Audi’s RS 5 Sportback is a frantically quick high-performance 5-door hatch with stylish looks and all of the cool, class-less feel you’d associate with the Ingolstadt brand. The RS 5 is better known as a coupe, but this Spotback variant is much more of a practical choice and shares the two-door’s same potent twin turbo V6 engine and quattro four-wheel drive system. It can crest 174mph on the racetrack, but will be just as happy on your daily commute.
Why Lease An Audi Rs 5 Sportback?
The A5 Sportback comes in two sporting forms but the most affordable of them, the S5, is equipped with a 3.0-litre TDI 347PS diesel engine – which you may not want if you’re in the market for a frantically quick conveyance of this kind. If that’s the case, the 450PS 2.9-litre V6 of this RS 5 Sportback will be much more appealing, capable of sprinting the car to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds, a fraction quicker than Mercedes-AMG C 63, this model’s closest rival. Unlike the C 63, you’re not restricted to just a couple of driven wheels; there’s quattro four-wheel drive – a system that in this case normally direct 60% of power to the rear wheels but (should conditions require it) can send up to 85% of power to the rear wheels and up to 70% to the front.
Visually, there’s plenty of cool, laid back sporting pavement theatre courtesy of elegant curves and taut surfacing, with quattro blisters on the flanks to emphasise the extended wheel arches. At the front, there are gloss black design elements and the front spoiler features ‘quattro’ lettering. At the rear, there’s an RS-specific diffuser, an RS exhaust system and bespoke spoiler. In short, you won’t mistake this for an ordinary A5 Sportback.
It’s quite a bit different inside too, with grippy RS sports seats trimmed in fine Nappa leather and featuring honeycomb stitching. There’s also a flat-bottomed RS steering wheel with leather stitching. And a unique RS information display in the Audi Virtual cockpit instrument binnacle screen, which briefs you on G-Forces, torque and tyre pressures. Unlike with the RS 5 Coupe, there’s plenty of space for two adults in the rear and a very decently-sized 480-litre boot. Fold down the rear bench – which has a 40:20:40-split – and you can increase that to 1,300-litres.
Vanarama customers can choose between three RS 5 Sportback trim levels – standard RS 5, ‘Carbon Black’ and top ‘Vorsprung’. All include quite a lot – we’ve already mentioned a lot of the outward embellishments, which on the two top variants include big 20-inch alloy wheels with an anthracite finish. Across the range, there’s a throaty Audi Sport exhaust system that enhances the engine soundtrack and privacy glass. For the inside, there are winged RS Super Sports seats, a panoramic glass sunroof and LED ambient lighting.
Plus you get the full suite of the latest camera-driven Audi safety elements, including a Side Assist blindspot monitoring system. There’s also a full-house infotainment set-up – Audi’s ‘MMI navigation plus with MMI touch’ system that includes the hardware module ‘Audi connect’, which links the car to the Internet via LTE. Plus of course there’s the usual ‘Apple CarPlay’ and ‘Android Auto’ smartphone-mirroring system, via which you can access your favourite apps.
The RS 5 Sportback’s most obvious two rivals are BMW’s M3 Touring and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate
Audi enthusiasts may rue the fact that RS models no longer have the brand’s gloriously sonorous 4.2 litre V8, but this RS 5 Sportback’s Porsche-engineered 2.9-litre V6 gives you nearly as many aural fireworks and a far more sensible efficiency showing, with just as much performance on tap. You can’t imagine the cars like this will exist for very much longer; enjoy this one while you can.