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2019 Audi RS 5
MSRP: $74,200

Pros
  • Strong acceleration from turbocharged V6
  • Confident and capable handling
  • Well-finished cabin with excellent infotainment
  • Ride is surprisingly comfortable
Cons
  • Limited cabin storage and rear-seat headroom
  • Noticeable lag between throttle input and engine response
  • Sloping roofline makes it difficult to enter the back seat
  • Seating position is a little tall for a performance sedan
What's new
  • New four-door Sportback body style
  • Virtual Cockpit and enhanced navigation system come standard
  • New option packages include 20-inch wheels and high-performance tires
  • Part of the second RS 5 generation introduced for 2018
Edmunds suggests you pay
5% below MSRP
$70,169
Including incentives - Expiring soon
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Which RS 5 does Edmunds recommend?

With only one trim level, the only decision is which options to add. The RS Driver Assistance package has useful features including adaptive cruise control and a top-down camera view. The Dynamic package is good for the variable dampers, but skip the pricey Dynamic Plus package, of which carbon-ceramic brakes are the headlining item. Also consider the Dynamic Steering, which simply makes the car more enjoyable more of the time.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.6 / 10

When the first generation Audi RS 5 debuted, it encapsulated everything we love about coupes, even one closely related to a sedan. It was intimate, inherently prioritizing the needs of the driver and the sole passenger. Its non-turbocharged V8 engine soared to stratospheric revs, further underscoring its sense of occasion.

The 2019 Audi RS 5 is part of the model's second generation, which debuted last year. While it's traded some of its V8 character for a new twin-turbo V6, the new engine packs more punch, particularly in the lower part of the rev range. What hasn't changed is the sure-footedness delivered by Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system, as well as an interior trimmed with world-class quality materials and technology.

There are minimal changes for 2019 models, but updates include the addition of enhanced navigation and Audi's high-definition widescreen digital gauge cluster (called Virtual Cockpit) as standard equipment. There's also a new body style, the RS 5 Sportback, which combines everything we love about the coupe-inspired-by-a-sedan and a, er, sedan. Imagine the same general shape as the RS 5 coupe, but longer, swoopier and four-doors-ier.

Thrilling as the RS 5 is, it's not without fault. There's not much cargo or cabin space, at least in the coupe. The Sportback potentially solves that issue, offering nearly double the cargo capacity behind the front seats. The suspension modes are either a little too rough or a little too sedate. And the engine sound, arguably the most visceral connection we'll have with the car, is a bit of a muted letdown compared with the sparkle of the previous generation's V8.

Incredibly capable and by all measures a top luxury sports car, we can't help but feel the RS 5 lacks a certain bite we expect of cars in this class, especially those with the feral roots of Audi's RS program. An RS 5 can dominate the road but may not inspire you to find new ones.

Audi RS 5 models

The 2019 Audi RS 5 comes in only one trim level but two body styles: coupe and four-door hatchback. Both are identically equipped, so the choice comes down to whether you want two or four doors and whether you want more room for luggage and cargo. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 (444 horsepower, 443 pound-feet of torque) that drives all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, parking sensors, automatic wipers, auto-dimming and heated side mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, and three-zone automatic climate control. In-car tech comes in the form of an 8.3-inch infotainment display, a navigation system, a 10-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a configurable digital gauge cluster display (Virtual Cockpit).

A suite of driver assistance systems — forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and intervention, and blind-spot monitoring — also comes standard.

From here, Audi offers a variety of option packages to choose from. Included in these packages are mechanical upgrades such as carbon-ceramic front brakes, variable suspension dampers, a sport exhaust and variable-ratio steering. If you want driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and a lane keeping system, tick the box for the RS Driver Assistance package.

