2017 Audi RS 3 Sedan

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in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$54,500

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Overview

In the yester-decade, people used compact cars for daily purposes but as the years passed and the performance needs grew, the car manufacturers started making more powerful engines and equipped them in the hatchbacks and sedans. The Audi RS3 is one such car that packs power and luxury in a single package.

With a base price of $54,500, the 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan doesn't disappoint the one behind the wheels in terms of performance and style. Under the hood of the 2017Audi RS3 Sedan is a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine attached to its 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive.

The Audi RS3 has always been amongst the favorites of those who crave performance in their sedan. Loaded with all the bells and whistles, this German machine was built to compete with the likes of the Mercedes Benz AMG C43 and BMW M3. Let's see how it performs against its rivals.

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Pros

Tremendous power in a compact car

Excellent material used for refined interiors

Styling is not exaggerated and has an aggressive finish

User friendly high-tech features

Cons

Limited cargo space and interior storage

Ride quality is comparatively stiffer

Congested headroom for rear passengers

Rubbery feel from the dual clutch gearbox at slower speeds

What's New?

It now comes with a lighter yet more powerful engine

New LED headlights

Re-Designed Bumpers


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$54500

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

174 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

151 cu. in.

horsepower

400 hp @ 7000 rpm

torque

354 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

103.6 in.

length

176.3 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

55 in.

curb weight

3593 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

10 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

8.7 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

4.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

157 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

448 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Audi RS 3 Sedan in Nardo Gray color  2017 Audi RS 3 Sedan in Mythos Black Metallic color  2017 Audi RS 3 Sedan in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2017 Audi RS 3 Sedan in Glacier White Metallic color  2017 Audi RS 3 Sedan in Florett Silver Metallic color  2017 Audi RS 3 Sedan in Catalunya Red Metallic color  2017 Audi RS 3 Sedan in Ara Blue Crystal Effect color
Nardo Gray

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

7.6

Exterior

9.4

Driving

9.6

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Audi RS 3 Sedan 4dr Sedan

4dr Sedan

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$54,500

Configurations
quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: I-5 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (19//28)
Torque: 354 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 4, 2018

8.2

Overall Rating


7.8/10
Features

 
 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.6/10
Interior

 

9.4/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

With a base price of $54,500, the 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan doesn’t disappoint the one behind the wheels in terms of performance and style. Under the hood of the 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan is a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine attached to its 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive.

Features

7.8/10

2017 Audi RS3 Sedan Trims The 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan comes in a single trim level which is powered by its 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine. The car comes in only one trim and has got all the features that you’ll look for in a car. Cool and new features come along with the Technology pack and the performance ceiling is pushed higher by the Dynamic pack.

Model Audi RS3
Trim RS3 2.5 TFSI
MSRP $54,500
Key Features
  • Audi magnetic ride Magnetic Fluid-Filled Shock Absorbers
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Audi Sound System
  • 7.0" TFT color center infotainment display w/800 x 480 pixel resolution
  • Theft Deterrent Heated S Sport Front Seats manual adjustment w/4-way power lumbar adjustment
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter
  • Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Fixed Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints

The all-new Audi RS3 Sedan is the best version in itself, although it would be advisable not to opt for the Dynamic package as it may aggravate the ride quality into a rough one.

Engine

Engine and Transmission

The 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine of the Audi RS3 is very powerful which contributes significantly to attain such an exhilarating performance. It records a horsepower of 400 hp and a torque of 354 pound-feet. The 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch automatic transmission of the 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan works along with its engine perfectly showcasing smooth gear shifts and sends power to all the four wheels in order to achieve maximum output.

Models Audi RS3 Mercedes Benz AMG C43 BMW M3
MSRP $54,500 $52,000 $64,000
Engine 2.5 TFSI 5 Cylinder 3.0L V6 Biturbo 3.0L Inline 6-Cylinder
Transmission 7-speed automatic 9-speed automatic 6-speed manual
Horsepower 400 hp @ 5850 rpm 362 hp @ 5500 rpm 425 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 354 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm 384 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm 406 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm

The RS3 Sedan delivers enough power in this price range and it’s fairly acceptable that it falls behind its costlier rival the 2017 BMW M3 whose engine generates 425 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 406 pound-feet of torque at 1850 rpm. However, in case of the Mercedes Benz AMG C43, it houses the least powerful engine with a horsepower of 362 at 5500 rpm and torque of 384 pound-feet at 2000 rpm, the latter being more than the Audi.

