The Audi RS3 is the on the highest end of the Audi A3 family.

It’s the most powerful, sporty stylish and best looking car in the range. As soon as see the “RS” badge placed upon an Audi, it’s easy to assume just how great the car is.

We take a look at what we think are the car’s best points.

Power and Performance

The car is able to produce a staggering 340 BHP. Thanks to its turbocharged five cylinder 2.5 RS engine, the car is able to reach 0 – 62 MPH in just 4.6 seconds, which quite a super quick time that puts the hatchback on par with some supercars. It also ensures that the car is faster than rivals such as the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the Subaru WRX STI.

The seven speed S Tronic gearbox suits the car perfectly. It is semi automatic which allows manual gear changing too, a feature which brings out the excitement into such powerful cars.  The sport button unleashes the car’s full potential of the car, bringing plenty of excitement within. It’s a great feature for those who like to feel engaged into the drive.

The car’s agility on the road is quite superb. The cost may be high but it beats many other top level sports cars in terms of performance, offering the fun factor and offering sheer speed which may cost twice as much.

Running costs

You may be surprised at seeing this particular attribute within this particular article, but the car is very economical indeed considering its class.

It achieves an average of 31 MPG, which is a very respectable figure. It emits 212g/km which is a lot less than rivals and makes it cheaper on tax.

Audi are well known for allowing their vehicles to hold their value and depreciate extremely well. The Audi RS3 does that superbly and will not lose much of its value if you decide to sell.

Looks

The looks are stunning. The 19 inch alloys wheels bring out the car’s huge character. The twin exhaust system gives away that impression of pure power. You won’t find many more attractive hatchbacks than the Audi RS3.