Other RS 5 optional features include different 20-inch wheel designs, carbon-fiber exterior trim, premium leather upholstery, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Audi RS 5 w/ Dynamic and Dynamic Plus packages and Dynamic Steering (turbo 2.9L V6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

EdmundsScorecard

Overall7.6 / 10
Driving7.5
Comfort8.5
Interior7.5
Utility8.0
Technology7.5

Driving

7.5

The RS 5 turns in an impressive 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and can pull a full g around the skidpad, which means high levels of road grip. Subjectively, it's missing some of the excitement expected of an RS car. In Sport mode, it transforms into a very dynamic performer, but it does so by using sophisticated differentials that simulate a neutral or even loose rear end, which ends up feeling artificial.

In normal driving modes, there's a significant lag before the engine spools up and starts moving the car. And after some spirited use in our tester, we found the brake pedal got noticeably soft and the front rotors emitted loud squeals.

Comfort

8.5

What the RS 5 surrenders in excitement it makes up for in touring comfort. The front seats offer great lateral support without being confining, and they're also shaped well for long-distance drives. The difference in ride quality between Comfort and Dynamic modes is very noticeable. In Dynamic mode, it gets much stiffer, yet it can maintain composure without riding harshly.

Likewise, the cabin remains quiet at high speeds and over rougher pavement. Road noise is present, but only just so. The engine and exhaust sound good off the bat, and even better in Dynamic mode if not a bit synthetic. We're fairly certain the aural experience involves using the speakers to pipe in some of that sound.

Interior

7.5

The RS 5 uses Audi's last-generation interior design, which is much more user-friendly and less distracting. Unlike the newer layout, you get a good number of physical buttons, which means you won't have to dig through touchscreen menus. Every control is thoughtfully placed and has a solid and quality feel to it.

It's easy to access the front seats, and once there, it feels as though you're sitting just a bit tall for a sporty sedan. Rear passengers will likely have to stoop a little to clear the sleek profile of the rear roofline. Headroom is a bit snug back there, as is legroom due to tight toe space under the front seats. Visibility is good aside from a thick rear roof pillar that sits squarely in your over-the-shoulder view.

Utility

8.0

The Sportback's hatch can hold up to 21.8 cubic feet, which is very useful for a sport sedan like this. The only things missing back there are remote releases for the rear seatbacks. It's a long reach to fold them flat, so some people may need to do so from the rear doors.

Up front, there are plenty of places to store your personal effects, and we especially like the small tray that ably holds your phone. The door pockets and cupholders could stand to be a little bigger. All but the largest rear-facing infant seats should be accommodated with little effort.

Technology

7.5

Some people may prefer the RS 5's last-generation infotainment system more than the new version, as we do. The infotainment display is right in the driver's sight lines. And the dial controller is less distracting than a touchscreen to navigate menus with. Programmable shortcut buttons are a bonus amenity. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, booted up quickly and were glitch-free in our testing.

The adaptive cruise control functions well, with smooth reactions to changing traffic conditions. The front parking sensors can often be too sensitive, turning on while in bumper-to-bumper traffic. They're adjustable to some degree to reduce the beeps.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Audi RS 5.

5 star reviews: 75%
4 star reviews: 25%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.8 stars based on 4 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Better than M4 and C63
Rick,
quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

I have now had this car for a year and give you an accurate real world review, not the stupid reviews that every car magazine will give you Pros: Very fast Comfortable when not in dynamic mode. All wheel drive is amazing I like the stealth mode of Audi RS cars. Most people don’t know what they are and I like that. Plenty of room even in the back seat. Can fit 4 adults as long as the ones in the back are shorter than say 5’8” Good mpg when not racing it. I can get 30mpg on highway cruising to work around 70mph Interior is amazing and infotainment is great Exhaust sound doesn’t wear you out Brakes are rock solid Cons: Dynamic mode is rough on the roads in St Louis. Could have more aggressive sound but it’s a V6 and I’m SICK of people always saying but it’s not a V8 and doesn’t sound good. EVERYONE knows a V8 sounds better. Stop beating a dead horse with this. I knew this when I bought the car. If you have ever owned a car that has loud exhaust, you will admit there are times when it can get a little old when just cruising around (rarely but does happen) Absolutely no aftermarket performance parts are available in the US yet Transmission can be a little slow to downshift even in dynamic mode Now for my complaints with other reviews: Magazines want to compare this to the M4 and C63 which are RWD and they all say but it doesn’t have the fun factor blah blah blah. I’m 40. I don’t need to do a burn out around every corner and maybe when driven at 10/10 on a track, those might beat the RS5. When driven at ANYTHING less than that and on any street in America, the RS5 is safer and will destroy those cars and more especially from a launch with the AWD. I have raced a hellcat and embarrassed it. People buy Audis partly for the stealth aspect of them. There are a lot of people that don’t need to be flashy and loud all the time. What this car does is murder the competition without making a big deal about it. Audi buyers don’t have to have all eyes on them and say “look at me!” Like every BMW driver. Finally, if you want a sports coupe that is fast, solid, safe and not flashy, the RS5 is your car. If you want to live on a race track only, get the M4. If you want to have an awesome exhaust note and buy new tires every month from your daily burnouts, get the C63

