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Audi RS 3 (8V) Sedan (2017-2020)

Neoscore 62%NEX score 69%

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Product Overview

Audi RS 3 (Typ 8V) is a compact sports sedan in production from 2017 to 2020, whereupon it received a facelift. It was available with a single turbocharged inline-5 engine that displaced 2.5 liters.
Interestingly, the RS 3 is the first Audi to sport an inline-5 engine in two decades, even though I5 used to be its bread-and-butter. Even though this is just another step in VAG's downsizing effort, the 2.5 TFSI is undeniably a wonderful powerplant. A single 7-speed DCT is standard, and power is sent to all four wheels.
Drivers who appreciate handling should keep in mind that the RS 3 stills uses MacPherson front suspension, which doesn't provide the best cornering performance.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 62% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Exciting I5 TFSI engine
Cons
  • Stuck with MacPherson struts in the front
  • No manual transmission available
  • Questionable styling (the hatchback is much better)

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 69% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good standard equipment
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Classy cabin
  • Stupendous all-weather performance
Cons
  • High running costs
  • Slightly fiddly infotainment system
  • No automatic gearbox
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Specifications

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
315 L / 11.1 cu-ft ~ 770 L / 27.2 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
10.0 L / 10.6 qt
Engine Oil Capacity
7.1 L / 7.5 qt
Fuel Capacity
55.0 L / 14.5 gal
Passengers
5
Payload
490 kg / 1080 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Disc
Power Steering
Electric Steering
Suspension | Front
MacPherson strut
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
Tire Size
235/35 R19 91Y, 255/30 R19 91Y
Turning Circle
11.0 m / 36.1 ft

Construction

Body Style
4-door Sedan

Dimensions

Size | Height
1397 mm / 55.0 in
Size | Length
4479 mm / 176.3 in
Size | Width
1802 mm / 70.9 in
Track Width | Front
1559.0 mm / 61.4 in
Track Width | Rear
1528.0 mm / 60.2 in
Weight
1515.0 kg / 3340.0 lbs
Wheel Size
8.0J x 19
Wheelbase
2631 mm / 103.6 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
4.1 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
3.9 sec
CO2 Emission
188 ~ 191 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag
0.33
Fuel Economy
8.3 L/100km / 28.3 MPG (combined) | 11.3 L/100km / 20.8 MPG (urban) | 6.5 L/100km / 36.2 MPG (highway)
Top Speed
250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (transverse), All-wheel drive
Emission Standard
Euro 6
Engine
DAZA, DNWA
Engine | Bore
82.5 mm / 3.2 in
Engine | Compression Ratio
10.0:1
Engine | Displacement
2.5 L / 151.3 cu-in / 2480.0 cc
Engine | Power
400.0 hp / 298.3 kW @ 5850-7000 rpm
Engine | Specific Output
161.3 hp/L / 2.6 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke
92.8 mm / 3.7 in
Engine | Torque
480 Nm / 354.0 lb-ft @ 1700-5850 rpm
Engine | Type
Turbocharged direct-injected petrol inline-5 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
7-speed
Transmission | Type
DCT S-tronic

Production

Availability
2017 ~ 2020

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External Reviews

autoexpress[1]

Sentiment Score 54%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
A revised RS 3 Sportback was introduced in September 2017, now with 395bhp to give 0-62mph in just 4.1 seconds. At the same time an RS 3 Saloon was launched; it was mechanically identical to the Sportback but with a different bodyshell. All RS 3s had a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch auto gearbox.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Classy cabin
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good standard equipment
Cons
  • High running costs
  • No automatic gearbox

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
Audi’s smallest RS model now offers 395bhp from its 2.5-litre turbocharged in-line five-cylinder engine. It sends that power to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. A clever new RS Torque Splitter is the biggest change in specification over its predecessor. This new differential features one electronically controlled clutch for each rear half shaft, sending more drive torque to the outer wheel in corners.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Stupendous all-weather performance
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Slightly fiddly infotainment system

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Used Audi RS 3 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/audi/rs3/105775/used-audi-rs-3-review. 2019-01-22. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
2. ^ New Audi RS 3 Saloon 2021 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/audi/rs3/356614/new-audi-rs-3-saloon-2021-review. 2021-11-22. Retrieved 2022-02-18.

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