Audi RS3 review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

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  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 boot open
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 front cornering
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 rear cornering
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 interior dashboard
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 interior rear seats
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 interior infotainment
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 right tracking
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 front cornering
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 rear left tracking
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 front right static
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 rear left static
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 right static
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 headlights detail
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 rear lights detail
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 nose detail
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 mirror detail
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 interior front seats
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 interior detail
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Audi RS3 Saloon 2022 boot open
What Car?’s RS3 deals
New car deals
Target Price from £53,830
or from £607pm
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Nearly new deals
From £57,000
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From £609pm

Introduction

What Car? says...

There’s been an arms race in the hot hatch world for the past decade or so – and it was started by the Audi RS3

You see, once upon a time hot hatches were essentially regular family hatchbacks 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 a mighty five-cylinder engine with 340bhp; it had four-wheel drive; and it could accelerate quicker than many proper performance cars.

But it isn’t all about straight-line speed: the latest RS3 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 the ultimate hot hatch in more ways than just performance, so click through to the next page to get started.

When you’ve decided which hot hatch is right for you, head over to our What Car? New Car Buying service to find out how much you could save on the brochure price without any showroom haggling.

At a glance
New car deals
Target Price from £53,830
or from £607pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £57,000
Leasing deals
From £609pm
RRP price range £53,830 - £61,080
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) £3,880 / £4,416
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £7,760 / £8,833
Available colours