2022 Audi RS 5 Sportback

MSRP $75,400

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2022 Audi RS 5 Sportback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Audi RS5 Sportback has successfully made great sales figures in the market and it’s still in the highest demand. Audi made the RS5 in two body styles namely: Coupe and Sportback. A coupe is also a great machine but due to the somewhat shorter dimensions of the Sportback, the vehicle feels nimble on its wheels and it’s much easier to maneuver on the curves. The front of the Sportback looks the same as the Coupe with the even-looking LED headlights, massive signature Audi grille, and sporty crease on the hood. Under the hood, both Coupe and Sportback come equipped with the 2.9-liter, twin-turbo premium unleaded V6 gas engine which churns out 444 horsepower, with that much it excels from its other siblings. 

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Pros

The super sporty design language

Sporty suspension setup

Little to no road noise

Superfast V6 engine

Confident handling & comfy ride

Cons

AWD system needs a little more work

Lacks in space in the rear row 

Limited storage spaces

What's New?

Some new packages

Minor upgrades to the cabin 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$75400

bodystyle

dr Sportback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

transmission

8-Automatic w/OD

dimensions

wheelbase

111.3 in.

length

188.3 in.

width

73.5 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

4057 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

382.50 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$75,400 onwards

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To match up the engine performance the Audi has also provided the RS5 with a sportier suspension setup and stiff chassis which certainly improves the handling on the corners and provides super impressive ride quality. Besides some minor tweaks like a new bronze styling package, rear diffuser in matte carbon, black exterior badging, and front spoiler nothing major is expected in the RS5 Sportback. This vehicle might be the best sports car in the market but it directly competes with some great rivals like Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3, and Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63.

2022 Audi RS 5 Sportback Features

The beauty of these types of vehicles is that they are only made available by the automakers only in the single trim level and here the German automaker does the same by offering a single trim level of the RS5 Sportback. The 2022 version of RS5 Sportback will follow the same trend and will come with the same features as the current one such as matrix-design LED headlights, animation for head & taillights, 12-way powered front heated & ventilated seats, and much more. Not only that some of the packages might still be available for customization in 2022.

Trims

Audi RS5 Sportback 

MSRP (AWD)

$77,200

Key Features

19-inch Alloy wheels

 

Torque vectoring rear differential

 

Band & Olufsen surround sound system

 

Heated front sport seats with honeycomb stitching & RS logo

 

12-Way Power-adjustable front seats 

 

4-Way power lumbar support with pneumatic side bolstering and massage feature for driver and front passenger

 

Matrix-design LED headlights with laser lights

 

Leather/Alcantara upholstery

 

Panoramic sunroof

 

Thre-zone climate control

 

Selectable drive modes

 

Power trunk lid

 

10.1-inch touch display

 

Digital instrument panel

 

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

 

Forward Collision mitigation

 

Lane departure warning

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RS5 Sportback is the stand-alone trip level in the RS5 series and it features a lot of standard equipment at the current market price of $76,445. The upcoming 2022 version of the 2022 RS5 Sportback will come with the same powerhouse and transmission but what can be expected is the new Bronze Styling package, which will include bronze alloy rims and other bronze elements with bronze color stitching inside the cabin. If one wants to wait for that then it’s okay but for one who’s in hurry then they can surely opt for the 2021 RS5 Sportback

2022 Audi RS5 Sportback Release Date

We haven’t got any news regarding the release of the 2022 Audi RS5 Sportback but one thing is for sure that the RS5 Sportback might get a new 19-inch alloy wheel and the optional 20-inch alloy sets. We might hear about the upcoming model near the end of 2021 and the actual vehicle might roll into the showrooms in 2022 summers. 

2022 Audi RS 5 Sportback Engine and Performance

As stated before, the 2022 manufacturing unit will be the same and no changes will be seen regarding the power and drivetrain. So let’s take a look under the hood of the Audi RS5 Sportback, the vehicle comes equipped with the strong 2.9-liter, twin-turbo premium unleaded V6 gas engine which produces a total power of 444 horses and can pull the RS5 with the max torque of 442 pound-feet. To make the ride super smooth and lag-free the German automakers paired the engine with the paddle-shifted 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.

The power from the engine passes through the responsive and sporty 8-speed automatic gearbox and reaches all four wheels of the vehicle and the smart AWD system then manages the amount of power required by a certain wheel. With all that engineering, the Audi RS5 Sportback can launch itself from standstill to 60 mph within just 3.3 seconds and can sprint the quarter-mile distance in 11.8 seconds which is quite fast as per the records. Cruising becomes easy in the RS5 Sportback with a top speed of 174 mph.

