Used Audi A3 RS3 Sportback (2011 - 2012) Review

Review by Simon McBride on
4.5
The RS division at Audi decided it was time to make the ultimate A3 and has created a rival good enough to challenge the BMW 1-Series M Coupe and even the bigger Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. It boasts 335bhp, but what’s impressive is that all this power is kept under control.
Audi A3 RS3 Sportback (11-12)
Tons of grips, impressive amounts of power, practical five-door layout
Steering is too light, difficult to buy due to limited production numbers

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£39,350

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£11,152 - £17,400

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

The RS division at Audi decided it was time to make the ultimate A3 and has created a rival good enough to challenge the BMW 1-Series M Coupe and even the bigger Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. It boasts 335bhp, but what’s impressive is that all this power is kept under control. The traction is impeccable and you won’t feel the car squirming on the road. It is superb at getting the power down and it can cover ground very quickly.

Performance isn’t this car's singular talent though, and the ultimate version of the A3 Sportback is also practical with its five-door bodystyle that will suit your everyday needs. Is the RS3 Sportback good enough to take on the BMW 1M Coupe? Read on to find out how the latest RS model from Audi fares…

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

5 out of 5

Equipment

5 out of 5

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