Top Gear tests Audi RS3 Sportback

There’s much being said about the brand-new Audi RS3 Sedan at the moment. Deservedly so, as it’s the first RS3 to ever be offered in North America. So fans are excited about it. It’s also the first RS3 Sedan, period, as all others have been hatchbacks. However, in the wake of the excitement that has been the RS3 Sedan, we seemingly forgot that Audi also updated the RS3 Sportback for the rest of the world. And it’s obviously better.

As exciting as the new RS3 Sedan is, it’s an appeasement prize for us Americans. The Sportback is the one to have, as it’s the better all-around car and has been given the same updates and equipment as the Sedan. So its engine is the all-new, all-aluminum 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. When paired with its dual-clutch gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive, it can get from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds. It’s seriously, properly quick.

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In terms of chassis and dynamics, it’s about the same as the Sedan. So it’s got tons of grip, even in a few inches of water according to Top Gear, and almost unstoppable on public roads, in any condition. But, unlike the previous, pre-facelift RS3, its ride is actually quite good. Even without magnetic suspension, TG claims that the ride is quite pleasant. With the optional magnetic ride, it would be genuinely comfortable.

On the inside, the RS3 Sportback is just as premium and special feeling as the Sedan. With quilted leather seats, a nice combination of leather and Alcantara and some seriously good technology, the RS3 is a lovely place to sit. Inside is also where the RS3 Sportback separates itself from the Sedan. With its hatchback trunk, it’s far more capable of swallowing luggage, baby gear or any other sort of large items that would be too large for a typical trunk. I, personally, think it looks better, too.

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Don’t get me wrong, we’re happy we get the Audi RS3 Sedan in America. It’s an awesome car that combines blistering performance with everyday driving capability, in any kind of weather. It’s a sports car that can be used every day and it has one of the absolute best engines in the world. I’m just saying that if it was a hatchback, it’d be better.

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.