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 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 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 AMG A45, but it’s still a huge amount for a car of this size and delivers true performance-car pace.
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