Audi Sport’s smallest car is probably the most exciting one it sells in America — the Audi RS3 Sedan. We don’t get all of Audi Sport’s products here in the ‘States, with only the RS5 Coupe and Sportback, TT RS, RS7 and the R8, on top of the aforementioned RS3. We miss out on the RS3 Sportback, RS4 Avant and RS6 Avant, the best three in the brand’s lineup, to be honest. But of the cars we get in America, the RS3 is likely the most exciting, thanks to its angry engine, pugnacious looks and affordable price. Doug DeMuro recently reviewed the RS3 Sedan and came away with a similar conclusion.
DeMuro’s first car was a B5-generation Audi A4, the very first A4 of all time, and he was a big fan. It was a small, fun and nimble car to drive. Now, that the Audi A4 is significantly larger than that old B5-gen car, so DeMuro pines for a smaller Audi. And the RS3 fits the bill. It’s small enough to shoot gaps in traffic and is easy to park in cramped cities, as he says in his newest video. We agree, the Audi RS3 Sedan is the right size. Funnily enough, my first car ever was an E36 BMW 3 Series, the B5 Audi A4’s main rival, so I, too, miss the days of properly sized sport sedans.
But it’s not just it’s size that he likes. It’s also all of the impressive tech on the inside, which he walks us through in the video. Now we’ve all seen Audi’s Virtual Cockpit before, and its MMI system, and we’re huge fans of it. In fact, the systems in the RS3 are the older units, as the new Audi A8, A7 and A6 all have the updated versions of both. Still, it’s always impressive to see, especially in such a small car. The Audi RS3’s tech is far beyond what you’ll get in any of its rivals, such as the BMW M2 and Mercedes-AMG CLA45.
What’s good about this video, though, are the “quirks and features” that DeMuro famously points out, things we wouldn’t normally know without testing the car. For instance, the sunroof can be opened but with the shade closed, so you can get the fresh air and sound of the exhaust without it getting too bright or too loud. This is actually something that I would personally love, as whenever I drive with the sunroof open, sun can come in at such an angle on my Ray-Bans that it blinds me from above, but I love keeping the sunroof open. So this is a perfect solution.
And then there’s the immense power and performance of the RS3. Thanks to its 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-five, it makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. When paired with its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive, it can get from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. That’s seriously fast and blows its competition away.
All in all, DeMuro claims that the Audi RS3 is his favorite Audi on sale and it’s hard to argue with that. It’s the right size, has all the performance one could ever actually use on the road, is packed with great tech and is actually affordable to own. What’s not to love?