A Dif­fer­ent Drive

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If Audi’s new 2019 RS 5 Sport­back were a piece of fur­ni­ture, it would be a Le Cor­bus­ier chair. Long, low and lux­u­ri­ous with lines that flow un­bro­ken down its length, the RS 5 is a rare car that’s as nice to look at as it is to live with. Not only does the rak­ish Sport­back style dis­tin­guish the RS 5 from the riffraff of ba­sic sedans and SUVs, it pro­vides a sur­pris­ingly cav­ernous trunk. In the cabin, ev­ery­thing is about mak­ing life eas­ier: a vir­tual dash­board puts a large 3D map right in front of you, ad­vanced driver-as­sist tech­nol­ogy takes some of the stress out of driv­ing in traf­fic, and the Bang & Olufsen stereo de­liv­ers La Scala-level sound. The seats also have a mas­sage func­tion, which, last time we checked, Le Cor­bus­ier’s didn’t.

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