What Car? says...
In an effort to remain at the pointy end of the hot hatch horsepower pyramid, two German firms have been locked in an intense battle of numbers for more than half a decade. First, the Audi RS3 took the honour of being the most powerful hot hatchback when it was launched back in 2011, only for it to be edged out by the monstrous 355bhp Mercedes-AMG A45 just two years later.
Audi’s response was to increase power to a whopping 394bhp from its TT RS-sourced engine. Not only is it bigger in capacity than most modern hot hatch powerplants, it has an extra cylinder, too. Although it makes the engine smoother whilst remaining compact, the main upshot of the five-cylinder layout is a distinctive soundtrack that’s reminiscent of the far pricer Audi R8.
|RRP price range||£50,900 - £58,650|
|Number of trims (see all)||4|
|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|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£3,663 / £4,237|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£7,326 / £8,473|