New Audi RS3 - it's quicker than the AMG A45 S!
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Introducing the all-new Audi RS3!

Audi clearly has hot hatch class-leaders such as the AMG A45 S & Volkswagen Golf R in its sights! The question is, does the new RS3 have what it takes to become the number one, must-have hot hatch of 2021? It’s time to find out!

Well let’s start off with performance. Under the bonnet you’ll find a 2.5-litre 5 cylinder petrol, which is almost identical to the old model. However, that’s not exactly a bad thing! Sure, the power output of 400hp may be the same as the last gen, but it makes that 400hp across more of the rev range, so it’ll feel faster. It also produces more torque, at 500Nm.

What's more, once you take a seat inside, you’ll be treated to a high-quality, gorgeous interior. With red or green stitching throughout, coupled with lots of carbon trim and soft-touch leather, the interior can easily match what you’ll find in the A45 S & Golf R.

So what do you think, is the RS3 the hot hatch to beat in 2021? Stick with Mat and see what you think!

00:00 Intro
00:27 Design
01:49 Engine
02:40 Performance
03:27 Interior
04:00 RS Torque Splitter
04:49 Infotainment
05:25 Drift Mode
06:08 Suspension
06:38 Brakes
07:26 Price

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  • Mat Watson Cars
    Mat Watson Cars

    Hi Mat here. Would you like me to get this new RS3 as a new daily? Or should I get something else instead?

    • Faustina Adu
      Faustina Adu

      @Chase Farmer that is a diesel in some markets. It is way duller to drive and boring

    • Chase Farmer
      Chase Farmer

      S4 is a much better Daily.

    • Faustina Adu
      Faustina Adu

      There is still the Lotus Emira

    • Yusuf Dhai
      Yusuf Dhai

      Do it and race the RS6 with it

    • Gamer NL
      Gamer NL

      get it man6

  • Mila Wang
    Mila Wang

    i like the amg more


    a45 is the best looking than the rs3

  • Carla

    Anyone originally watch car wow channel to decide what car they may want and end up just watching it for matts reviews 😂

  • thomas maliglowka
    thomas maliglowka

    Mercedes is soo ugly and overpriced

  • Chance McClendon
    Chance McClendon

    please for the love of fuck can we have it in Canada. I want a hatch because trunks suck and I cant afford an RS5 SB PLEASE !!!!!

  • Mark Jones
    Mark Jones

    Its a great looking car that should prove to be the most user friendly being tuned for a better spread of power.

  • altruistik99


  • Mihail Todorov
    Mihail Todorov

    German car producers are in bitter fight who is going to create most boring car exterior. FAKE OPENINGS, FAKE SOUND, FAKE TITLE OF THE MODEL and more shitty design quirks.

  • Scott Hodgskin
    Scott Hodgskin

    "Crucially, it's 0.1 second faster than an A45s". I mean, on the road or the track, that means nothing. But, if it were Yanni and Mat in a RS3 and A45s it would mean the world! :) :) :)

  • Splitty

    Oh I am upgrading from my old Civic Si for sure. Been saving for a while, think I will lease though cause Audi reliability and expensive repairs over time are not ideal

  • 666DW

    Very nice and extremely desirable! Unfortunately, in the U.K. you are not allowed to own a nice car because the local car thieves will kick your front door down and blow your knee caps off in order to steal it. I’ll stick with my Nissan Micra😁

  • James Crouch
    James Crouch

    And my order went in early doors yesterday, fingers crossed should have one of the first in the country. The final hurrah of the legendary in-line 5, plus the saloon is the only RS that isn’t a hatchback or Avant. What’s not to like 😎

    • Lucius Sander
      Lucius Sander

      You mean your deposit - dealers in the UK can't place customer orders yet and there's a lot of people who paid deposits a while ago, so good luck with the wait - you won't be seeing it until next year and I hope you know how much it'll cost. The pricing has just been published in Germany. 75,000 euro for a decent spec car. Jeeeeeesus. That's over £60,000, for an RS3? I hope it has optional warp drive at that price!

  • Jason

    The front side Vents looks like those on a wrx 🤦‍♂️

  • The Rainman
    The Rainman

    1:43,no offencee to anyone but that AMG a45 looks like old men filled with large amount of botox compared to this beast Audi...

    • Lucius Sander
      Lucius Sander

      Shall I post a link to Specsavers? You need to make an appointment mate. You're talking utter bollocks. The Merc looks amazing compared to this plastic fantastic effort from Audi. Beast? LOL. It sounds like a vacuum cleaner and looks like stunted SUV. Whereas the Merc is a BEAST, that is in fact the nickname it was given by the people who made it. It's what AMG do. There's also a facelifted version due out soon, so Audi will still be playing catch up. The hot hatch crown is well safe with Mercedes.

  • Monty

    Looks meh

  • Avery Ashley
    Avery Ashley

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  • DeanCtsV

    Naw just get the Urus as your daily!

