When many of us think of Audi, we think of luxury sedans, like the A5, and pint-sized sports cars like the R8. However, one of its models effortlessly bridges the gap between both, and that is the Audi RS 3. While its hatchback version is not available in the USA, the RS 3 has proved popular elsewhere, and it’s easy to see why right off the bat, with its aggressive styling, large whale-shark grille, head-turning glossy tones, and contrasting matte-black accents.
This 400-horsepower, five-cylinder hatch has many features that you would find in a racing cockpit, including sports seats, launch control (with countdown timer), a sport contour steering wheel with integrated shift paddles, and a performance-oriented instrument cluster. The RS 3 also walks the walk, with a 0-60 mph time of under four seconds, 500 Nm of torque, and an exhaust note that sends shivers down the spine.
The Audi RS 3 is as practical as it is precocious, and it has a large trunk with rear seats that can be split or fully folded to create up to 1,104 liters of luggage space, giving most sedans a run for their money. Of course, this is an Audi, so you are expected to pay handsomely for this kind of quality and practicality, and with a starting price of over $60,000, this is one small car with a hefty price tag.