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2015 (65) Audi Rs3 2.5 TFSI RS 3 Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Nav]

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Audi drive selectColour driver's information system display
Parking system plus - front + rear sensorsProgressive power assisted steering
Service interval indicatorVoice control system

Entertainment

Audi music interfaceDAB Digital radio
Speed dependent audio volume control 

Exterior Features

Body colour bumpersDual branch oval twin exhaust tailpipes
Front and rear electric windowsLED daytime running lights
LED headlights with headlight washersLED rear lights
Rear wiperRS design body styling

Interior Features

3 adjustable rear headrests3 spoke flat bottomed sports multifunctional leather steering wheel with aluminium look gearshift paddles
60/40 split folding rear seatAdjustable front armrest
Aluminium door sill trimsAluminium pedals
Dual zone electronic climate controlFront passenger seat isofix location point
Heated front seatsHeight adjustable front seats
Height/depth adjustable steering columnIsofix attachments on rear seats
Jack and tool kit 

Packs

Light and rain sensor pack - A3 Hatchback/SportbackStorage and luggage pack - A3/RS3

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS/EBD
Active front headrestsASR
Curtain airbagsDriver and passenger side airbags
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsDrivers knee airbag
EDLElectric child locks
Electromechanical parking brakeESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
Front passenger airbag deactivationHigh performance braking system
Seatbelt warningTyre pressure monitor
Warning triangle and first aid kit 

Security

Anti-theft wheel boltsRemote control central locking
Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser 

Technical

RS sports suspension 

Trim

Aluminium air vent surroundsAluminium trim elements

Wheels

Tyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)189Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2480Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders5Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTIONGears7 SPEED
Number of Valves20TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)34.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)44.8EC Urban (mpg)25.2

General

Badge Engine CC2.5Badge Power367
Coin DescriptionTFSI QuattroCoin SeriesRS 3 [Nav]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0740EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %95
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %87NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %74NCAP Safety Assist %86
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)4.3Engine Power - BHP367
Engine Power - KW270Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5500Engine Torque - LBS.FT343
Engine Torque - MKG47Engine Torque - NM465
Engine Torque - RPM1625Top Speed155

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front235/35 R19Tyre Size Rear235/35 R19
Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KITWheel Style5 ARM ROTOR
Wheel Type19" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1411Length4343
Wheelbase2631Width1800
Width (including mirrors)1966 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight2020
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1120Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)280
Max. Loading Weight500Max. Roof Load75
Minimum Kerbweight1520No. of Seats5
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Audi RS3 Sportback

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

The second generation version of Audi's devastating RS3 Sportback launched in 2015 featured the most powerful production five-cylinder engine in Ingolstadt's history. The result was a super hatch that aimed to rewrite the shopping rocket rulebook. It's very, very fast, very, very usable and very, very rare.

History

Where will it all end? Twenty years ago, it was almost unheard of for even the fastest hot hatches to boast more than 200PS. In contrast, in 2015, Audi brought us a second generation RS3 model boasting 376PS, a thumping 465Nm of torque and a sprinting capability that could see the 62mph benchmark flash by in only 4.3s en route to a top speed that if unrestricted, would reach 174mph. Once, these would have been supercar stats, but with this original MK2 model RS3, you could get them packaged into an ordinary five-door family hatch. We say that but of course in reality, any RS3 is anything but ordinary. Its original £40,000 price tag certainly wasn't. Still, don't dismiss the car simply because it's expensive if already, you've one eye on high performance shopping rockets from the 2015 to 2017 era like the Volkswagen Golf R, the Honda Civic Type-R or the BMW M135i: remember that during this time, Audi offered its 2.0-litre turbo S3 model to directly target hot hatches such as those. The 2.5-litre RS3 Sportback sits in the more exalted 'super-hatch' class above. For rivals here, think instead of manic models like Ford's Focus RS or the Mercedes-AMG A45. It's cars like these that this Audi would count as its contemporaries. It's worth recalling that it was the original version of this car, the 341PS first generation RS3 of 2012, that initially established the concept of a hot hatch with supercar-style performance. Customers loved it and Audi sold four times as many as it thought it was going to. Journalists though, didn't, criticising the car's soul-less dynamics, lifeless steering and general lack of agility. A model of this kind, they told Audi, had to be about more than just ultimate grip and prodigious speed. The 'RS' 'Racing Sport' badge deserved something better. In response, the engineers at the Ingolstadt brand's performance division, quattro gmbh, brought us this second generation version in 2015. Changes made over the original design included more power, more torque and, to aid agility, lighter weight and faster reactions from the S tronic auto gearbox and the quattro 4WD system. On top of that, buyers got the option of adaptive damping, so they wouldn't be stuck with an over-firm ride when it wasn't wanted. Plus the brakes were better and the more efficient 2.5-litre turbo crackled its way through the S tronic auto transmission's seven speeds with an even more characterful howl. This original MK2 design sold for less than two years before it was replaced by an uprated 400PS model in mid-2017.

