2020 Audi RS 3
- Nardo edition adds special paint and a higher top speed
- Part of the first RS 3 generation introduced for 2017
Pros & Cons
- Potent acceleration and heaps of traction
- Well-trimmed cabin
- Enough practicality to serve everyday use
- Attractive, easy-to-use infotainment system
- Snug back seat and small cargo area
- Ride quality might be too firm for casual drivers
- Front seats sit too high for tall occupants
- Some driver assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise, are optional
2020 Audi RS 3 Review
The Audi RS 3 is a true pocket rocket. It combines the small body of the regular A3 sedan with a 394-horsepower, 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine. It also comes with a performance suspension, upgraded brakes and, as is typical for a high-performance Audi, standard all-wheel drive. While the styling may be low-key, the distinctive howl from that five-cylinder engine is anything but, and the RS 3 will make its presence known with just a mash of the gas pedal.
Most manufacturers save this kind of performance for much larger cars, but strong competition can be found in the BMW M2 Competition, which offers a similar size and similar thrills. Mercedes-Benz has also just introduced its performance version of its A-Class sedan, the AMG A 35. If you're looking for a bit more practicality than a sports car can offer but still value a compact size with plenty of power, the RS 3 is absolutely a future classic.
Our verdict7.9 / 10
How does it drive?8.5
The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is smooth and quick to answer shift commands from the steering wheel paddles. But sometimes the RS 3 needs a moment to respond to a full throttle request. It often leaves you a step behind where you want to be.
How comfortable is it?7.0
Wind noise is well isolated at most speeds, but road noise ranges from mild to moderate depending on speed and road surface. Dynamic mode opens the exhaust flaps, amplifying the unique voice of the inline-five engine. Our test car's ceramic brakes squealed on occasion under light pressure when slowing to a stop.
How’s the interior?8.0
Entry through either the front or rear doors is shockingly easy thanks to the swept-back door openings. Forward visibility is good thanks to the low door-mounted mirrors, though the top of the windshield might impede visibility for taller drivers. The rear headrests take up about 25% of the rear view and cannot be collapsed out of the way.
How’s the tech?8.0
Our test RS 3 came with parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and a rearview camera. Adaptive cruise control is optional, which is a bit surprising at this price point. Some of our drivers thought the stability control system steps in too aggressively during enthusiastic driving.
How’s the storage?8.0
How economical is it?7.5
Is it a good value?7.5
The main things that make the RS 3 feel a little cheap are the manual seat adjusters and plastic paddle shifters (we'd expect solid-feeling metal shifters for a performance car like this). Otherwise, the rest of the cabin is solidly constructed.
If Audi does one thing well, time and time again, it's understated style. The RS 3 is definitely a sleeper sport sedan.
Which RS 3 does Edmunds recommend?
Audi RS 3 models
The 2020 Audi RS 3 is offered in only one trim with several option packages available as the way to add equipment. The RS 3 comes standard with a 394-horsepower, 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Highlighted features and desirable option packages include:
Every RS 3 comes with:
- LED headlights
- Leather sport seats
- An adaptive suspension
- 14-speaker audio system
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
The optional Dynamic package includes:
- Staggered-width 19-inch wheels
- Sport exhaust
Get the Driver Assistance package if you want:
- Traffic-adaptive cruise control
- Lane keeping assist
- Blind-spot monitoring
The Navigation package adds:
- Digital instrument panel (Virtual Cockpit)
- An integrated navigation system
- Handwriting recognition touchpad
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Our experts’ favorite RS 3 safety features:
- Audi Pre Sense Basic
- Senses when a front collision is imminent. Can tighten the seat belts, power up the windows, and close the sunroof automatically.
- Audi Side Assist
- Alerts you if a car is approaching or lurking in a blind spot and beeps if you signal for a lane change in that direction.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Assist
- Warns you if a car is approaching from the sides when you're backing out of a parking spot.
NHTSA Overall Rating
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
|Frontal Barrier Crash Rating||Rating|
|Side Crash Rating||Rating|
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|Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings||Rating|
|Front Seat||Not Rated|
|Back Seat||Not Rated|
|Rollover||4 / 5|
|Dynamic Test Result||No Tip|
|Risk Of Rollover||10.9%|
Audi RS 3 vs. the competition
Audi RS 3 vs. BMW M2
With robust power and balanced handling, the M2 is a more fluid backroad companion than the RS 3. As a bonus, you can get a manual transmission in the BMW. But its ride quality is pretty stiff, and it lacks the four-door practicality you get with the RS 3.
Audi RS 3 vs. BMW M4
The M4 leans a bit closer to being a true sports car than the RS 3. It's also larger than the Audi but not necessarily more practical. We like the grunt from the M4's turbocharged engine, but the roads need to be perfect to get the most from the chassis. The RS 3 can be pushed harder across a wider array of conditions.
Audi RS 3 vs. Mercedes-Benz A-Class
The new kid in class in the AMG A 35, which is based on Mercedes-Benz's excellent A-Class sedan. It might be down on power and overall performance when compared to the RS 3, but it also costs a lot less and packs a more modern and tech-forward interior than the Audi.
Is the Audi RS 3 a good car?
What's new in the 2020 Audi RS 3?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Audi RS 3:
- Nardo edition adds special paint and a higher top speed
- Part of the first RS 3 generation introduced for 2017
Is the Audi RS 3 reliable?
Is the 2020 Audi RS 3 a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2020 Audi RS 3?
The least-expensive 2020 Audi RS 3 is the 2020 Audi RS 3 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $56,200.
Other versions include:
- quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $56,200
What are the different models of Audi RS 3?
More about the 2020 Audi RS 3
2020 Audi RS 3 Overview
The 2020 Audi RS 3 is offered in the following submodels: RS 3 Sedan. Available styles include quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM).
What do people think of the 2020 Audi RS 3?
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Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
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What's a good price for a New 2020 Audi RS 3?
2020 Audi RS 3 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM)
The 2020 Audi RS 3 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $57,195. The average price paid for a new 2020 Audi RS 3 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $2,060 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2020 Audi RS 3 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM) is 3.6% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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