The interior layout, fit and finish
The regular Audi A3 is impressive enough inside, thanks to lots of soft-touch plastics, well-damped switches and beautiful chrome accents – and you get more of the same in the RS3. The minimalist design is head and shoulders above the Honda Civic Type R and even hot versions of the Mercedes A-Class.
True, some people might find the predominantly dark grey ambience a little too restrained, but there are enough bespoke touches to highlight that you’ve forked out for an RS model. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is a lovely thing to hold, embossed RS logos on the Nappa leather seats add a touch of class and you get Audi’s Virtual Cockpit – a digital display that sits behind the steering wheel in place of conventional instrument dials – as standard.
If that’s not enough, you can add a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, diamond-quilted Super Sports seats and a wireless smartphone charger for compatible devices.
The Up GTI is the best budget hot hatch you can buy
The Abarth 595 is startlingly quick and wonderfully stylish, b...
The Suzuki Swift Sport is well equipped and fun to drive, but...
Without upping your budget considerabl...