Acceleration

The credit for the scorching acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds goes to the 2.5-liter engine, the 7-speed transmission and all-wheel drive system of the 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan.

Models Audi RS3 Mercedes Benz AMG C43 BMW M3
0-60 MPH 3.9 sec 4.6 sec 4.1 sec
Quarter mile 12.4 sec 12.7 sec 12.1 sec
Engine 2.5L 3.0L 3.0L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 8.0 7.7 8.8

Quite shockingly in spite of having such a small build, the Audi RS3 Sedan is the fastest among its rival to reach from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. The BMW M3 with the most powerful engine falls behind in its initial acceleration, going from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, which however has the best acceleration over a quarter mile at just 12.1 seconds and beats the Audi in that aspect. The Mercedes Benz AMG C43 quite evidently has the slowest initial acceleration and in a quarter mile of 4.6 seconds and 12.7 seconds respectively and suffers because of its engine.

Handling and Steering

The balanced chassis and crisp steering of the 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan help it in cornering pretty easily. The steering responds extremely well while cruising on the highways and with low turning radius, it allows you to maneuver your car in tight spaces easily. The car handles well on the curves and drives glued to the road. The modified suspension system and adaptive all-wheel drive train which can send 100% power to the rear wheels can adjust accordingly to the road conditions and make the ride a smooth one to a greater extent. The car comes with 3 driving modes: Comfort, Normal, and Dynamic. You can set your suspension according to your needs with the different available driving modes.

Braking

The carbon ceramic brakes of the Audi RS3 Sedan are highly responsive at the press of the pedal. The front brake discs are 14.6 inch and the rear brake discs are 12.2-inch in size. The Audi RS3 takes some stopping as it takes 109 feet to come to halt from 60mph.

Model Audi RS3 Mercedes Benz AMG C43 BMW M3
Brake Front (in.) 14.6 14.2 15.0
Brake Rear (in.) 12.2 12.6 14.6
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3593 3727 3540
60-0 MPH (ft.) 109 105 101

The BMW M3 with the largest front and rear brake discs of 15 inch and 14.6-inch respectively which bring the car at a halt from 60 – 0mph covering a ground of 101 feet, making it the best braking unit among the four. Next up, surprisingly being the heaviest in the group, the Mercedes Benz has the second best braking statistics, stopping at 105 feet when coming down from 60 to 0 mph.

Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan in spite of its high-performance engine has a decent fuel economy of 19 mpg in the cities, 28 mpg in the highways and a combined efficiency of 22 mpg.

Model Audi RS3 Mercedes Benz AMG C43 BMW M3
MPG (city) 19 20 17
MPG (highway) 28 28 26
MPG (combined) 22 23 20

The Mercedes Benz in spite of its comparatively low performing engine has the best figures in terms of fuel economy; an impressive 20 mpg in the cities and 23 mpg combined. In case of highways, the Mercedes shares an equal economy of 28 mpg with the 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan, which is the next best performer in the group in fuel efficiency. Last but not the least, the BMW M3 due to its massive engine output is the lesser fuel efficient than its other two rivals.

Interior

7.6/10

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan houses sports seat for the driver and front passenger with electronic adjustments, and all the seats including the rear seats are made fitted with Nappa leather. Although the rear seats can be folded in 40/20/40 ratio, the compactness of the Audi can be felt by the passenger dues to the lack of space.

Model Audi RS3 Mercedes Benz AMG C43 BMW M3
Passenger capacity 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.6/54.8/41.2 40.0/55.3/41.7 40.3/55.1/42.0
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 36.4/53.0/35.1 38.2/55.0/35.2 37.7/55.1/35.1

Even though all the three cars have a capacity of 5 passengers, the BMW M2 has the largest headroom and legroom for the front passengers whereas, in case of rear passengers, the Mercedes Benz has the more spacious headroom and legroom. The Audi RS3 Sedan evidently suffers in both these aspects except for sharing the rear passenger legroom same as BMW.

