Audi RS3 RS 3 TFSI Quattro Carbon Black 5dr S Tronic [C+S] Review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP£56,745
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.

We reckon Carbon Black trim makes the most sense. It adds a sports exhaust but also more aggressive looks and more advanced LED headlights over the entry-level car. You’ll still want to stump up for adaptive suspension and potentially the Comfort and Sound Pack, but this is cheaper than going for range-topping Vorsprung trim.

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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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH3.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO

Available colours

MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

31

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

282

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

206

g/km

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