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Car of the Year Awards 2022: Best performance car for value

First and foremost, a great performance car is entertaining and involving to drive, but unlike pure sports cars, they also have to be practical and comfortable enough to use every day...

Best performance car for value

Audi RS3 Saloon Carbon Black

Car of the Year 2022 - MotorEasy

When everything has gone electric, there are some engines we’re going to mourn the loss of more than others, and the Audi RS3 Saloon’s turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine sits right at the top of that list.

Not only does it sound glorious (especially with the Carbon Black’s sports exhaust) but it also packs a killer punch, sprinting from 0-62mph in a staggering 3.8sec – a feat it can pretty much replicate even in wet conditions. A rear-wheel-drive BMW M3 wouldn’t see which way it went.

Audi RS3 Sportback 2022 dashboard

Compared with its predecessor, the latest RS3 is far more agile and playful in bends, thanks to Audi’s new ‘torque splitter’ rear differential – a system that allows 100% of the drive to be sent to either rear wheel. Combined with its compact dimensions, class-leading refinement and impressive levels of practicality, this near-£60,000 performance saloon feels like great value for money.

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