Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

If you’re someone who thinks hot hatches should be about cheap thrills, the Audi RS3 isn’t for you. It starts at more than twice the price of an entry-level Audi A3 and you can spend a lot more than that if you go for range-topping Vorsprung trim or add a few options.

Then again, it’s priced roughly in line with its main rival, the Mercedes AMG A45 – and offers pretty much the same performance as the larger and more expensive Audi RS4 and BMW M3.

Overview

A proper performance car in a hatchback (or saloon) body. Staggering performance and grip, and the five-cylinder engine sounds wonderful. It isn’t cheap and some rivals are more playful through the corners, but otherwise tough to fault.

  • Bonkers acceleration
  • Sounds fantastic
  • Remarkably comfortable with adaptive suspension fitted
  • Expensive to buy
  • Some rivals are even more agile through the corners
  • Limited interior options for UK buyers