Models

Audi RS5 Sportback

BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

MSRP

$77,200

$71,000

$76,840

$81,900

Engine

2.9-L, Twin-turbo V6 gas

3.0-L, twin-turbo I-6 gas 

2.9-L, twin-turbo V6 gas 

4.0-L, twin-turbo V6 gas

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed shiftable automatic

6-Speed manual

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-Speed shiftable Automatic

Power 

444 hp @ 6700 rpm

473 hp @ 6250 rpm

505 hp @ 6500 rpm

469 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

442 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

406 lb-ft @ 2650 rpm

443 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

479 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm

0 to 60 mph (sec)

3.5

3.5

3.8

3.8

Quarter-Mile (sec)

11.8

11.6

11.9

11.9

Top Speed (mph)

174

190

191

180

Although the Audi RS5 Sportback has the least power and the smallest displacement engine, it certainly makes its way to the top of the list in the 0 to 60 mph acceleration and this might be happening due to that 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox and AWD system. The only car that touches Audi’s performance in 0 to 60 mph acceleration and overtakes it in the quarter-mile sprint. Other than that, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Mercedes-AMG C 63 have the same performance figures but Alfa Romeo rules the list when it comes to top speed.

2022 Audi RS 5 Sportback Fuel Economy

Even though Audi RS5 Sportback outperforms all its rivals in performance, it still somehow manages to claim better efficiency than them. The 2022 model will claim the same fuel numbers as the current one because there will be no change in the power and the drivetrain system of the vehicle. The vehicle consumes one gallon of fuel to cover 18 miles in the city driving conditions, 27 miles on the straight highways, and 21 miles in the combined conditions but RS5 suffers in the overall range due to the smaller 15.3 gallons of fuel tank capacity.

Model

Audi RS5 Sportback

BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

MPG (City)

18

17

17

17

MPG (Highway)

27

25

25

26

MPG (Combined)

21

NA

20

21

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

15.3

15.8

15.3

17.4

Range (City/ Hwy/ Combined)

(miles)

275 / 413 / 321

268 / 395 / NA

260 / 382 / 312

296 / 452 / 365

Here on the list, Audi RS5 Sportback is the most efficient one with a combined average of 21 mpg and 27 mpg in the city. The only car that comes close to Audi in terms of fuel efficiency is the Mercedes-AMG C 63 with an even fuel number under combined conditions but claims slightly less in cities and highways. Whereas the other two, Alfa Romeo and BMW M3 run equally in one gallon of fuel.

2022 Audi RS 5 Sportback Interior

The cabin design and dimensions will remain corresponding to the current model and inside the car, the RS5 sports seats which are trimmed in supersoft Nappa leather have a nice honeycomb design. The cabin also gets an RS steering wheel with a flat bottom design and RS logo at the bottom, RS logo can also be seen below the gear selector. You can find some aluminum inserts around the cabin such as aluminum pedals, kick plates and for a sporty feel, Audi has surrounded the push start-stop button with a red insert.

Front seats are super comfy and come with great convenience features like 10-way power adjustability with 4-way lumbar, driver memory, and massage function. The cabin remains silent under the normal driving conditions and suspensions are good enough to make the vehicle glide over some rough patches. As standard, the interior is covered with soft-touch swede material but can be upgraded to carbon fiber. The vehicle supports the total occupancy for 5 people, the rear seats feel cramped up for the tall passengers.

Model

Audi RS5 Sportback

BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.0 / 55.3 / 41.3

40.6 / 56.0 / 41.6

38.6 / 56.1 / 42.4

37.1 / 55.3 / 41.7

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

36.1 / 50.7 / 32.7

37.8 / 54.6 / 35.6

37.6 / 53.6 / 35.1

35.2 / 55.0 / 35.2 

Cargo Volume (cu-ft)

21.8

13

NA

12.6

It’s clear from the data given above that the BMW M3 has the biggest cabin and features more space on both the front and rear row than its rivals, though every car on the list has the occupancy for 5 people. Other than the BMW, in the first row seats, Audi has relatively better dimensions and Alfa Romeo takes second place in terms of space in second-row seats. The cargo volume of the Audi RS5 Sportback is really impressive, with the 21.8 cu-ft of cargo space it leaves the others in the dust. Some highlights of the interior tech of Audi RS5 Sportback are given below:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Tilt & telescopic steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition
  • Heated front sports seat with honeycomb design
  • Premium Nappa leather upholstery
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Selectable drive modes
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Steering mounted transmission, audio & cruise control

How intuitive is the infotainment system?

The 2022 Audi RS5 Sportback’s infotainment system will be as interesting as the current manufacturing unit with the standard 10.1-inch touchscreen display and the digital instrument panel. The premium 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround sound system let you play your favorite song with extreme clarity and bass. Touch controls have taken the place of the rotary ones with the inclusion of the wireless charging pad and built-in navigation. Other than that, the system can support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity with voice control as standard. Some highlights of the infotainment system are:

  • 10.1- touchscreen display
  • Built-in navigation & wireless charging
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 19-Speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Satellite Radio
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • USB connection

2022 Audi RS 5 Sportback Exterior

Most of the RS 5 Sportback is going to look the same as the 2021 manufacturing unit. So, let’s take a look at the current one, Audi hasn’t rated the chassis but it has lowered stiffened suspension, also the wheels are pushed 24 mm out to the sides, a little bit more for wider track width and greater grip. The blistered wheel arches look really cool and provide a sporty attitude to the car. Audi has already given the RS 5 some refreshed looks with new sharp matrix LED headlights, new black bigger grille with the chrome Audi & RS5 badging at the center. Air vents on the front are bigger now with a different element either in matte silver, gloss black & carbon fiber and the best part is that all the vents are functional.