What You Get

If you've got it, you shouldn't need to shout about it - or so Audi believes. Hence the subtlety of the changes that in 2015 were made to this RS3 to differentiate it from its equally low-key S3 stablemate. The major points of differentiation lie at the front end where the nose, with its high-gloss black honeycomb-look singleframe grille and pronounced air intakes, is set off by piercing LEDs for the headlamps and daytime running lights. In profile, where the extra 41mm of length this MK2 model enjoys over its predecessor is a bit more obvious, chiselled sills separate wheelarches that must be seriously flared to accommodate standard 19-inch alloys. At the back, Audi experts will spot the re-profiled rear bumper, with its high-gloss black diffuser insert flanked by huge oval RS tailpipes. Get behind the wheel and you can let Audi weave the little spell it likes to lay on you before you've even pushed the starter button of this RS3. It's all in the details. Take, for example, the nappa leather-trimmed sports seats that gently squeeze you into position and feature pull-out cushions. Other careful detailing is everywhere, with an aluminium pedal set and RS3 logos featuring on the door sills, the steering wheel and the gearknob. And out back? Well the boot's a bit small for what is supposed to be a practical performance car. Where the lesser S3 model enjoys 380-litres of rear cargo room, this RS3 gives you just 280-litres.

What to Look For

The Audi RS3's 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine is as tough as old boots and can shrug off big mileages. Look for accident damage repairs as the RS3 is so quick that an inexperienced driver can get into a lot of trouble fast. The alloy wheels are spectacularly prone to kerbing, so take scuffs and chips into account when negotiating on the vehicle. Check the condition of the front tyres as wear rates can be high. Check that the twin-clutch S-tronic sequential transmission engages all gears cleanly. One common problem appears to be a faulty Haldex clutch system pump, betrayed by a traction control light that keeps coming on.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on an RS3 2.5) RS3 parts are broadly reasonable if they're generic A3 Sportback bits. So, for example, an air filter is around £16, a wiper blade is about £10 and a wing mirror glass can be as little as £27. A headlamp will be around £158, while a tail lamp is around £87. Prices are faintly eye-watering though, for RS-specific items. A starter motor is a comparatively inexpensive £175. An alternator costs in the region of £185, but front brake pads are £125 a set and the RS-3 specific tyres are £300 a corner. And yes, the front ones are supposed to be wider than the rears.

On the Road

When it came to developing this second generation RS3, the engineers at quattro gmbh, Audi's performance division, threw themselves into creating a more credible entry point for their ultimate RS series. Second time round, they certainly had more to work with. By now, the brand was using the Volkswagen Group's stiffer, lighter new generation MQB platform, along with a more flexible, faster-reacting quattro four wheel drive system capable of sending up to 100% of torque to either axle. To this, they added a lower-weight, faster-shifting S tronic twin-clutch paddleshift auto gearbox. A completely redeveloped electromechanical progressive steering system capable of varying its ratio with steering input in a way intended to emphasise a quick-witted feel. Torque vectoring to help get the power down through the bends. A 'drive select' vehicle dynamics system that would allow buyers to vary throttle, gearshift and steering feel and into which they could add the option of Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping. And last but by no means least, a useful increase in power - to 376PS. Just how special - just how fast this car feels - is difficult for us to capture in words. Assuming you've got a car whose original owner ticked the box for the optional de-restricted speed limiter and you've a runway to hand, it'll keep going until you hit 174mph. Beyond that, we can talk of a launch control-assisted rest to sixty sprint time of 4.3s (as quick as the original V8 version of Audi's R8 supercar). And Porsche 911-style performance that throws you at the horizon from the point that the rich, bass-heavy five cylinder roar fills the cabin and the turbo gets into its stride. We could talk of 465Nm of torque that dispatches B road dawdlers with barely a thought. Or a power-to-weight ratio that eclipses elite machinery like Maserati's GranTurismo. But you won't really gauge the character of this Audi from any of that. You see, we've driven faster cars than this. But very few that we wanted to drive this quickly.

Overall

Audi will tell you that its 'RS' - or 'Racing Sport' - brand is about 'innovation, technology and performance'. Its customers though, have told the Ingolstadt maker that they want more than that. Future RS products must also feature three other attributes - soul, involvement and emotion. The original version of the RS3 came up a little short in these three areas: this second generation model though, nailed them more effectively. Certainly, there are other high performance hot hatches from the 2015 to 2017 era that might make your heart beat a little faster: this particular 376PS RS3 still trades the last couple of percentage points of focus for genuine everyday utility. But it's also true that while that might make it a couple of seconds slower around the Nurburgring, it also makes it a better car for the vast majority of customers. People who live in the real world. A very fast world indeed.

Performance
90%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
80%
Build
90%
Value
60%
Equipment
80%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
50%

This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£416.43
Deposit£3000
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£29,998
Credit amount£26,998
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£14,657
Total amount payable£37,230.21
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge9.28p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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