VIDEO: How’s the Audi RS3 Sportback After an Extended Test Drive?

It’s easy for a car like the Audi RS3 Sportback to make a good first impression. With a raucous engine note, surprisingly potent performance, and a hilarious drift mode, the RS3 is the most hooligan-like Audi maybe ever. So it’s not hard to see why it might charm newcomers. But after a while, does that charm fade away? Can it keep impressing as the miles pile on? In this new video from Joe Achilles, we get to find out.


Achilles spent 1,500 miles in the new Audi RS3 Sportback, which is likely the most anyone outside of Audi has spent in it yet. During that time, Achilles was able to really test it out on British roads, which are famously a bit rougher than roads you’ll find in Germany, the home of the RS3. On those rough roads, Achilles seemed impressed with its ride quality, claiming to float over bumps better than his BMW M3, while also handling well.

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One important note, Achilles’ first drive of the RS3 a few weeks back came in the snow-capped Alps, which meant riding on winter tires. During his 1,500 miles in the RS3, he actually swapped out its winter tires for Pirelli P Zero summer tires (an oddity during winter) and claimed that its front end bit and handling felt immediately better with the Pirellis.


Overall, Achilles seems impressed with the Audi RS3 Sportback, claiming it to be an excellent overall package. It is expensive, there’s no denying that. However, there isn’t much else at its price point that can offer the same amount of performance, practicality, and excitement. While the next-gen BMW M2 is yet to arrive, it’s likely going to be rear-wheel drive only, which would make it less useful as a whole. If you want something that can be your daily driver but also be your sports car, and one that you can use all year long, it’s hard to beat the RS3.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.