Audi RS3 Sportback 2017 review verdict and specs

A new Audi RS3 has arrived. It's faster and promises better handling than before, but does it make a more convincing case for itself next to the cheaper VW Golf R and scintillating BMW M140i?

Words By Neil Winn

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Should I buy one?

Audi’s new RS3 is a genuinely talented car, with incredible all-weather performance, a class-leading interior and a truly brilliant infotainment system. It also makes a stonking noise when you drive it hard, yet is comfortable enough to make it a practical every day runaround.

And yet, it starts to fall apart when you consider its price. Official number have yet to be announced, but insiders reckon that this Sportback could cost as much as Β£45,000 – a mighty amount of money, considering that the outgoing car started at less than Β£40k.

Will that be enough to put the public off buying one? Probably not. But, if we had the choice, we’d save the better part of Β£13,000 and buy a BMW M140i – a car that is ultimately more involving, cheaper to run and equally practical.

What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5

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BMW M140i

Volkswagen Golf R

Audi RS3

Engine size 2.5-litre turbo petrol

Price TBC

Power 394bhp

Torque 354lb ft

0-62mph 4.1sec

Top speed 155mph (optionally 174mph)

Gov't economy (official combined) 34.0mpg

CO2/BIK band 188g/km, 34%

On sale Summer 2017

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