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Audi RS 5

(2017 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

52
%
E

Used car score:

46
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

44
%
C

Reliability Rating:

40
%
E

Running Costs:

20
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

52
%
E

Used car score:

46
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

44
%
C

Reliability Rating:

40
%
E

Running Costs:

20
%
E

Summary


The Audi RS 5 is a high-performance, luxury coupé and liftback (Sportback) model based on the regular Audi A5 range. This is the second-generation line-up – the coupé arrived in the UK in 2017, and the Sportback followed in 2019.

This sporty Audi range has received a largely positive collection of review scores from the British motoring media – notably picking up plenty of praise for its performance. The RS 5 is powered by 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6, which produces 450hp and a reported 0-62 sprint time of 3.9 seconds.

Autocar‘s Nic Cackett concludes that “the Audi RS 5 is larger, lighter, quicker, cleaner and cleverer” than its predecessor – observations underscored by the car’s well-built, comfortable and practical interior, as well as its attractive exterior looks.

That said, the RS 5 has one major flaw that heavily hinders its review scores – it’s just not as fun to drive as its competitors, especially in the turns.

“The Audi RS 5 is up against some truly epic performance car rivals that match it in most areas and offer a far more involving and exciting driving experience”, the What Car? team explains, while recommending that readers check out the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C 63 or Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio instead.

As of January 2024, the Audi RS 5 holds a New Car Expert Rating of E with a score of 52%.

RS 5 highlights

  • Blistering pace and acceleration
  • Well-built upmarket interior
  • Practical in both Coupé and Sportback guises
  • Sporty exterior styling

RS 5 lowlights

  • Handling feels rather emotionless
  • BMW M4 is more fun to drive
  • Expensive, base price and up
  • So-so fuel economy

Key specifications


Body styles: Coupé and saloon
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £73,850 on-road

Launched: Summer 2017
Last updated: Spring 2022
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2015
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 89%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 75%
Safety assist: 75%

Notes on safety rating

The Audi RS 5 has not specifically been assessed by Euro NCAP. Like the A5 coupé and saloon, the RS 5 shares its safety rating with the regular A4 range which was awarded a five-star rating in 2015. However, this rating expired in January 2022 and is no longer valid, as the A4 no longer fulfilled the criteria for a five-star rating.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Audi RS 5 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. Due to its price and exclusivity, it is unlikely to have its emissions tested in the future.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Audi A5 family (including the RS 5) has a low reliability score of 41%, according to workshop data provided by our commercial partner, MotorEasy.

The big thing to look for is suspension trouble. As the MotorEasy data above shows, this is the most common issue found on Audi A5 models, usually costing around £500 to correct. Engine issues are almost as common and a lot more expensive, with the average repair cost clocking in at more than £1,200. 

Gearbox problems have also been known to crop up and are by far the most expensive faults, costing around the £3,000 mark. Bear all of this in mind if you’re looking at a used Audi A5.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models29 mpgE29 – 30 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models220 g/kmD211 – 225 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models46D40 – 49C – E
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£523D
Year 2£1,234D
Year 3£2,000D
Year 4£2,292D
Year 5£3,153D
Overall£9,202D

The running costs for the Audi RS 5 can get quite expensive, according to full-life costings provided by our commercial partner Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel consumption is poor and insurance costs can get quite expensive. Finally, scheduled servicing and maintenance costs over the first five years are predicted to be more expensive than the average car.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Audi RS 5, you might also be interested in these alternatives.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio | Audi RS 4 | BMW M3 | BMW M4 | Lexus RC F | Maserati Ghibli Trofeo | Mercedes-AMG C 63 | Peugeot 508 PSE

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The Audi RS 5 has alluring looks, a comfortable cabin and rapid acceleration, but it lacks the high-octane cornering thrills of its rivals.Audi RS 5