The Audi RS5 Sportback sits between the more traditional RS4 sedan, which is no longer offered, and the RS5 Coupe, which offers better styling, but less practicality. You’d expect the RS4 Wagon to be the ultimate practical autobahn stormer, but there’s only a 5% difference in cargo volume between the two. It’s an easy sacrifice to make, as the RS5 Sportback is a handsome beast. It’s also a sacrifice Audi makes on your behalf, as the Wagon isn’t sold here, nor does Audi have any plans to sell it.
It’s powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic. It sends the power to Audi’s well-known quattro system, and the result is the ultimate all-weather bruiser.
On the inside, it has a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that works much better than the old MMI system. Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard, as is a ten-speaker sound system. It’s a joyous place to spend time thanks to sports leather seats, beautiful trim on every surface, and seat heating both front and rear. The RS5 Sportback is the perfect blend of luxury and performance.