Audi RS3

4/5
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Verdict

The Audi RS3 is in competition with the like of the Ford Focus RS, the Golf R and other such hot hatches. This is a car that loves its straights and it certainly delivers on power. Irish punters can only choose from two automatic versions, the S-Tronic Quattro and the S-Tronic Quattro.

Performance

Getting from 0-100km/h is done in super-quick time. All it takes is 4.3 seconds and this is because of the 367 bhp 2.5 litre TFSI engine that pushes it along. The seven-speed automatic S-Tronic gearbox is seamless going through its paces and the all-wheel drive system delivers its torque wonderfully.

Ride & Handling

On straights, the RS3 will plant you to the back of your seat. It comes with a selection of driving mode that that change the feel of your drive. On twisty roads it doesn’t leave you feeling as confident as you would be in the likes of the Golf R or even the BMW M135i and going over our potholes can certainly be felt. While the handling is excellent, there can be some understeer on corners. However, the car does feel grounded and there is good grip.

Refinement

Once again, it’s difficult to say that an Audi is not refined. You definitely hear all of the noises that you want to hear in an RS3. The refinement can also be seen in the exterior of the RS3, it looks like the A3, but with a sportier look. It’s all done very subtly – which is something that Audi is excellent at. It has the honeycomb grille and more aggressive wheel arches, but it still manages to hold its classiness.

Quality & Reliability

Audi build an excellent interior. While some of their cars may look a bit bland on the inside, everything is of top grade quality. The RS3 appears sportier inside. Under the bonnet, you can expect your engines to be excellent too and despite diesel gate associations with Volkswagen engines, they do still make brilliant engines, and the RS3 offering is no different.

Safety & Security

The Audi A3 scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP. This vehicle is packed with assistance systems. Apart from the performance features, it would share plenty with the A3 proper such as radar controlled cruise control, lane assist, hill hold and a pre-sense system which can indicate and prepare the car for a crash before it happens.

Space & Practicality

There is good space in both the first and second rows of the RS3. It offers boot space of 280 litres though – which means that this is perhaps not the most practical of family cars… no surprise there though, this is an RS3 after all!

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Key Facts

Make

Audi

Model
RS3
Variant
RS3 2.5TFSI S TRONIC QUATTRO
Car Category
Performance Cars
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
2.5
Gearbox Type
Automatic
Gears
7 speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Sportback
Price New
€65,900
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€750
Tax Band
E
L/100km Combined
8.1
Average km/L
12.3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
55
Fuel Tank Range
679 km
Cost of filling a tank
€72.27
Average Cost Per 200 km
€21.29
CO2 emmissions
189 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
367 bhp
Max Power kW
274
Displacement - CC (Engine)
2480
Engine Cylinders
5
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
250 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
4.3 s
L/100km Urban
11.20 L
L/100km Extra Urban
6.30 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Sportback
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
380 L
Air Conditioning
Manual air conditioning
Automatic Parking
Available
Bluetooth
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
High Adjustable Seats
Parking Sensors
Front and Rear Parking Sensors
Power Steering
Electromechanical power steering
Rear Cup Holders
Available with 40:20:40 rear seat bench
Reversing Camera
Available from €575
USB Connectivity
MMI

Warranty

All Components
3 Year manufacturer's warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year manufacturer's warranty
Car Body
12 Year body protection warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
90000
Roadside Assistance
2 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Electromechanical parking brake

Interior Comfort

Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Split-folding rear seats
Front Cup Holders
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
380 L
Wheels
All wheel drive (4x4)
Tyre size front
235/35 R19 mm
Tyre size back
235/35 R19 mm
Rim size
8 J x 19 mm
Length
4343 mm
Width
1800 mm
Height
1411 mm
Wheel Base
2631 mm
Front Track (mm)
1411
Rear Track (mm)
1514
Kerb weight
1520 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2020
Turning circle (m)
10.9

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Ventilated discs
Steering
Steering rack
Power
367 bhp
2 Variants
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Sportback
€65,900
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €750
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 2.5 L
  • Power 367 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.3 s
  • New Price €65,900
Sportback
€69,430
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €750
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 2.5 L
  • Power 367 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.3 s
  • New Price €69,430