2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback First Drive Review

I crouched and groaned as I crammed myself inside the new Audi RS 5 and immediately heaved a sigh of relief once I was in. 

After what felt like an eternity of driving giant high-seated SUVs, and nerdy hushed EVs, I had finally found myself in a fast, petrol-powered low-slung sedan. 

The RS 5 has changed quite a bit from what it was, and if the spec sheet was anything to go by, it hadn’t lost anything in translation.

Sure, it doesn’t get a V8 anymore, and it misses out on the exclusivity of a 2-door coupe as well, but none of it matters, as I was about to find out. 

Audi says it wants the RS 5 to be the one-for-all car. It wants the customer to drive it through the mundane week and as the weekend comes by, blast out for a nice drive in the same car. 

The RS 5 is now a Sportback with four doors, and before you think it looks like a plain-jane Audi, stop reading this and glare at the images.

Over to the side, the standard 19-inch wheels won’t wow you, but you do get an option for different and bigger wheels. 

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