This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Audi A3 RS3 Sportback (15-16) review.

4.5 out of 5 4.5
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Audi A3 RS3 Sportback (11-12) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £39,350 - £39,350
Used price £11,870 - £18,530
Used monthly cost From £296 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £340
Insurance group 42 How much is it to insure?


Tons of grips, impressive amounts of power, practical five-door layout


Steering is too light, difficult to buy due to limited production numbers

Audi A3 RS3 Sportback rivals

Golf R
4.5 out of 5 4.5

Written by Simon McBride on

The RS division at Audi decided it was time to make the ultimate A3 and has created a rival good enough to challenge the BMW 1-Series M Coupe and even the bigger Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. It boasts 335bhp, but what’s impressive is that all this power is kept under control. The traction is impeccable and you won’t feel the car squirming on the road. It is superb at getting the power down and it can cover ground very quickly.

Performance isn’t this car's singular talent though, and the ultimate version of the A3 Sportback is also practical with its five-door bodystyle that will suit your everyday needs. Is the RS3 Sportback good enough to take on the BMW 1M Coupe? Read on to find out how the latest RS model from Audi fares…

Audi A3 RS3 Sportback rivals

Golf R
4.5 out of 5 4.5

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