Audi RS3 Sportback – Balanced madness

The letters “RS” has always been associated with Audi’s high prformance cars, like AMG to Mercedes.

The New Audi RS3 has been around a few months already and is here to take on the mighty Mercedes A45 AMG. Oh and don’t forget the hooligan Focus RS as well.

Power:

The Audi produces a staggering 270kW and 465Nm and is not far off the Benz’s 280kW and 475Nm. What makes the Benz brilliant is that it only has a 2-litre 4 cylinder Turbo, the Audi has a 2.5-litre 5 cylinder Turbo and should theoretically make more power than the Benz.

But power is not everything as we all know by now. The Audi is quicker off the mark from 0-100 @ 4.3 seconds, but only just by 0.3 seconds compared to the Merc. This is mainly due to the fact that the Audi is a bit lighter, only by 30kg, but every gram counts.

Audi RS3 Quattro Sportback – Front Quarter
Audi RS3 Quattro Sportback – Side View
Quattro Sportback – Rear Quarter
Audi RS3 Quattro Sportback – Light Alloys

Interior:

Audi still has some of the best interiors of the German carmakers. It has that well known Audi quality feel inside, all the switch gear is in the right place and easy to use. The seats are comfortable and supportive.
The Audi is fitted with most of the “bells and whistles” you can think of. You also have the option to upgrade to the S-Sport seats, but the standard seating is good enough in my opinion.

Quattro Sportback – Interior Front
RS3 Quattro Sportback – iCocpit

Practicality:

What makes the Audi special is the fact that is has a massive amount of power but is still as practical as a normal A3. Not many performance cars in this segment has such a practical layout, with five seats, five doors and a big boot, what more do you need ?

Ride quality and Comfort:

Sports suspensions in general has a reputation for being uncomfortably firm at times and the Audi RS3 can feel a little harsh on uneven roads, but nothing you can’t live with, the suspension needs to be firm as the power needs to be kept on the road. On even roads it feels great. The Quattro all-wheel drive system is also great as always……one of the best systems in the business.

Verdict:

The RS3 is practical and powerful fitted with that awesome Quattro all-wheel drive system we came to love. The RS3 has immense grip so expect a “nice” tyre bill. It is more economical than the previous generation but is still thirsty, which you can expect from a vehicle in this segment.

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Murray Kroucamp

Murray Kroucamp Has a passion for cars and the wonderful world of motoring journalism. Background includes: Regulatory liaison; Customer Experience Executive Complaints Management; Data analyst. Founded the Mazda 2 Owners page on Facebook in 2008. Founded Murray’s Car Reviews (South Africa) on Facebook in 2015 which has around 800 active members. Also started writing car reviews on Linkedin in 2017. Working on turning the hobby into a profession.

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