If the changes to the outside of the RS5 appear tame, wait until you look at the cabin. There’s a pair of spectacularly supportive front chairs, but apart from those and the odd flash of RS brightwork, you could be in any A5 cabin from the range, or indeed any Audi.

So you don’t necessarily feel you’re in a flagship sports car, but neither does it give us any great cause for complaint. Perceived material quality is as good as that of other cars in the segment, and ergonomically the Audi is fundamentally sound.

Audi has resisted the temptation to festoon the cabin with RS branding

Perhaps the MMI control system, which we once thought class leading, could use a little update of its functionality, and the steering wheel, with its grille-aping detail, maybe looks more 'fat' than 'phat'. Gearshift paddles are standard fit, but they’re not ergonomic enough, and need to be bigger and easier to reach. But these are fairly petty niggles. 

The chances are that any drivers who can't get comfortable in an RS5's cabin are themselves rather curiously proportioned, but although the standard sports seats boast electric adjustment, you’ll need to dip into the options list to have them heated. 

While rear passengers won't be writing notes home about the capaciousness, it's far from bad for a medium-sized coupé. The boot has an impressive 455-litre volume, although access isn’t great, and the rear seats can be folded to increase carrying capacity.


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