Welcome to my happy place nd
MONTH 4 AUDI RS5
The obviously good…
Early on it’s the obviously trick stu that impresses; Virtual Cockpit’s map display on the last critical mile or two to a hard-to-ind address, or the way the relevant display on the digital climate display swells in size as its cool aluminium controls sense your approaching digit. But in time, with miles and months, the love blossoms thanks to the less overt but plainly well thought out stu.
Sitting very comfortably
Fundamental ergonomics are all good: adjustability to send the seat DTM-low; a slender, nicely sculpted wheel that feels McLaren-inspired; and an elegant, uncluttered dash that promotes a welcome sense of conident calm. Test drive an RS5 and you’ll like its ludicrous turn of speed and its incredible traction. But should you take the plunge it’ll be the interior you grow to love. BEN MILLER
Techy, expensivefeeling and plush
Planning to take the ight to Audi? Ingolstadt has chinks in its armour but its interiors aren’t one of them. It’s become a cliche, like great pedal weights in Porsches, but cliches can’t grow from dust: and Audi really is the master of the premium cabin. (For now at least; on the new, touchscreen-heavy era, debuted in the new A8, the jury’s still at lunch.)
…and the less obvious but still good
…like the handy o button for the infotainment screen, so that when you’re tired and know where you’re going you can kill its glare. There’s also a user-deined button on the steering wheel that I’ve set to toggle drive modes, letting me optimise the set-up – F1-driver style – on the ly and without looking by casually prodding it with my thumb.