New Audi RS3 Sportback vs Mercedes-AMG A45
With 395bhp and a £45k price, the new Audi RS3 is the heavy hitter of the hot hatch class. Only the Mercedes-AMG A45 can stand in its way...
Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) shows how an infotainment system should be done. The rotary dial between the front seats that controls it has a touchpad on top that recognises your handwriting and allows you to input sat-nav addresses quickly and accurately. The fact that the display (which lowers itself into the dash when it isn’t required) is positioned close to your line of sight means you don’t need to divert your eyes far from the road.
Like the RS3, the A45’s infotainment system is controlled using a rotary dial. However, the menus are rather confusing to navigate; there are several layers to negotiate and lots of long sub-menus. However, the optional Comand Online system (£995), with its 8.0in screen, is an improvement over the standard 7.0in Garmin-powered unit. A brilliant Harman Kardon surround sound system is part of the £1895 optional Premium Package.