2021 Audi RS 5

MSRP range: $75,400
5 out of 5 stars(2)
What others are paying$78,908
Low supply is pushing the market average above MSRP.

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2021 Audi RS 5 video

WILL KAUFMAN: Right now, I'm in Arizona tooling along in an Audi coupe. There are some clues that this isn't a regular A5. For example, there's this perforated leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel, the perforated leather on the shift knob. There's carbon fiber trim bits all around the cabin, some alcantara on the door liner, and these aggressively bolstered sports seats. The biggest clue that this is not a standard A5 comes when you put it in Dynamic and do this. [ENGINE REVVING] This is the 2018 Audi RS5. [MUSIC PLAYING] So BMW's M cars and Mercedes-Benz AMG cars are relatively common sights at this point. RS cars are a little bit more mythic. There haven't been as many of them sold in the US. They're the track-tuned hardcore versions with big, powerful engines and big price tags. For this generation of RS5, the V8 of old is gone, replaced by a twin turbo-charged 2.9-liter V6 engine that produces 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. This car does zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds, according to Audi, which makes it faster than both the M4 and the AMG C 63. Audi made a lot of changes to their three-liter V6, the engine that you see in the S5, for this RS5. They switched from a single twin scroll turbo to a twin turbo setup. They reduced the compression ratio so that they could get more boost. This car makes about 21.5 PSI of boost at peak output. And that's double what the base two-liter turbo engine makes. Now, to handle all of those turbos and all of that power, there is a lot of functional cooling in this car. In fact, all of those big grills that you see out front have a purpose. There's a giant radiator behind the front grill. To the left is the intercooler for the turbos, and to the right is the oil cooler. You also get a transmission cooler that's laid parallel to the ground. It sort of acts as a chin spoiler, and increases downforce on the front of the car. This engine is a little quiet. The exhaust node is kind of uninspired, honestly. Under 3,000 RPM, if you're in Dynamic mode, there is some assistance to the sound of the engine. There's a little box attached to the firewall that generates some extra noise by vibrating in a way that imitates the sound of the engine. It sounds pretty natural, and I guess it's a better alternative than using the stereo system to pump in fake noise, but there is some engine drone. This car also runs on special tires. They may look like regular Hankooks, but if you look closely, you'll see a little Audi Original badge on them, which means that they were specifically developed in conjunction with Audi for use in this car. And they give you just a ton of grip. Audi also made some adjustments to their all-wheel drive system for this car. This car defaults to sending 40% of the power to the front wheels and 60% to the rear wheels. Now, the all-wheel drive system is capable of shifting as much as 70% to the front or 85% to the back. And in the back, Audi has put an active differential that looks at the steering input and the level of slip in the wheels and makes decisions about where to send power across the rear axle. And that can send up to 100% of the power it receives to either of the rear wheels. [MUSIC PLAYING] You also get an eight-speed standard gearbox rather than the dual clutch transmission that most people have come to know in Audis. Some people might complain about losing the dual clutch gearbox, but the eight-speed works quite well. It's been pretty thoroughly retuned for this application, so it executes just quick, immediate shifts, if you're using the paddles. It's been tuned by Audi, so it's smart. This particular car is equipped with the optional suspension that has three different drive modes. You get a Comfort mode, a Standard and Dynamic mode. None of these are adaptive settings. It's not sensing road conditions and trying to provide you the best response all the time. It's basically just adjusting the damper stiffness. So right now, in Dynamic mode, it's pretty stiff. You can see me bouncing around. This is a perfectly smooth freeway in any other car. And in Comfort mode in this car, it's sort of delightful. The adaptive suspension is really worth every penny if you're going to be driving this around day-to-day. [MUSIC PLAYING] Steering in this car is worth noting. When you're driving around in Standard mode, it's very light. And it's an adaptive ratio, so the slower you're going, the more responsive it is, the faster you go, the less responsive. So it's easier in parking lots and a little bit easier to maintain a straight line on the freeway. As soon as you put it in Dynamic, it locks the steering ratio. Now, that's important because it means that, no matter what speed you're going, there's always going to be the same response from the steering wheel, which means that, if you're driving on a track or a favorite road, you're not learning how the car changes as you're going at different speeds. You always have the same response. So you get to learn the road. And that's a great thing for a sports car to do. There's obviously not a lot of feel back from the front wheels on this steering, but it is very direct. It's very responsive. Turn-in is just insanely quick, and this car grips around corners like nobody's business. You also get special gauge clusters for Audi's Virtual Cockpit in the RS5. In this case, you get extra readouts, including torque and power readouts. You get a G-meter and a lap timer. The digital tachometer also acts as a shift indicator when you're in Dynamic mode, which means that it changes color when it's time to shift up, going from green, yellow, to red. This car starts at about $70,000. That's almost 30,000 more than the base A5. Obviously, you're getting all of the extra engineering that went into the engine and the transmission and the special cooling system. You also get basically a fully loaded car, Audi's MMI system, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and satellite radio and navigation, and you get Audi's great Virtual Cockpit. We love these systems so much, we gave them an award at CES this year. You also get blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, all sorts of active safety features and driver aids. Obviously, the ceramic brakes are an option. If you opt for those, you also get a higher top speed. The limiter is moved from 155 miles an hour to 174 miles an hour. Good luck with that. You also get a back seat that an adult could sit in without chopping their legs off at the knees and a trunk that you can fit a couple suitcases in. But as good as this car is-- and it is quite good-- it lacks that little extra something. I recently had a chance to drive both an RS3 and a TT RS that uses Audi's just fantastic five-cylinder engine. And that engine makes a wonderful noise. It has a lot of character in the way that it responds on the road. The V6 doesn't have a ton of character. It is a very, very fast engine that makes a lot of power, but it doesn't sound all that special. This just doesn't have the attitude or the spirit that you expect from an RS car. For me, I think I might keep looking. [MUSIC PLAYING] If you liked this video, make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and check us out on Facebook and Instagram at edmunds.com. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2018 Audi RS 5 First Drive

NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Audi RS 5, but since the 2021 Audi RS 5 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


Is the Audi RS 5 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 RS 5 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the RS 5 has 21.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi RS 5. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Audi RS 5?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi RS 5:

  • New Black Optic Launch Edition and Ascari Launch Edition packages
  • New infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display
  • Revised front and rear styling
  • Part of the second RS 5 generation introduced for 2018
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Is the Audi RS 5 reliable?

To determine whether the Audi RS 5 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the RS 5. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the RS 5's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Audi RS 5 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi RS 5 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 RS 5 and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 RS 5 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi RS 5?

The least-expensive 2021 Audi RS 5 is the 2021 Audi RS 5 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $75,400.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $75,400
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What are the different models of Audi RS 5?

If you're interested in the Audi RS 5, the next question is, which RS 5 model is right for you? RS 5 variants include 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of RS 5 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Audi RS 5

2021 Audi RS 5 Overview

The 2021 Audi RS 5 is offered in the following submodels: RS 5 Hatchback, RS 5 Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A). The 2021 Audi RS 5 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Audi RS 5 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Audi RS 5?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Audi RS 5 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 RS 5 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 RS 5.


  • Strong acceleration from turbocharged V6
  • Confident and capable handling
  • Well-finished cabin with excellent infotainment
  • Surprisingly comfortable ride


  • Sophisticated all-wheel-drive system can make the handling feel artificial
  • Powerful engine lacks character
  • Limited cabin storage and rear-seat headroom
  • Costly options required to experience it at its best

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi RS 5 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 RS 5 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Audi RS 5?

2021 Audi RS 5 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

Which 2021 Audi RS 5S are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Audi RS 5?

2021 Audi RS 5 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
20 mpg compined MPG,
18 city MPG/25 highway MPG

2021 Audi RS 5 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
21 mpg compined MPG,
18 city MPG/25 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG20
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.9 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase108.9 in.
Length185.9 in.
Height54.0 in.
Curb Weight3990 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Audi RS 5?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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