What is the new RS3 going up against?

Now with an astonishing 415bhp, the Audi RS3 is quicker than ever – but what are its key rivals?

The Audi RS 3 has got progressively quicker over the years to the extent that the new version is said to develop an eye-watering 415bhp, with 0-60mph in 3.6 secs. More potent than ever, it uses its quattro all-wheel-drive system to deploy its fierce power in all conditions making it one of the big hot hatches of the moment, but the competition keeps getting stronger and stronger. 

Here’s a round-up of the rivals facing Audi’s RS3.

BMW M135i

BMW M135i front

Like the Audi, the BMW M125i is four-wheel-drive thanks to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, allowing for better traction. With a 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds it can’t quite match the RS3 in a straight line, but thanks to well-judged suspension and excellent steering, the BMW is one of the best cars in its class to drive. 

Mercedes-AMG A45S

Mercedes-AMG A45s front

The A45 does things differently to the Audi thanks to a compact four-cylinder petrol engine, yet despite a capacity of just 2.0 litres it can still match the new RS3’s power output, with 415bhp on tap. It’ll crack 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds, with a fruity exhaust note and a striking cabin.

Renault Mégane R.S.

Renault Megane R.S front

Renault’s ‘hot’ Mégane models are more about driver engagement than out and out performance, so while the French car can’t match the German for overall pace, it’s still a terrific steer. It has a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine kicking out 296bhp, which is more than punchy enough. Its 5.5-second 0-60mph time is one of the slowest here, but it’s hardly a slouch. And in handling terms it's arguably the best there is. 


Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R frontThere’s an internal fight going on at Volkswagen Group, too, so it’s no surprise to see the  all-wheel-drive Golf R snapping at the RS3’s heels. It uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with 316bhp, bringing a 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds and a 155mph top speed.


CUPRA Leon front

CUPRA and Leon are names with a rich history, and while the former is no longer a SEAT brand the Leon is core to its values. The latest CUPRA Leon uses essentially the same powertrain as you’ll find in the Golf R, with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 306bhp in estate models. It’s enough power to send the Leon from 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph.

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