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2019 Audi RS5 Sportback: A near-perfect performance all-rounder

Audi's powerful new RS5 is even better with an extra set of doors and a superfunctional hatchback.

Steven Ewing
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
Steven Ewing
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Audi's RS5 Sportback is a more functional version of the already lovely RS5 Coupe.

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An extra set of doors and a useful liftback design don't detract from this car's performance capabilities. 

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Power comes from a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6.

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This car makes an impressive 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.

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The RS5 Sportback will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds, which is quicker than its BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S rivals.

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Quattro all-wheel drive is, of course, standard. It's an Audi, remember.

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To my eyes, the RS5 Sportback actually looks better than the Coupe.

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Fold the rear seats and there's a superuseful 35 cubic feet of cargo space.

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The RS5 Sportback is priced from $74,200 and will arrive in US showrooms in late 2018.

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Keep scrolling to see more photos of the RS5 Sportback from our first drive in Munich.

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