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 £45,000 – a mighty amount of money, considering that the outgoing car started at less than £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 £13,000 and buy a BMW M140i – a car that is ultimately more involving, cheaper to run and equally practical.
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Engine size 2.5-litre turbo petrol
Torque 354lb ft
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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