The modelRead full review
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.
The trimSee full equipment
We’d avoid the entry-level RS3 because it misses some important features, including the RS sports exhaust, and will be less desirable on the used market in years to come. If you do choose this trim, make sure you add at least adaptive suspension and the RS sports exhaust.
The engineSee full engine specs
The latest RS3 uses the same basic 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine as its predecessors – and that’s great news because it’s an absolute cracker. Its maximum 394bhp isn’t quite a match for the Mercedes A45 AMG, but it’s still a huge amount for a car of this size and delivers true performance-car pace.
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