features of the RS 5 include Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, Wireless Charging, Negation, and much more. All infotainment features of this car are mentioned below:

  • 19 speaker system
  • 10.1-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple Carplay & Android Auto
  • Wireless Charging
  • BlueTooth & Navigation
  • Bang & Olufsen speakers (Optional)

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Exterior

The exterior styling of the RS 5 is simply stunning and is capable of catching anyone's attention right away. Having an aggressive and commanding appearance can certainly make a strong first impression. The RS 5 Sportback's exterior received a substantial update this year as the new honeycomb grille has been widened and flattened. Additionally, just above the front grille, three thin horizontal air vents are also visible and a new Audi Matrix headlamp has been made standard this year.

 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback 

If the standard looks of RS 5 Sportback aren’t enough for you, then you can choose any optional package that Audi is providing. The Dynamic Package adds exterior features like red brake calipers, RS sport suspension with adaptive suspension dampers, and an RS sport exhaust system with black tips, and if you go for the Black Optic Carbon Package, then it adds the 20-inch alloy wheels, carbon-fiber exterior mirror housings, carbon-fiber lip, and spoiler.

Models

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 63

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2021 BMW M3 Competition

Curb Weight (lbs)

4057

3874

3806

3840

Length (in)

186

187.2

182.5

189.1

Width (in)

75.2

72.4

73.7

74.3

Height (in)

53

56.1

56.1

56.4

Ground Clearance (in)

5.2

3.8

3.8

4.7

Wheelbase (in)

113

111.8

111.8

112.5

Track Width (in)

62.9

63.4

61.2

0

In terms of body weight, the RS 5 Sportback is a little heavier than all of its rivals here. Also, the RS 5 is the widest in its class. With the highest ground clearance of 5.2 inches, it would certainly increase the body roll. The RS 5 has the biggest wheelbase amongst the rivals, which facilitates a roomier cabin and the ability to carry a little more cargo, but it would definitely decrease the maneuverability as compared to the others. Some exterior features of this car are:

  • 19.0-inch wheels
  • Audi Matrix Lights
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Heated power folding adjustable mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • LED Brakelights

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Safety

Neither the NHTSA nor IIHS have tested the Audi RS 5. However, judging from Audi's past performance on the test grounds, we can easily assume that it would receive the highest rating from both agencies. As with all other Audi cars, the RS 5 Sportback is also equipped with advanced safety technology and ensures the safety of the driver and the occupants. In fact, the RS 5 Sportback has got some extra features that facilitate a safer ride in this high-performing car. Some standout safety features of this car include:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Audi Pre Sense
  • Top View Camera System
  • Front and Rear Automated Emergency Braking
  • Audi Active Lane Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Top View Camera System
  • Blind Spot Monitoring

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Competition

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Vs 2021 Mercedes-AMG C 63

You must probably be looking for a bit more performance if you're shopping in this market segment. As a result, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 appears to be better as it has a much more powerful engine, as evidenced by its performance during the 0-60 race. The braking performance of the C 63 is also likely to be better than the RS 5 Sportback because it has bigger brake calipers and also has less body weight. Again, the price of C 63 is almost the same as RS 5. As a result, the C 63 is the better choice here. However, the interior of the Audi is nicer, and the infotainment system is also better than the C 63.

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 63

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Vs  2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

It's certainly true that Giulia Quadrifoglio's performance is a little better than RS 5. Also, the exterior of Quadrifoglio is very unique and catchy. Furthermore, the Quadrifoglio is slightly more affordable than the RS 5. With that aside, the Audi RS 5 isn't that far behind in terms of technology and comfort, rather it feels much more practical and well prepared. We would slightly lean towards the RS 5 in this case based on these factors. Nevertheless, Quadrifoglio has great potential, so it should not be ignored.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Vs 2021 BMW M3 Competition

When it comes to engine performance, the BMW M3 Competition falls behind the Audi RS 5. However, the M3's ride quality and vehicle dynamics continue to be unrivaled. Still, the RS 5 is a decent car concerning its fuel range and performance. As far as looks and features are concerned, both are good. However, due to those few advantages of the RS 5, we would say the RS 5 beats the M3 by a small margin.

2021 BMW M3 Competition

 

2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Final Verdict

Yes, the 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback has no major flaws that would prevent anyone from considering it. Its futuristic cabin and advanced technology features are perfectly suited to the new decade's requirements and will remain on the trend list for many more years to come. The RS 5 has excellent performance, a spacious cabin, and plenty of cargo room. It is also equipped with high-tech safety gear. Due to this, we strongly recommend that you choose RS 5 in this segment. Nonetheless, its competitors like the Quadrifoglio & C 63 also have great potential, and you should consider checking those out as well.