There are few things more thrilling than a small car with a big engine, and that's the combination delivered by the Audi RS 3. This compact sport sedan is the high-performance variant of Audi's A3 and S3 models.
With its clean lines and purposeful stance, the Audi RS 3 boasts sheet metal that clearly marks it as part of the A3 family. Its exterior has a slightly more aggressive edge than that of the A3, thanks to elements such as a body-colored rear spoiler lip and unique twin oval exhaust pipes. A robust 400-horsepower engine provides the RS 3 with the muscle it needs to deliver visceral performance, and the car's cabin boasts a premium look and ample feature content.
Keep in mind that with a trunk that measures a mere 10 cubic feet, cargo space in the RS 3 is on the small side. But if this is a shortcoming you can live with, you'll find that the Audi RS 3 is expertly qualified to deliver performance and luxury.
Current Audi RS 3
The Audi RS 3 is a small premium high-performance sedan, and it's sold in a single, well-appointed trim. All models come with 19-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, rain-sensing wipers, heated power-adjustable side mirrors with auto-dimming capability, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, keyless entry and ignition, and Bluetooth connectivity. The list of available features includes navigation and a Bang & Olufsen sound system, along with driver-assist technology such as adaptive cruise control and active lane assist.
The RS 3 gets its formidable mojo from a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine good for 400 hp and 354 pound-feet of torque. Gears are shifted by a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, and standard all-wheel drive makes the RS 3 a dependable companion when your travels take you through rain or snow. Audi says that this sport sedan can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
Based on time spent driving vehicles that are part of the RS 3's immediate family, we know that this sedan's cabin has an expensive look and feel. On a less positive note, the RS 3's second row presents a cramped environment, and adults seated there will find themselves starved for legroom. The sedan also provides meager cargo capacity, with a trunk area that isn't big enough for anything more than a couple of small suitcases.
Used Audi RS 3 Models
Audi introduced the RS 3 for the 2017 model year, and the sedan is still in its first generation.
Read the most recent 2018 Audi RS 3 review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Audi RS 3 page.