From royal parentage, namely Audi's S3 and A3, came the RS3. First announced as a newborn in November 2010 and bearing some DNA of its S3 ancestor, the new kid on the block came in as a Sportback edition and was only produced as a 5-door. For 2020, Audi proves big performance can come in tiny packages with the new RS3. While its back seat is small and its price tag is large, the 2020 RS3 primarily exists to entertain drivers who are more focused on driving thrills than driving bills.
The compact sports sedan looks aggressive enough to suggest it's more than an ordinary 4-door. Behind its façade sits a 400hp turbocharged 5-cylinder engine matched to a snappy automatic transmission and anAWD system. It’s clear that motorsport DNA is fueling the look of the 2020 RS 3 Sedan. From the aggressive RS-specific exterior to the standard S sport front seats, the feel of the track won’t be far away once you get behind the wheel.
The Audi has some fierce rivals in its class such as the Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R, and the most direct competitor of all - the Mercedes-AMG CLA class. For 2020, Audi has aimed high for its range-topping hot hatch to be among the most powerful models in its segment. While it may be worth the extra investment over the S3, not everyone will need the extra performance. With a 400hp turbocharged 2.5-litre 5-cylinder under the hood, this small sports sedan has the muscle to back up its menacing appearance.
“The first-ever Audi RS 5 Sportback is made to outperform. Featuring a bold RS look and a bi-turbo V6, it has the show to match the go.”