Audi RS3 review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Audi RS3 2017 front tracking shot
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  • Audi RS3 RHD dashboard detail
  • Audi RS3 RHD distant front tracking
  • Audi RS3 RHD distant rear static
  • Audi RS3 RHD headlamp detail
  • Audi RS3 RHD offside front wheel detail
  • Audi RS3 RHD boot open
  • Audi RS3 2017 front tracking shot
  • Audi RS3
  • Audi RS3
  • Audi RS3
  • Audi RS3 RHD dashboard detail
  • Audi RS3 RHD distant front tracking
  • Audi RS3 RHD distant rear static
  • Audi RS3 RHD headlamp detail
  • Audi RS3 RHD offside front wheel detail
  • Audi RS3 RHD boot open
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Introduction

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.

At a glance
New car deals
Target Price from £50,900
or from £548pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Used car deals
From £30,995
Leasing deals
From £522pm
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
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £3,663 / £4,237
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £7,326 / £8,473
Available colours