Used test: Audi RS3 Sportback vs Mercedes-AMG A45

Hot hatches don't come more fast and furious than the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45, but which one makes the most sense at two years old? We've got the answer...

Audi RS3 vs Mercedes-AMG A45

Our Verdict

Ferociously fast, temptingly luxurious, reasonably practical and secure in all conditions, the RS3 has a lot going for it. That it has depreciated so little in the two years since it was first sold indicates strong residual values, but if you are spending this sort of money you will want a car that’s truly engaging to drive, and despite the great efforts Audi’s team has gone to with this car the RS3 still places unflappable performance ahead of flamboyant fun.

The A45, on the other hand, feels like a wonderfully well-engineered machine, with incisive steering and an intrinsic balance that gives you the confidence to push it hard. Yes, the RS3 has a more exotic, charismatic engine, but if you want a grin-inducing driving experience rather than just the quickest hot hatch you can buy, the A45 is the better choice. It’s also usefully cheaper to buy in the first place, which seals the deal for us.

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1st – Mercedes-AMG A45

Mercedes-AMG A45 front

For Entertaining, incisive handling; sportier driving position; more compliant ride

Against Poor infotainment; cheap-feeling interior; so-so practicality

What Car? rating 4 out of 5 stars

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2nd – Audi RS3 Sportback

Audi RS3 front

For Bonkers performance; engine note; classy interior; slower depreciation

Against Straight-laced dynamics; grabby ceramic brakes; firmer ride; pricier to buy

What Car? rating 4 out of 5 stars

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Specifications: Audi RS3 Sportback

  • Engine size 2.5-litre petrol
  • Power 395bhp
  • Torque 354lb ft
  • 0-60mph 3.9sec
  • Top speed 174mph
  • Fuel economy 34.0mpg (Official average)
  • CO2 emissions 189g/km

Specifications: Mercedes-AMG A45 

  • Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
  • Power 376bhp
  • Torque 350lb ft
  • 0-60mph 4.4sec
  • Top speed 155mph
  • Fuel economy 40.9mpg (Official average)
  • CO2 emissions 162g/km

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