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2022 Audi RS3 review

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Pros

  • Absurd power and performance for the size
  • Excellent grip and stability through turns and corners
  • Comfortable front seats and ride relative to performance

Cons

  • Small back seat
  • Tiny trunk

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 29 highway, 23 combined

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The 2022 Audi RS 3 delivers mind-bending performance in an exclusive class

We’ve got to hand it to Audi for staying in the small sedan game given the ubiquity of small luxury SUVs. The 2022 Audi RS 3 is the first year of a new generation based on the redesigned A3 sedan. It’s a little longer and wider than before, wears a striking honeycomb grille up front, and gets a little more low-end punch from its engine.

Audi focused more on the RS 3’s handling this time around, introducing components to help the all-wheel-drive hellraiser feel a bit more like a rear-wheel-drive car. There’s also a nifty feature to change the exhaust tone. The RS 3 is part of an exclusive class of small high-performance sedans—so exclusive that its only direct rival is the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45, which isn’t nearly as optimized for track detail. Beyond that, you'd need to consider a coupe like the BMW M2 Series.

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Base:

  • 401-hp, 368-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Cruise Control
  • Rear Defroster
  • Power Seats
  • Traction Control
  • Rear View Camera
  • Memory Seats
  • Adjustable Suspension
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What We Like

Performance: The RS 3’s five-cylinder engine delivers stunning performance and, with an extra cylinder compared to the A3 and S3, a unique sound. With 401 hp, the RS 3 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, and its five-cylinder engine makes it a bit of an automotive unicorn today. The all-wheel-drive system means the RS 3 is never short on traction.

Interior: We’re fans of the A3 and S3 interiors, and fundamentally the RS 3 interior is no different. Some of the materials are a little nicer — a suede-wrapped panel there, a carbon-fiber door inlay there — but the core design is classy and ergonomic, with crisp lines and edges. A stubby lever replaces the traditional gear shifter and takes some getting used to, but the RS 3 retains its excellent outward visibility. The RS-specific sport seats are comfortable and supportive and surprisingly easy to get in and out of.

Technology: The RS 3’s infotainment system works well and is easy to navigate. A 10.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen, housed in the center of the dash and angled slightly toward the driver, is a nice upgrade from the previous pop-up display. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ can connect wirelessly, and a wireless charging pad comes standard. The previous RS 3 kept some common driver aids restricted to expensive packages, but the 2022 model has most of them standard, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, and lane keeping assistance.

What Needs Improvement

Roominess: The 2022 RS 3 faces the same spatial challenges as the generation before it, namely a cramped back seat and, surprisingly, an even tinier trunk. Despite the RS 3 being about 1.5 inches longer overall than the previous generation, the trunk holds a meager 8.3 cubic feet, almost 2 cubic feet less. There’s no appreciable increase in legroom in either the front or back seats. Fold-down rear seats at least offer some versatility for long items, assuming you don’t have passengers back there.

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Audi RS3 features and specs

Base 4WD/AWD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size

2.5L

Horsepower

401

Torque (ft-lbs)

368

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

14.5

Wheelbase

103.6"

Overall length

178.8"

Width

73.2"

Height

55.2"

Leg room

F 41.2"/R 35.1"

Head room

F 36.5"/R 36.1"

Front tires

P245/35YR19

Rear tires

P245/35YR19

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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