Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
With close to 400bhp, the Audi RS3 is stretching the very definition of a ‘hot hatch’ to its limits, and you might say the same thing about its price tag. It costs much more than the similarly posh but far slower Mercedes-AMG A35, but does undercut the BMW M2. Factor in the cost of carbon ceramic brakes and the optional adaptive dampers, and you’re looking at an A3 that’s not far off the cost of a BMW M4.
Unsurprisingly, fuelling, taxing, servicing and insuring it will cost more than if you went for one of the lesser models in the A3 range, too. At 194g/km the RS3 sits in the highest BIK company car tax bracket while its official fuel economy of 33.2mpg will seem like a distant dream if you start to enjoy yourself.