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Audi RS5 review – finally an M4 beater?

James Disdale
16 Apr 2018
Verdict:

Unfazed by all weathers, the RS5 offers huge performance and refinement, although it still wants for more character.

Evo Rating: 
Price: 
£63,615
For 
Effortless performance, confidence-inspiring handling, impressive refinement and comfort
Against 
Characterless engine, lack of driver involvement
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Inside, the RS5 builds on the foundations of the standard A5, which means few rivals come close for quality or upmarket appeal. The slick design is enhanced by some carefully chosen upgrades, including alcantara coverings for the steering wheel and gear selector, a smattering of RS5 badges and some supremely supportive high-backed seats.

Machinery fans can revel in the now familiar Virtual Cockpit, which is standard. Featuring a 12.3-inch configurable TFT screen, it features a host of useful functions, plus a barrage of performance data, such as turbo boost pressure and a G-meter.

It’s a quiet and comfortable place to be, too. With the driver modes set to Comfort there’s very little wind and road noise, while the engine settles to a barely audible background hum. The ride is far more supple than that of the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and BMW M4, too.

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