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Audi RS5 review – interior and tech

Still in Audi’s previous era of superb build quality and understated design

Evo rating
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from £63,615
  • Covers ground effortlessly; superb build quality and refinement
  • Lacks the excitement and precision of its rivals; muted soundtrack

Inside, the RS5 builds on the foundations of the standard A5, which means it retains the last of Audi’s previous-generation design language. This means it focuses on exceptional build quality, clarity of controls and haptic feedback beyond that of a digital display. There has been one concession to the touchscreen generation, that being the removal of the old car’s click-wheel interface for the MMI system, which is at least clear and easy to navigate.

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The slick interior design is enhanced by some carefully chosen upgrades, including perforated leather around the steering wheel and gear selector, a smattering of RS5 badges and some supremely supportive high-backed seats.

Tech 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.

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