Audi A1 Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price
- Car Reviews,
- Jul 08, 2020
Competition between industries and large companies proves to be beneficial to the end-user in most cases since each party tries to offer the best deals and quality so as to increase their customer base. The same is true between car manufacturing companies, especially the German rivals Audi and Mercedes, who are always trying to outdo the other by bringing in better and better cars each year.
The reason for mentioning Audi and Mercedes is that they remain head to head, as well as the leaders in producing the top hot hatch sedan with high performing engines. Recently, to compete against the Mercedes AMG A45, Audi reintroduced the Audi RS3 sedan, with increased power and a larger than most hot-hatch capacity.
The latest generation of the Audi RS3 2020 is different from the previous generation, with multiple variants available. These include the five-door Audi RS3 Sportback and the four-door Audi RS3 hatchback Saloon. Here is a review of the high performing sedan, and what makes it stand out in the already congested class.
Audi RS3: Overview
In the past, the RS3 was not much of a showstopper, let us be honest. Even though it has a decent five-cylinder engine, it had the drawbacks that failed to bring it to the limelight at that time. But with the new Audi RS3, the company was not going to leave any stone unturned.
The 2020 Audi RS3 is one of the best subcompact high performing cars to have been produced in the year, with an impressive 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine, outputting a flabbergasting 394 horsepower. The engine quality and capability has been perfected, making this a pleasing performance car with high reliability.
It will not be wrong to call it a compact sports sedan, and the aggressive exterior, Audi RS3 Quattro all-wheel drive, efficient engine, and the unique exhaust note compliment that exact fact. The standalone trim called the RS3 TSFI 400 Quattro S Tronic is a five-door hatchback, petrol engine, semi-automatic transmission, and a 400 bhp of power output. It is generously equipped given that this is the base model, including satellite navigation, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity, Alcantra steering wheel, climate control, and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit.
Next is the Audi RS3 TFSI 400 Quattro Sport version, which follows almost the same engine and power specifications, adding some additional features to give it a sportier look.
Engine Specifications and Performance
With a powerful engine to match its daunting outer appearance, the Audi RS3 is a beast encompassed in a sedan. The 2.5-liter turbocharged engine leaves little to be desired, outputting a hefty 400 horsepower. The five cylinders and the custom exhaust note result in a sound that is music to your ears
Partly due to the turbo engine and the seven-speed automatic transmission that delivers power to all four wheels, the Audi RS3 is tested to reach 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The suspension does not let you down either, with an agility that would delight the driver. The top speed as reported is 155 mph, with the car always feeling in control and a responsive steering wheel.
Audi is known for its design language and the RS3 is no different. It applies a unique rear and front bumpers, with a large grille on the front. The arches are made in such a way to give it a more aggressive and menacing look. The LED headlights and taillights complete the effect, as well as the 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Audi RS3 boasts various colors, the most common being used the Nardo Gray, which does not cost anything. The rest of the colors which include Tango Red, Mythos Black, Glacier White and Gray Pearl all require you to pay extra.
If you are an avid Audi follower and have some of their different series and cars, the interior of the Audi RS3 may look familiar. The reason being that the interior concept is partly borrowed from the popular A3 and the Audi S3. The cabin is well built keeping comfort a priority. For this reason, the front seats are sports with excellent support and roomy. The rear seats might feel a bit of a squeeze but use cushions to make the journey comfortable.
The Audi RS3 also has a couple of surprises up its sleeve when you get in the car. For instance, the infotainment system rises out of the dash in a show of sleekness and style and supports navigation, stereo, FM, and Bluetooth connectivity. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also supported (hooray!).
The new 2020 Audi RS3 features multiple airbags for all the passengers, situated in a way to minimize damage from all sides. Even though this version has not been officially tested by some of the more authentic safety administrations, such as the NCAP and the National Highway Traffic Safety, the RS3 is found to be a reliable and trustworthy car. Additional safety features include automatic high-beam headlights, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, and Adaptive Cruise control.
Audi A1 Review and Price
The main highlight of the Audi RS3 is without doubt the high performing five-cylinder turbo engine, which gives it the reputation of an excellent sports car. The Audi Quattro all-wheel drive and the attached traction ensure that you maintain a grip on the road, no matter the road or weather conditions. The interior is well-built, using leather and Alcantra in the seats and upholstery and comfortable front seats.
The astonishing performance and spectacular features do not come cheap. As compared to sedan in the same class, the Audi RS3 is pricier with the base price starting from over $52,000. Spend wisely on your trim level, since subsequent versions increase in price dramatically and go as much as $62,000.