VIDEO: Here’s why the Audi RS5 Sportback is Doug DeMuro’s favorite Audi

As a do-it-all performance machine, the current RS5 Sportback is really the first from Audi in America. While Europe has had RS4 and RS6 Avants for decades, America has yet to get any of those. So if you wanted an Audi Sport model in America, you were limited to either the less practical RS5 Coupe or the mid-engine, six-figure R8 supercar. Now, though, the Audi RS5 Sportback is here and it offers all of the practicality one could want from a family sedan with the speed and handling of a genuine performance machine. According to Doug DeMuro, that makes it his favorite modern Audi.

In this new video, DeMuro talks about the Audi RS5 Sportback, its impressive blending of performance car and practical family car and, of course, its odd “quirks and features”. Let’s be real, though, if you’re watching one of DeMuro’s videos, you’re watching it for the latter. So what sort of weird quirks and features does the RS5 Sportback have? Well, for starters, it’s a hatchback, something a lot of customers don’t know. That’s right, that sleek, sexy body actually sports a hatchback, which makes it impressively practical.

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It also has some cool technology inside, such as its ability to find gas prices for you and its ability to predict traffic light changes and times, allowing you the best opportunity to cost throught green lights. But my favorite feature is its cell phone reminder. Like most new Audis, the RS5 Sportback has wireless charging for compatible mobile phones. When using the wireless charger, it’s easy to forget that your phone is in there and just leave the car when you’re done. I’ve done it countless times in other cars. The RS5 Sportback, as well as all other new Audis presumably, will actually tell you that you’ve left your phone in the wireless charging tray, so you don’t forget it. That feature would help me immensely.

What makes the Audi RS5 Sportback exciting, though, is what lies beneath the skin and technology. Under the hood is a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. That power, combined with an eight-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive, can get the RS5 from 0-60 mph in about 3.7 seconds. So it’s blisteringly quick. It also sounds better than most journalists claim and it looks fantastic.

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So as an overall performance car, one that can be driven daily, the Audi RS5 Sportback is hard to beat. It’s good looking, very fast, packs tons of tech and has a practical four-door hatchback body style. Now we see why it’s DeMuro’s favorite Audi.

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.