4 out of 5 stars, Great everyday performance car
McGregor,
quattro 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

I traded my 2017 S6 in for the RS5 Sportback as I wanted something more sporty. The S6 was great but a little two big and unwieldy for sporty driving. Overall I am happy with the RS5. It is a good size, looks fantastic and has excellent performance and handling. The AWD makes it a year round daily drive in the Northeast, something the M4/C63/Giulia Quadrifolglio do not offer at least for now. The AWD is not the only feature that makes it more practical as a daily; the hatchback (sorry, sportback) makes it easy to load and unload large items. Also the ride comfort is significantly more tolerable than the competitors. With 19" wheels the ride is just as comfortable as an A4. I went with the base 19" wheels for a few reasons; cost, better ride, less weight, better looks (subjective), less likelihood of a /bent wheel, and better traction when equipped with winter tires. The ride/handling tradeoff is perfect with the 19s and Dynamic Package (DRC suspension). I leave the suspension is auto as it is not as bouncy as comfort but not as stiff as dynamic. The drivetrain is great as well but the engine could use a bit more character. It pulls hard and there is good power everywhere. Turbo lag is not bad but you do feel it for a split second when flooring it. The engine sound is not terrible but it is one of the few negative points about the driving experience. The C63 sounds much better, while the M4 sounds only slightly better. The 8 speed automatic is a great transmission. It upshifts and downshifts quickly and smoothly in comfort and auto while dynamic makes the shifts even quicker and more forceful.Having said that a dual clutch transmission would be even better and make the car more special as everyone seems to be using the same ZF 8 speed automatic now. Coincidentally Porsche uses this same engine in the Macan turbo with a dual clutch (PDK) so it's a shame Audi doesn't do the same. Gas mileage is unsurprisingly poor but the worst part is the range. With the small gas tank I am getting around 240 miles per tankful which is awful. The car desperately needs a larger tank. The interior quality and design are excellent as you would expect from Audi. Fit and finish is perfect and the material quality is outstanding. The seats are comfortable all day. The massage feature is a bit lame as it uses deflating/inflating air bladders instead of actual motors like it the A8. Instead they should offer comfort seats for people that want really comfortable seats with real massage. The virtual cockpit is cool but I would be fine with a traditional gauge cluster. The infotainment/nav screen is just stuck on the dash, not integrated like newer designs, and it doesn't even retract. I wish the moon roof was optional. It adds weight and comes with a retractable perforated screen that blocks most but not all of the sun. Plus when open the glass roof retracts outside of the car. I would have paid $1000 to delete the moon roof. Audi: make the moon roof an option. Another gripe about the interior is the glaring lack of storage compartments. There is very little space to store small items. Another storage issue: the owner's manual get stowed in the hatchback area, and the jack get strapped to the floor of the cargo area instead of in a cubby. Weird. Other than the few minor gripes I still feel it is the best vehicle in it's segment. Yes the others have slightly better track times and acceleration numbers but in the real world the RS5 is right there with them. Throw is wet or slippery roads and you can't even use 1/4 of the performance of the others. Even if the others had AWD I will still take the Audi. The M4 styling looks ridiculous, designed by a Fast and Furious attitude in mind. Plus the ride is harsh. The Alfa can be dismissed due to its abysmal reliability and poor interior quality. The C63 is nice but it rides firms and looks too similar to a C300/C43; not acceptable when paying $80k. Also the MCT transmission shifts very harsh. In summary, if you are looking for a practical everyday performance sedan/hatchback that delivers the goods, and does not beat you up, the RS5 is the only choice.

