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2019 Audi RS 5

2019 Audi RS 5

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$27,935 — $113,003 NEW and USED
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20-21 MPG
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Overview

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The Good

  • Brisk acceleration
  • Security of all-wheel drive
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity
  • Virtual Cockpit configurability

The Bad

  • Steering feedback
  • Many driver aids optional
  • Backseat headroom
  • MMI navigation takes time to get used to
2019 Audi RS 5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Audi RS 5
  • Coupe, hatchback and convertible body styles
  • Turbo four-cylinder and V-6 engines
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard automatic emergency braking
  • Available Virtual Cockpit with 12.3-inch screen
  • S5 and RS5 performance versions available

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2019 Audi RS 5 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Jennifer Geiger

Looks like: An S5 Sportback with more ‘tude

Competes with: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Drivetrain: 444-horsepower...

Looks like: An S5 Sportback with more ‘tude

Competes with: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Drivetrain: 444-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6; eight-speed automatic; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2018

Like bunnies multiplying in the spring, Audi’s A5 lineup continues to bloom. New for 2019 is the addition of the RS 5 Sportback, which made its global debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

Related: More 2018 New York Auto Show Coverage

The sleek, sporty RS 5 Sportback joins the regular A5 and performance-oriented S5 Sportback hatchbacks and adds more of everything: amped-up power, aggressive exterior styling cues and a sport-themed cabin.

Exterior

First, a quick lesson in Audi-speak: As with its siblings, Audi calls the RS 5 Sportback a “coupe,” but the model has four doors and its trunk opens hatchback-style. Like the larger A7, however, the Sportback’s sloping roofline mimics the lines of a coupe. Got it?

The RS 5 looks a lot like the S5, but a few extra cues make it stand apart from the rest of the lineup, including pronounced bodyside lines and flared fenders, which give it an overall more athletic look. Audi also widened the body by 15 millimeters on each side compared with the S5 Sportback; it also sits 7 millimeters lower.

The RS 5 also wears a wider, flatter version of Audi’s signature grille along with RS-specific honeycomb air intakes, a matte-finish spoiler, matte-finish exterior mirror housings and high-gloss black side sills. In back, there’s an RS-specific diffuser, oval RS exhaust pipes and a high-gloss black rear-lip spoiler.

Interior

The RS 5 has seating for five, and the cabin borrows much from the S5 model, including the multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. It also features Audi Virtual Cockpit with a color head-up display that informs the driver of tire pressure, torque, a shift light indicator and G-forces.

RS-specific interior cues include S sport seats with RS embossing; a flat-bottomed, perforated leather RS sport steering wheel and gear shift; and stainless-steel pedals.

Under the Hood

Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 that Audi says is good for 444 horsepower and 443 pounds-feet of torque available in a wide rev range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. The sole transmission is an eight-speed automatic; this is a considerable jump in power compared with the A5 (252-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder) and S5 (354-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6) Sportback models.

Audi says the RS 5 sprints from zero-to-60 mph in less than 4 seconds and has a top “track” speed of 155 mph, though that can be bumped up to 174 mph (which sounds extra illegal) with the optional Dynamic Plus package.

As with the other models in the lineup, the RS 5 comes standard with Quattro all-wheel drive, and the drive forces are distributed with a 40:60 rear bias. Audi says the RS 5’s traction control system manages distribution for maximum acceleration with minimal slip.

The RS 5 also rides on a sport suspension, and an adjustable Dynamic Ride Control system is available, which allows drivers to customize settings in four drive modes: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual.

Safety

Audi says the RS 5 will offer a variety of driver assistance aids and safety features including standard Audi Pre Sense collision detection with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and other driver assistance packages like rear cross-traffic assist and active lane assist.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
11 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Fast and good looking

by Mike C. from Kirkwood on August 14, 2020

The car is great looking, fast and comfortable. Recommend to anyone especially as an everyday driver. It turns heads wherever I go. Also get everyone wanting to look at. Read full review

(5.0)

RS5 2019 COUPE

by Bmc from Fremont ca on July 3, 2020

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Audi RS 5 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Audi RS 5 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RS 5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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