2020 Audi RS 3

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$56,200

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2020 Audi RS 3
2020 Audi RS 3

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Strong acceleration
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Leather upholstery standard
  • Panoramic moonroof standard

The bad:

  • Snug backseat
  • Numb steering feel
  • Gets expensive with options
  • Convertible is gone

1 trim

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Notable features

  • Five-seat entry-luxury sedan
  • Turbo four- and five-cylinder engines available
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • S3 and RS 3 performance variants available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard

2020 Audi RS 3 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2020 Audi A3?

The A3 is Audi’s entry-level car and is available as a five-seat sedan; the previously available convertible version has been discontinued for 2020. The front-wheel-drive A3 comes with a 184-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the all-wheel-drive version gets a 228-hp, turbo four-cylinder. Both engines work with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The A3 is also offered in two performance-tuned variants, the S3 and RS 3. The S3 gets a 288-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the RS 3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder that makes 394 hp. Competitors include the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

What’s New on the 2020 Audi A3?

A new Final Edition Package includes black or red leather sport seats with contrast stitching, and a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles. All-wheel-drive A3s get S line badges, aluminum door sills and unique 18-inch wheels. A new, less expensive Premium trim level joins the S3 lineup for 2020.

What Features in the 2020 Audi A3 Are Most Important?

All-wheel drive has been a hallmark of Audi’s lineup for decades, and it’s standard or available on all variants of the A3 line. The A3 also offers many features found on larger luxury models, including a panoramic moonroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. The S3 and RS 3 have sports-car-challenging performance. Bear in mind, however, that the price of a fully loaded RS 3 can be about double that of a base A3.

Should I Buy the 2020 Audi A3?

If you want an Audi badge for a minimum amount of money, the A3 is a tempting proposition; it has much of the design and driving experience provided by bigger, more expensive German sedans. A cramped rear seat and some austere cabin trim detracts from the overall posh image, however.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.8

Mythos Gray RS3

Wow - what a great sports sedan in a small package. Just wish it had Homelink and power seats. Red accented interior is very complimentary to the black exterior.

5.0

Great car, exceeds my expectations

Really excited to own 1 of 200 special edition. The car is a dream and I look forward to driving it. It’s an exciting experience with all the creature comforts

4.7

It is a pocket rocket

We bought RS3 to replace my wife's 2016 Acura ILX which she has driven for 5 years. She wanted more performace than ILX and automatic transmission, so our choices are fairly limited. Initially I was looking at Golf R but VW discontinued it earlier this year. I have heard Audi's lengendary 5 cynlinder engine which guides me to RS3. It is the best buck for the performace. 400 bhp coupled with 7-speed DSG is fast and fun to drive. And gas mileage is reasonable that she got 28 mpg on highway. In therms of long term reliability, I am very curious and report back next year. I will recommend this car for someone who is looking for performace but don't want manual.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
300-plus-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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