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2018 Audi RS 3

Original MSRP Range
$54,900
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
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2018 Audi RS 3

What We Like

Speed; agility; styling; equipment

What We Don't

Limited trunk and passenger space

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.6/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Audi RS 3?

The RS 3 is all-new for this model year.

Which RS 3 is the Best?

The Technology and Driver Assistance packages are highly recommended. If the RS 3 fires your rockets, we won't dissuade you, but the regular suspension is probably the better call for day-to-day use.

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How Much Does a 2018 Audi RS 3 Cost?

The 2018 Audi RS 3 ($55,875) 5-seater small premium sport sedan comes in one well-stocked trim level with several options.

Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels wearing summer performance tires, full LED lighting, a panoramic sunroof, an adaptive suspension, variable-ratio steering, 8-piston front brake calipers with ventilated discs, ventilated rear-brake discs, a rear lip spoiler, keyless entry/ignition, rain-sensing wipers, self-dimming/heated/power-folding side mirrors, selectable driving modes (which adjust steering assistance, gear shift points, suspension settings and throttle responses), a flat-bottom, tilt-telescopic steering wheel covered in leather and Alcantara (simulated suede, but lighter, so it gets used in many actual racing cars), dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front sport seats with 8-way manual adjustment (including extendable thigh support) and 4-way power lumbar adjustment, Nappa leather upholstery, ambient LED cabin lighting, stainless steel pedals, parking sensors front and rear, forward-collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, a self-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, a 7-in infotainment screen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, a 10-speaker audio system, a CD/MP3 player, HD Radio, satellite radio, an SD card slot and a USB port.

A Technology package adds the Virtual Cockpit configurable 12.3-in driver's information display, navigation with a touchpad controller featuring handwriting recognition, Wi-Fi and a 705-watt/14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

The Driver Assistance package brings adaptive cruise control with stop/go, automatic high beams and active lane-keeping assistance.

For more extreme tastes, the Dynamic Plus package has a fixed sport suspension, ceramic front brake discs, a carbon-fiber engine cover and a top speed raised from 155 to 174 mph.

Trunk space measures just 10 cu ft., not great even for a compact sedan. Anyone carrying longer items on a regular basis, such as golf bags, should make sure they fit properly (or give up golf and go driving instead). The rear seats can split and fold in 40/40/20 fashion.

RS 3 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
RS 3 2.5 TFSI S Tronic$54,900 / $51,0585 Cylinder Turbo40019 / 287-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2018 Audi RS 3 a Safe Car?

The RS 3 comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel antilock brakes and eight airbags (front, front side, front knee, full-length side curtain). Side airbags for the rear seats are optional.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the RS 3. However, the regular A3 has a top 5-star overall score from NHTSA, and the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick+.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance1 Years/10,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Storage Pkg
  • Dynamic Pkg
  • Dynamic Plus Pkg
  • Black Optic Pkg
  • Driver Assistance Pkg
  • Technology Pkg
  • Interior Pkg

Competition

2018 Audi RS 3 vs the competition

2018 BMW M2 -- Only available as a coupe, and rear passenger space is cramped. But 365 hp, an inline-six engine and rear-wheel drive are extremely tempting.

2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 -- The 375-hp AMG-tuned version of the CLA-Class sedan is wonderfully fast and capable (all-wheel drive is standard), but its sloping roof means less rear headroom than in the RS 3.

Used Mercedes-Benz E 63/E 63 S AMG -- To go appreciably bigger and better than the RS 3 means looking at a twin-turbo V8 making 550 or 577 hp propelling a superb previous-generation E-Class premium midsize sedan. Check out the Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned (CPO) program.

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