Browse over 9,000 car reviews

Sorry, there are no cars that match your search

Audi RS5 Sportback set to outsell Coupe

BMW and AMG can't build you one, so Audi has.

RS 5 Sportback to prove that Australians aren’t necessarily hooked on SUVs for combining fast with practical. 

Audi expects the new RS 5 Sportback to outdo its coupe sibling in Australia, despite the RS 5 nameplate being built on traditional coupe foundations. 

Speaking with CarsGuide at the RS 5 Sportback’s Australian launch earlier this month, senior product planner Esther Choi confirmed that the brand expects the new five door, five-seat liftback version to make up 60 per cent of Australian RS 5 sales, with the two door, four seat coupe version set to become second fiddle for the nameplate. 

This is despite the RS 5 badge being exclusively two door for its first generation between 2010-17, split between coupe and convertible versions.

Ms Choi explained that US demand was key to the development of a Sportback RS 5 this time around, with the regular A5 Sportback and sportier S5 version proving surprisingly popular in SUV-loving USA

It’s also worth noting that the US doesn’t take the RS 4 Avant, not any A4-based wagons. Ms Choi was unable to nominate whether the new Sportback will rob the wagon-bodied RS 4 Avant of any Australian sales.

The RS 5 Sportback is the first high-performance, mid-size five-door model that isn’t an SUV to come from the big German brands, with BMW’s split of 3 Series sedan/4 Series coupe production with five-door liftback Gran Coupe across two different plants ruling out a hardcore M version of the latter. 

In the Mercedes-AMG camp, there’s just no mid-size five-door body to base one on, so Audi has this opportunity to itself, for now at least.

Aside from retaining a sleek roofline and a pert rear end, the new RS 5 Sportback delivers most of the back seat and boot space of the RS 4 Avant, all for the same price and performance of the coupe.

The RS 5 Sportback carries a list price of $157,700, and claims to hit 100km/h in 3.9 seconds thanks to the same 331kW/600Nm twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 and Quatrtro all-wheel drivetrain as the RS 5 Coupe and RS 4 Avant.

Would you pick an RS 5 Sportback over the Coupe or RS 4? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.