Audi RS3 review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Audi RS3 2022 front cornering
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  • Audi RS3 2022 interior infotainment
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  • Audi RS3 2022 left static boot open
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  • Audi RS3 2022 interior front seats
  • Audi RS3 2022 interior detail
  • Audi RS3 2022 boot open
  • Audi RS3 2022 front cornering
  • Audi RS3 2022 rear cornering
  • Audi RS3 2022 interior dashboard
  • Audi RS3 2022 interior rear seats
  • Audi RS3 2022 interior infotainment
  • Audi RS3 2022 right tracking
  • Audi RS3 2022 right tracking
  • Audi RS3 2022 left static boot open
  • Audi RS3 2022 headlight detail
  • Audi RS3 2022 badge detail
  • Audi RS3 2022 interior front seats
  • Audi RS3 2022 interior detail
  • Audi RS3 2022 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

There’s been an arms race in the world of hot hatches for the past decade or so – and it was started by the Audi RS3. You see, once upon a time, hot hatchbacks were essentially regular family cars with a bit more power and stiffer suspension.

The original RS3 may have looked like a dolled-up Audi A3 but underneath it was very different. It had four-wheel drive, a mighty five-cylinder engine with 340bhp and could accelerate quicker than many proper performance cars.

It's not all about straight-line speed, though. The latest RS3 also has better brakes than its predecessors along with clever new ‘torque splitter’ technology to make it feel a bit more agile and fun. It’s available as a hatchback (Sportback in Audi speak) or, for a small premium, in saloon form.

In this review, we’ll be finding out whether the Audi RS3 is one of the best hot hatches you can buy in more ways than just performance. Read on over the next few pages to find out how it stack up for practicality, running costs and more.

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At a glance
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Save up to £747
Target Price from £53,999
Save up to £747
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RRP price range £54,655 - £61,905
Number of trims (see all)3
Number of engines (see all)1
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 31 - 31.4
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £3,935 / £4,472
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £7,871 / £8,944
Available colours