Interior Features

  • Deluxe automatic air conditioning
  • Electronic Stabilization Program
  • An indirect tire pressure monitoring system
  • Retractable thigh support and height adjustable front seats
  • Automatic anti-glare action in the interior mirror
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting
  • Progressive 3 spoke sport steering wheel
  • Driver information system with color display

Infotainment System

The 2017 RS3 Sedan has the standard MMI infotainment system has a slick 7-inch screen which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is connected to a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system that maintains the musical ambiance in the interiors.

  • Bluetooth audio and phone
  • Smartphone integration
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Rear view camera
  • HD and satellite radio
  • USB Port

Cargo Volume

The 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan being a 5-passenger capacity car doesn’t have enough cargo space to accommodate the luggage of everyone, where the compactness of the Audi becomes a concerning factor once more. With just 10 cubic feet of cargo space, the RS3 offers the least cargo capacity amongst the rivals.

Model Audi RS3 Mercedes Benz AMG C43 BMW M3
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 10.0 15.4 12.0

Clearly enough, the Mercedes Benz with its gigantic dimensions have the most cargo space of 15 cubic feet as well, followed right behind by the BMW M3 with a volume of 12 cubic feet.

Exterior

9.4/10

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan is quite small and compact for a regular Sedan class car. It does compensate the size with subtle styling and unexaggerated finishing. As it’s a compact sedan, Audi made sure that it looks like one too. The car has decent proportions all around and has a good ground clearance of 5.1 inches.

Model Audi RS3 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 BMW M3
Curb weight (lbs.) 3593 3727 3540
Length(in) 176.3 185.0 184.5
Width(in) 70.7 71.3 73.9
Height(in) 55.0 69.0 56.1
Ground clearance (in) 5.1 4.4 4.7
Wheelbase (in) 103.6 111.8 110.7
Track width (in) F/R 61.4/60.2 62.0/61.0 62.2/63.1

The Mercedes Benz is can be referred to as the giant among the other two rivals with the most curb weight, length, height and wheelbase. The BMW is the least heavy and has the widest dimension and track width.

Exterior Features

  • 19-inch alloy Audi sport wheels
  • 4-link rear suspension
  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Matt aluminum finish on exterior mirror housings
  • Dynamic indicators in LED headlight and taillights
  • Rear spoiler and fog lights
  • RS sports exhaust system
  • Separate daytime running lights

Safety

The 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan has a very good safety rating as it features autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, active cruise control, lane keep assist and seven airbags.

  • Audi Pre-sense basic Forward Collision
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • SIDEGUARD Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Rear Child Safety Locks

 

Competition

Audi RS 3 vs Mercedes Benz AMG C43

The small package and genuine performance of the 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG C43 encompass a promising Sedan that has earned maximum attention to itself. Unlike the C class family to which it belongs, the AMG C43 derives power from a 3-liter twin turbo V6 engine generating 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque which is complemented by its 9-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive system, and adaptive dampers. However, it lags behind is aspects like engine power and acceleration than the 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan; yet it compensates that with better braking, almost similar fuel economy, spacious interiors and massive cargo space and is cheap than the Audi, giving it quite the competition.

Audi RS 3 vs BMW M3

The BMW M3 sets a trademark in the world of performance cars and builds itself as a tough contender for its rivals. With a 3-liter twin turbo inline-6 engine, it outputs a massive 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque redlining at 7500 rpm, much better than the 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan. It comes with two transmission options - a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. An optional Competition package boosts the horsepower to a whopping 444. Although it is must costlier than the 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan, it covers up well with a competitive acceleration, excellent braking, and roomy interiors. It suffers in aspects of fuel economy because of its monstrous engine.

Final Verdict

The 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan is a dynamically improved car, making it unique than just a small car that comes with standard equipment and impressive performance. It is a well-balanced modern car making it really worth the price tag attached to it. Looks can be deceiving and the 2017 Audi RS3 Sedan proves that right on a good note by giving its competitors a good run for their money. 

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