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2022 Audi RS3 Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

With a potent 401-hp turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the 2022 Audi RS3 is the raciest version of the company’s small luxury sedan. Based on the four-door Audi A3 and the sportier S3–but blessed with even more power and enhanced chassis tuning–the new RS variant challenges hi-po rivals such as the BMW M2 coupe and Mercedes-AMG CLA45 sedan. However, the RS3’s unusual engine gives it one of the most distinct soundtracks in its class. The Audi’s sharply creased sheetmetal as well as its stylish, nicely appointed interior help it appeal to audiences who appreciate sportiness as much as luxuriousness.

What’s New for 2022?

After a hiatus for the 2021 model year, the sportiest variant of Audi’s smallest sedan returns for 2022. The RS3 enters its second generation in the U.S. and draws largely from the totally redesigned A3 and S3. While the three share a platform, interior dimensions, and many similar features, the A3 is powered by a 201-hp turbo four and the S3 has a 306-hp version of the same mill.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    Audi hasn’t said how much the 2022 RS3 will cost, but we expect it to start just under $60,000. Once we learn its official starting price and learn how much its optional equipment costs, we can recommend the ideal configuration to buy.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    One of the most distinct elements of the RS3 is its unusual five-cylinder engine. Its odd number of cylinders give it a unique thrumming soundtrack that was particularly pleasing on the outgoing model. The latest iteration is again a turbocharged 2.5-liter, but it now makes 401 horsepower­. The engine pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that deliberately downshifts with slight throttle inputs, but it behaves less aggressively during hard braking. Its standard all-wheel-drive system includes a torque-vectoring rear differential with a drift mode. Unfortunately, getting the RS3’s tail to kick out requires dedication and can be difficult to maintain. Compared with the lesser A3 and S3, the sportiest 3 has upgraded brakes, a stiffer suspension setup, and a unique set of wheels on stickier performance tires. The RS3 we drove produced exhilarating sounds, and the car’s feisty nature was evident at the racetrack. Plus, it was composed and comfortable when driven sedately on regular roads.

    Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

    The 2022 RS3 is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Once we can test one on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the RS3’s fuel-economy, visit the EPA website.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    Inside, the RS3’s passenger space is identical to the A3 and S3, but it has a set of more aggressively bolstered front seats. Audi endows all versions with a dashboard that looks anything but bland. A pair of high-mounted air vents face the driver and flank the instrument panel binnacle that houses a set of digital gauges. The RS3 is also available with a heads-up display. Below the center touchscreen are climate controls with physical buttons, and there’s a bin below them that’s integrated into the center console. Unfortunately, drivers have to select gears via a weird, stubby shifter; paddles on the steering wheel are an alternative once the RS3 is in motion.

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    Based on the infotainment system employed by the A3 and S3, the RS3 has a 10.1-inch touchscreen mounted in the middle of the dash. It can be controlled through touch inputs, buttons on the steering wheel, and voice commands. It also includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Built-in navigation, a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless phone charging are on the roster, too.

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    The RS3 offers a mix of standard driver-assistance technology as well as options such as adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlights. For more information about the Audi’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

    • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
    • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
    • Available blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert

      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

      Audi’s limited and powertrain warranty are competitive with other German automakers. It only offers a short period of complimentary maintenance, but that’s more than what Mercedes-Benz does.

      • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
      • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
      • Complimentary scheduled maintenance covers one year or 10,000 miles

        Specifications

        Specifications

        2022 Audi RS3

        Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

        PRICE (C/D EST)

        Base: $59,500

        ENGINE

        Turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 20-valve inline-5, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection

        Displacement: 151 in3, 2480 cm3

        Power: 401 hp @ 7000 rpm

        Torque: 369 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm

        TRANSMISSION

        7-speed dual-clutch automatic

        DIMENSIONS

        Wheelbase: 103.6 in

        Length: 178.8 in

        Width: 72.9 in

        Height: 55.6 in

        Passenger Volume: 88 ft3

        Trunk Volume: 8 ft3

        Curb Weight (C/D est): 3600 lb

        PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)

        60 mph: 3.4 sec

        100 mph: 8.6 sec

        1/4-Mile: 11.8 sec

        Top Speed: 155–180 mph

        EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)

        Combined/City/Highway: 23/19/28 mpg

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