However, our test car, when fitted with options such as a panoramic sunroof, an increased top speed limiter and a sports exhaust system bumped the price above €70,000. This is a huge amount of money for a hot hatch, and goes to show just how ‘premium’ cars in this segment have become.
We’d recommend the adjustable suspension and the sport exhaust system as two standout options to pick, but in reality the RS3 is a perfectly well-specified car without having to tread anywhere near the options list.
It’s not too thick, and has been trimmed in alcantara giving you plenty of grip. As one of the first points of contact between car and driver, it adds far more confidence in the car than you’d expect.
The five-door hatch RS3 benefits from 280 litres of seats-up boot space — a lot of room is taken away by the four-wheel-drive system — though this can be extended up to 1,120 litres by lowering the rear seats.