2017 RS 3

Consumer Reviews

2017 Audi RS 3

$53,736 - $60,588  MSRP Range
2017 Audi RS 3

Review Score

4.7 out of 5 stars

4.7

3 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4.7 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.7 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.7 out of 5 stars Interior Design
5 out of 5 stars Reliability
5 out of 5 stars Performance
5 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Great Car.. Great Luxury Performance Bargain

by KensRS3 from Sant Rosa on Mon Oct 02 2017

Best Luxury Performance Sedan on the market offering lots of goodies for a decent price. Legendary Audi 5 cylinder performance matched with Legendary Audi design and finish. Couldn't ask for a better vehicle in this price range.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

I love this car so much it's amazing

by Sisssly from Vacaville ca on Tue Jul 25 2017

It has everything and anything I have looked for in a car I'm so happy I found this site this site is the best to find your new car (:

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

Split Personality Wonder

by ExBimmerGuy from Santa Rosa, CA on Mon Nov 12 2018

We first looked at the new A3 sedan to replace my wife's VW Passat TDi when Volkswagen Corporate was caught in its "clean diesel" fib. The A3 was nice, but a bit too small, but the current generation A4 was brand new, with the dealer's first few copies on the lot. She was smitten and we ordered one from the factory. Great car! Months later, I saw an S3 on the showroom floor when my wife's A4 Quattro was in for service, and by that time, I was more familiar with the Audi "DNA," so I drove the S3, and even from memory knew it was just not enough better than the A3 for the additional price. However, on our way out of the dealership, we saw a "Trophy Wife" Catalunya Red" RS3, crouching on the pavement, daring me to drive it. I resisted then, but when my wife's car needed a minor adjustment a month later it was still there, pouting at me seductively. I was permitted a drive, and Oh, MY GOD! This car is too awesome for words. The unique color alone has caused dozens of people to tell me they're jealous. But this car is all about the driving, yet with a twist. You can almost convince yourself you're a responsible citizen while commuting to work or on a routine shopping trip, but whenever you're presented with lonely, twisty, hilly two lane, you're just two electronic commands away from car-guy nirvana: drop the shifter into sport mode, set the vehicle to "dynamic" with the MMI knob, and watch everything in your rear view mirror disappear. The car handles as though it's guided by maglev circuitry, accelerates just unbelievably, and brakes so forcefully you'll wish you had a racing harness. But all the while, it's still comfortable, but singing it's 5-cylinder baritone exhaust opera that exposes all those American Muscle Cars for what they are - pedestrian 4-cord base guitar amateurs. You'll find yourself spending hours watching RS3 vs. xxx videos (those comparing with the BMW 2, 3, and 4 are most interesting, especially when you discover "launch mode.)" When you do, you'll stop whatever else you pretended to be doing at your laptop and dash to the garage and back to your nearest long but deserted run of smooth-pavement country road to see what you'd not been aware of, and the rewards will be INSTANTANEOUS. (if you're a committed Bimmer pilot and you don't HAVE an RS3, you'll be tempted, then a convert as soon as you find one. As with most big-performance small-marketshare cars, you'll be surprised by the instantaneous depreciation, but if you can hold on for the long haul you should expect excellent reliability that will overcome that steep initial market value drop. So, why the "used to own it" preface? We're moving to Montana, consolidating into just one car, and getting a new dog. Bake that recipe and you won't be taking an RS3 out of the oven (the dog won't grin when you approach the limits while cornering, and those 30 front/35 rear summer tires aren't meant for skiing (although there are amazing YouTube videos starring the RS3 as a driftmobile). We have video of my wife grinning at "our" new Q5 SUV, while in the background I'm hugging my crouching vehicular mistress. I'll get by, but the lust won't die.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Our Take on the 2017 Audi RS 3

The verdict:

The RS 3 has all the ingredients, but the final dish doesn’t offer the performance its price tag suggests.

Versus the competition:

It’s no slouch, but the RS 3 lacks the sharpness and direct input of its chief competitor, the BMW M2.

"The grass is always greener on the other side of the pond." That's the lament car enthusiasts in the U.S. have long uttered while gazing with intense longing across the Atlantic at the sports sedans, hatchbacks and wagons that seem much more numerous on European shores.

Over the past several years, however, a few of those cars have made it to our fair shores, among them the Audi RS 3, starting with just 250 preconfigured cars for the 2017 model year but continuing in earnest for the 2018 model year.

The RS 3 doesn't arrive unopposed. Competitors like the BMW M2, Jaguar XE S and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 come to mind. Compare the RS 3 with those cars here. Still, this is illustrious company... Read More