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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|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|