I

Is the Audi RS5 Sportback too good? CNET’s Roadshow finds out

Surely, there’s no such thing as a car that’s too good, right? Can anything actually be too good? I’m not so sure. However, if there is something that can be too good, though, it’s probably a performance car. Like humans, minor flaws are what give cars character. And character is what makes performance cars desirable. Which is why CNET reckons the Audi RS5 Sportback is actually too good of a performance car. It doesn’t have any measurable flaws.

The Audi RS5 Sportback is the four-door (five-door?) version of the standard RS5 Coupe. So it gets to extra doors and a liftback tailgate. You’d think that extra practicality might make it much heavier while also spoiling its looks. However, it’s only 89 pounds heavier and actually looks better than the Coupe. So it’s more practical, better looking and its extra weight isn’t enough to make a significant difference. How does that happen?

Not only that but its performance, handling and ride are all also without fault. The 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 makes 444 hp and 443 lb-0f torque, allowing it to get from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. So it’s stonking fast. But it’s also buttery smooth and effortless in its power delivery. If there’s a flaw with the engine, it’s that it’s too quiet and not raucous enough but it’s hard to complain about something that’s intentionally not being annoying. But it also has tremendous grip and rides beautifully. Its interior is stylish and packed with tech and well made.

Flaws are what give cars extra character, that spiciness that makes them special, but what if the car’s character is so friendly that it’s without fault? It’s like the one friend at the party that never starts trouble and always engages in good conversation. They might not be the most exciting person in the room but there’s certainly no way to be mad at them. The Audi RS5 Sportback is that friend.

[Source: CNET’s Roadshow]
CategoriesRS5
Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.