5 out of 5 stars, Beyond and ultimate driving machine!
William,
quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

I’ve been driving BMWs for 15 years and this was my first Audi! It has surpassed ALL expectation! The seats are extremely comfortable. The drive modes provide a wide range of comfort and performance. If your more into a Lexus type ride, the comfort mode provides that while performance and handling under dynamic makes you feel you’re on the autobahn! I only wish I had bought one years ago!

5 out of 5 stars, 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback
fastcars,
quattro 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

its fast and comfortable. seats 4 comfortable and drives great. options can drive the price to nearly 100k so you have to be careful with options. there are other cars at that price point to look at but not all of them have AWD.

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Features & Specs

quattro 2dr Coupe AWD features & specs
quattro 2dr Coupe AWD
2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$74,200
MPG 18 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 4
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower444 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite RS 5 safety features:

Audi Pre Sense City
Detects if a front collision is likely and warns you if you don't react quickly enough. Can also apply the brakes automatically.
Audi Active Lane Assist
Warns if you begin drifting out of your lane without signaling and nudges you back in line if you don't react.
Audi Side Assist
Informs you if vehicles are in your blind spots and audibly warns you if you attempt to change lanes.

Audi RS 5 vs. the competition

Audi RS 5 vs. BMW M4

Potent turbocharged six-cylinder engines now define these two performance coupes. Their previous incarnations packed V8s. The M4 and the RS 5 are likely the most direct competitors of the bunch, although the M4 will get the nod from enthusiasts since it still offers a manual gearbox and is rear-wheel-drive only.

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Audi RS 5 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C 63 is the most powerful coupe in this segment, boasting a twin-turbo V8 that pours all of its potency through the rear wheels. Like on the RS 5, an automatic transmission is the only one available. This Mercedes is fast and doesn't forget to pamper. Need proof? A panoramic sunroof is standard.

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Audi RS 5 vs. Cadillac ATS-V

Delivering the most consistently engaging driving dynamics of the bunch, the Cadillac ATS-V is something of a dark horse candidate. Its twin-turbo V6 outdoes every other six-cylinder in this segment, and its handling is perhaps the sharpest of the bunch. The RS 5, however, has a more attractive cabin and more space for passengers.

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FAQ

Is the Audi RS 5 a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 RS 5 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Audi RS 5 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the RS 5 gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg. 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 2019 Audi RS 5?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Audi RS 5:

  • New four-door Sportback body style
  • Virtual Cockpit and enhanced navigation system come standard
  • New option packages include 20-inch wheels and high-performance tires
  • 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 2019 Audi RS 5 a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Audi RS 5 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 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 2019 RS 5 is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 Audi RS 5?

The least-expensive 2019 Audi RS 5 is the 2019 Audi RS 5 quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $74,200.

Other versions include:

  • quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $74,200
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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 quattro 2dr Coupe 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 2019 Audi RS 5

2019 Audi RS 5 Overview

The 2019 Audi RS 5 is offered in the following submodels: RS 5 Hatchback, RS 5 Coupe. Available styles include quattro 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2019 Audi RS 5?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Audi RS 5 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 RS 5 4.8 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 2019 RS 5.

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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 2019 Audi RS 5?

2019 Audi RS 5 quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Audi RS 5 quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $79,470. The average price paid for a new 2019 Audi RS 5 quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $9,491 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,491 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $69,979.

The average savings for the 2019 Audi RS 5 quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 11.9% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Audi RS 5?

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