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Audi RS5 review – finally an M4 beater? - MPG and running costs

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

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from £63,615
  • Effortless performance, confidence-inspiring handling, impressive refinement and comfort
  • Characterless engine, lack of driver involvement

Downsizing to the smaller turbo-unit has improved fuel consumption by 24 per cent over the old model. Standing in a petrol station forecourt is one place you certainly won’t miss the free-breathing V8.

In our long term RS5 we’ve managed to exceed the claimed 32.5mpg on a combined cycle, achieving 34mpg on a cruise up to Scotland. This instance aside, the mpg has failed to escape the twenties, with the poorest return of 22.3mpg over 884 miles and best of 28.1mpg.

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You’d hope the tyres would wear more evenly compared to its rear-driven competitors, but when a new set of boots is required you should budget about £1000 for Hankook Ventus S1 evo2s fitted to our long termer. 

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