My full in-depth review and first drive of the 2018 Audi RS3 sports sedan! Can it compete against cars like the BMW M3 and Cadillac CTS-V?

The Audi RS3 engine is a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 cylinder, which produces 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. The unique cylinder firing order gives it a really cool engine exhaust sound, and the 7-speed DCT and torque-variable AWD give it a really cool driving feel. 0-60 is in just 3.9 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 (or 174) mph.

This Audi RS3 is finished in Nardo Grey with the optional Black Optic package. It's a very simple, clean design that doesn't draw too much attention to itself. It features LED headlights, the Audi RS singleframe grille, 19-inch rims, and RS-specific oval exhaust. It's not quite as aggressive-looking as the M3 or CTS-V, but still has a nice style.

The Audi RS3 interior is luxurious, with high-quality leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber accents. The seats can be adjusted in 12 different ways, and have diamond stitching and an embroidered RS logo. This car has the optional MMI touchpad that can control the 7-inch infotainment screen, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.

During my (brief) drive in the RS3, I noticed that the steering feels tight, the suspension is pretty stiff, and the acceleration is spot-on. While not as fun as my (also brief) ride in the BMW M3, it can still totally compete performance-wise.



    • Sirpalmtree

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      about 1 year ago
    • C11ENBO

      This is really fast considering!! Thanks for showing us the car!!

      about 1 month ago
    • Scott L
      Scott L

      Yup, the unfortunate part of this review is the little bit of rain. How did it affect the drive around the parking lot at 3mph in a 4 wheel drive?

      about 1 month ago
    • waste77

      what mpg do you get in the rs3

      about 2 months ago
    • Sirpalmtree
      Sirpalmtree In reply to waste77

      The EPA Estimate is 22 combined mpg

      about 2 months ago
    • Orlando Francovich
      Orlando Francovich

      Yes. Period.

      about 3 months ago
    • samreed50

      Thanks for input. Pick mine up in 2 days. Unfortunately had to sacrifice my beloved non turbo Cayman. Kind of like going from Halle Berry to Ana de Armas as a girlfriend. Painful and awesome at the same time.

      about 3 months ago
    • Ray Be kind to others, it goes a long way
      Ray Be kind to others, it goes a long way

      Haha!! Pretty fast around the parking lot. Just kidding, great explanation of the car.

      about 6 months ago
    • MA AS
      MA AS

      this is the best bang for buck sports sedan in the price bracket, until Mercedes releases the new a45

      about 7 months ago
    • tsifty1

      The acceleration is right there, lol I walk faster then your test

      about 7 months ago
    • Stephen Salyer
      Stephen Salyer

      LOL at his review during driving around parking lot.

      about 9 months ago
    • Alpha V
      Alpha V

      Your so biased.

      about 11 months ago
    • Sirpalmtree
      Sirpalmtree In reply to Alpha V

      How so?

      about 11 months ago
    • Kieran

      Nice video my neighbor has this car and I like it too

      about 11 months ago
    • Brendan's World
      Brendan's World

      Great test drive tosser

      about 11 months ago
    • mco119jj

      "It's actually pretty fast, considering...". Ha, considering what? That it's a 400 horsepower sedan that can do 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds? Faster than nearly all small performance sedans out there? Yes, considering that it is quite fast :-)

      I'm mostly just giving you a hard time though, man. Good review overall, and I hope you keep it up. The RS3 is a beautiful car and has few peers at its price point.

      about 1 year ago
    • Sirpalmtree
      Sirpalmtree In reply to mco119jj

      Considering that I was just in comfort mode in a parking lot is what I meant :)

      about 1 year ago
    • Covek

      Nice, I have the same spec ordered. will be receiving mine in less than 2 weeks!

      about 1 year ago
    • Covek
      Covek In reply to Covek

      Thanks, too bad you didn't get to take it out for a test drive on video. drop it in dynamic mode and here that lovely 5 cylinder roar :D

      about 1 year ago
    • Sirpalmtree
      Sirpalmtree In reply to Covek

      Congrats! It's a pretty special car

      about 1 year ago
    • - HighLyne -
      - HighLyne -

      Triggered I can’t buy this

      about 1 year ago
    • Sirpalmtree
      Sirpalmtree In reply to - HighLyne -

      I think we all are! It's a great car.

      about 1 year ago