On the side profile, Audi gets the 19-inch sporty alloy wheels as standard but the carbon black model gets the 20-inch in black and the Vorsprung has 20-inch wheels in silver. The car has big extended side skirts, the ORVMs are either colored silver or black. Other than that, it has the RS 5 badge on the side panel and all the lines are integrated beautifully in the design. At the back, the RS5 has a little lip spoiler with some redesigned sporty/sharp LED taillamps. The vents around the tail lamps are fake but at least it has some big real exhaust pipes which produce some good music to the ears.

Model

Audi RS5 Sportback

BMW M3

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

Curb Weight (lbs)

4057

3840

3806

3968

Length (in)

188.3

189.1

182.5

187.2

Width (in)

73.5

74.3

73.7

72.4

Height (in)

55.1

56.4

56.1

56.1

Ground Clearance (in)

NA

NA

NA

3.6

Wheelbase(in)

111.3

112.5

111

111.8

Weight figures of the RS5 Sportback aren’t on its side as it’s the heaviest in the list with the curb weight of 4057 pounds followed by the Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63, BMW M3, and so on. BMW M3 has the largest dimensions only rival who is close to BMW in that term is Audi RS5 Sportback, having the bigger dimension means that it’s somewhat harder to maneuver in tight traffic situations, and having a bigger wheelbase means a bigger turning radius. Some highlights of the exterior features are:

  • Standard 19-inch Alloy wheels
  • Torque vectoring rear differential
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Power trunk lid
  • Optional red brake calipers
  • Optional Carbon fiber exterior
  • Optional 20-inch bi-color alloy wheels

2022 Audi RS 5 Sportback Safety

As the 2022 Audi RS5 Sportback hasn’t been released yet, so it’s impossible to crash test it but we can always take the current version of the RS5 Sportback as a reference. The crash test results of the 2021 RS5 Sportback hasn’t been out yet because it’s neither been tested by the NHTSA nor by the IIHS, but its sibling Audi A5 Sportback with which it shares a lot of things has scored an awesome 5-star overall crash test ratings done by the NHTSA and the ‘Good’ rating by the IIHS. All these ratings tell us that we can rely on the structure and safety technology of the RS5 Sportback. Some important safety features of the 2021 RS5 Sportback are mentioned below:

  • Dual-stage driver & passenger seat-mounted side airbags
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • Audi pre sense basic
  • Lane departure warning
  • Front collision mitigation
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Side impact beams
  • Electronic stability control 
  • Front 6-piston & rear 4-piston calipers
  • ABS & driveline traction control
  • Airbag occupancy sensor
  • Driver & passenger knee airbag
  • Rearview camera
  • Front & rear row side guard curtain airbags

2022 Audi RS 5 Sportback Competition

Audi RS5 Sportback Vs BMW M3

The Audi RS5 Sportback and BMW M3 both have sporty looks, Audi has some sharp body lines whereas BMW’s exterior styling is kind of smooth. If one wants a complete package of performance and luxury then RS5 Sportback is a clear choice but for a driver-centric vehicle, the BMW M3 rolls into the list, it’s the only one with evenly matched performance figures and superior cabin space.

Audi RS5 Sportback Vs Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Audi RS 5 Sportback both come around the same price tag but Alfa Romeo has 61 hp more than the RS5 Sportback whereas torque figures are almost the same. Besides all these things Alfa Romeo seems slightly slower just by a hairline, other than that its triple grille front fascia is overkill and seems like designers just over-designed the vehicle whereas, Audi presents its RS5 Sportback with a subtle design language where all the line the integrated well and wider stance makes it more sporty. It doesn’t end here for the Alfa Romeo as being manufactured by an Italian automaker means it has impressive driving dynamics and handles better than the RS5 and those extra 61 hp kicks in to provide the top speed of 191 mph which is quite impressive.

Audi RS5 Sportback Vs Mercedes-AMG C 63

The Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 is quite light on its feet and with somewhat smaller exterior dimensions it’s quite easier to maneuver under tight situations than the Audi RS5 Sportback. The AMG C 63 also claims a relatively good economy and it also has a bigger fuel tank capacity which provides it an advantage over the RS5. Mercedes is also known for its premium and luxury cabin and here also it offers great space and comfort in both rows.

2022 Audi RS 5 Sportback Final Verdict

Audi always comes in the market with the best automobile and RS5 Sportback is one of them, it comes with a great package of the well-put-together cabin, sporty attitude, and a strong powertrain. Audi provided us RS5 Sportback with one powerful engine but didn’t forget about the overall stance and look of the car, it may have a subtle look when compared to some but It always shines with its wider stance and sharp lines that integrate well in the exterior styling. The upcoming 2022 RS5 Sportback will share all these qualities but one might be ready to expect some minor tweaks inside the cabin and some detailing in the exterior design.