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2018 Audi RS 3 Pricing

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2018 Audi Rs 3 review

For Audi nerds, the arrival of the RS 3 on U.S. shores is a big deal. This fire-breathing compact sedan has until now been forbidden fruit, with sales limited to overseas markets. The first handful of RS 3s arriving will bear a 2017 model designation and be identical to the 2018 model.

pros

  • Potent acceleration and heaps of traction
  • Well-trimmed cabin
  • Enough practicality to serve everyday use

cons

  • Snug back seat and small cargo area
  • Ride quality might be too firm for casual drivers
Audi RS 3 Sedan MSRP: $54900
Based on the quattro AWD 5-passenger 4-dr Sedan with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG 22
Transmission Automated_manual
Drive Train All Wheel Drive
Displacement 2.5 L
Passenger Volume N/A
Wheelbase N/A
Length N/A
Width N/A
Height N/A
Curb Weight N/A
Audi RS 3 Sedan MSRP: $54900
Based on the quattro AWD 5-passenger 4-dr Sedan with typically equipped options.
  • Upgraded Headlights
  • Leather Seats
  • Alarm
  • Heated seats
  • AWD/4WD
  • Back-up camera
  • Apple Carplay/Android Auto
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Rear Bench Seats
  • Trip Computer
  • USB Inputs
  • Parking sensors
  • Auto Climate Control
  • Aux Audio Inputs
  • Fold Flat Rear Seats
  • Stability Control
  • Bluetooth
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Pre-collision safety system

Full Rs 3 Review

The RS 3 is what happens when you fortify Audi's class-leading A3 entry-level luxury sedan with a 400-horsepower turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Naturally, the brakes and suspension have been upgraded to match, and most of the A3's and S3's optional equipment has been made standard on the RS 3.

It's Audi's answer to the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 and the terrific BMW M2, both potent performers in their own rights. The RS 3 is philosophically much closer to the Benz, with its transverse engine layout and all-wheel drive, while the BMW takes a more classic rear-drive approach. One thing's for sure — this is the kind of rivalry we can get behind.


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what's new for 2018

Although a limited number of Audi RS 3s were sold as 2017 models, 2018 is essentially the first year for the RS 3 in the United States. It's an all-new, high-performance variant of the A3 entry-level compact luxury sedan.


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Available in only one trim level, the 2018 Audi RS 3 shifts your decision-making to the options list. Go for the Dynamic package, which will push the playfulness quotient and performance ceiling higher. We also like the Technology package for its connectivity features and Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster. Skip the Dynamic Plus package if you value a forgiving ride quality.


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trim levels & features

The 2018 Audi RS 3 is a high-performance variant of the A3 and S3 sedans. It is available in a single trim level and is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine (400 hp, 354 lb-ft). A seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels.

Standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires, automatic LED headlights, heated and power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, adaptive suspension dampers, selectable drive modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, leather upholstery, heated eight-way manual sport seats with power lumbar adjustment, and 40/20/40-split folding rear seats. Electronic features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a rearview camera, and a 10-speaker audio system with HD and satellite radio and a USB port.

Most of the RS 3's options are offered in packages. The Technology package includes a Wi-Fi hotspot, smartphone vehicle monitoring and control, navigation, an expanded digital instrument cluster display (Virtual Cockpit) and a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system. There's also the Dynamic package (wider front wheels and tires, a sport exhaust and red brake calipers) and the Dynamic Plus package (a higher top speed, a carbon-fiber engine cover, individual tire pressure monitors, front ceramic brake rotors and a fixed sport suspension). Driver assistance features are bundled into a package, and there are two more packages that largely consist of cosmetic items.

Stand-alone options are limited to carbon-fiber interior trim, rear-seat side airbags and premium vinyl-covered armrests and kneepads.


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trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

driving

Track numbers are one thing, but in the real world the RS 3's 400 hp and all-wheel drive promise to make it a point-to-point standout.

comfort

The suspension tuning is firmer than even the S3's, so don't expect the RS 3's ride comfort to be smooth. But the supportive seats and well-crafted touch points will make long drives more pleasant.

interior

With good visibility and decent headroom, the cabin is as functional as it is attractive. The front seats' standard extendable thigh support is a welcome touch.

utility

The trunk is small but the 40/20/40-split rear seat can be folded down to carry long items such as golf bags.

technology

There's an awful lot of technology features in the RS 3, but they're not cumbersome to use. The rising center infotainment screen is an entertaining touch, and the optional, expanded Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster is terrific.


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