  • Shaun Hose
    Shaun Hose

    Yes 👍

  • Hasib Jalali
    Hasib Jalali

    What a glow down

  • Jamie Pickles
    Jamie Pickles

    I enjoyed watching the Video Preview. Better than the Mercedes-AMG A45 S

    • Lucius Sander
      Lucius Sander

      How is it better? It costs more (a lot more) when optioned to the same spec, performance will be even Stevens, interior - Audi is cheap and nasty A3 inside Merc is pure class, looks - subjective, but no hot hatch will ever be a Beauty Queen... to drive? We don't know yet, but I have an AMG A45s plus and it's incredibly good, way more involving than any Audi RS I have driven or owned, then we have the overall ownership experience - Audi v Merc, Merc every day of the week based on my experiences. So, how is it better? Yeah, you crack on Mr Talking Bollocks who's worked it all out from a video on SVsoft.

  • Gid Nild
    Gid Nild

    I'd still buy the a45 amgs

    • Baran Goran
      Baran Goran

      Hell no.

  • Zaahid

    Will always be my dream car, 5 pot just got better ❤

  • Bni Bng Ltd
    Bni Bng Ltd

    Why is this car bigger in the front? Aaaa right…more FRD 🤦🏼‍♂️

  • 意 Janzhs 意
    意 Janzhs 意

    Ordered mine.

    • Baran Goran
      Baran Goran


  • Eddie Runcorn
    Eddie Runcorn

    I love the look and performance of the new RS3 but what are Audi playing at with the fake oval tail pipes. Come on chaps, a car like this deserves a proper beefy exhaust not one that’s got two pipes hiding inside the oval end jobby.

  • Mbongeni Dlomo
    Mbongeni Dlomo

    I'd Still Go With The A45s.

  • Grocery Grip
    Grocery Grip

    the RS3 is making the RS5 irrelevant

  • Carbon FiberC6
    Carbon FiberC6

    Absolutely beautiful !!

  • Thushaboombastic

    Mat please review maserati quattreporte

  • CBr - Cars And Bikes Racing
    CBr - Cars And Bikes Racing

    Drag Races of daily driven cars here ❤️🙋‍♂️

  • Archerke

    If you would pick an a45s instead of the new rs3 you deserve a spanking. The rs3 looks way better inside and out, sounds way better, and is faster as well. Even though the rs3 has 20 less horsepower on paper, we know if you would put them on a dyno it would be equal. Audi is modest in their factory claims, while mercedes likes to exaggerate.

    • Archerke

      @Lucius Sander None of what you said makes any sense. Seems like mercedes fanboytalk to me. The interior is better? Really? With that tablet looking thing as cockpit? And an inline 4 2.0l in a performance car? And you talk about audi's being boring.

    • uptheduffagain

      Looks are subjective. As for the performance,all we have to go by is some figures on paper,which count for nothing. For what it is worth,we have seen 0-60 in 3.6s in our A45S,and that is real world figures,not on paper. Also can I remind you that we are comparing a car with only a 2L 4 cylinder turbo,against a car that has 0.5L of extra displacement and an extra cylinder in order to get basically the same level of performance.

  • Mikaeel Islam
    Mikaeel Islam

    VW Golf or the RS3? (i'd say the RS3 obviously the VW has fake exhausts)

  • Jonte Tomte
    Jonte Tomte

    The facelifted rs3 looks more like a sporty toyota than a sporty audi.

  • A person
    A person

    The overall shape and rear end of this car looks amazing, but the front end ruins it. It looks off for some reason

  • Ramon Martinez
    Ramon Martinez

    Not getting the Sportback in the USA....WHY?

    • Faustina Adu
      Faustina Adu

      America don’t like hatchbacks as much as Europe. That is why they don’t sell as much

  • sp royals
    sp royals

    Need to race this v the a45s, golf r, yaris gr, previous gen 8v rs3

  • Demilade Bamigbaye
    Demilade Bamigbaye

    Hi, is the saloon faster than the hatchback or their equal?

    • Faustina Adu
      Faustina Adu

      There equal

  • Peak Performance Reviews
    Peak Performance Reviews

    Fair play looks like it’s going too be epic

  • Junior Balls
    Junior Balls

    I wish manufacturers would fuck off with drift modes. Live near a roundabout and it's hell on earth.

  • SK1996

    audis always copying bmw

  • DrSeckzytime

    Too expensive, not enough performance to justify it, just like every car these days. The only "bargain" for enthusiasts might end up being the new Nissan Z.


    RS3 with 5cyl again = win!

  • MonsterOFTR

    Looks to much like a VW Jetta/Passat now - gonna pass on the new one :(

  • ChrisIsMeinName

    But still looks boring as hell :(

  • S Bland
    S Bland

    UUUUUUGGGGGGGGLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYY!!!!!!! Looks like a 12 year old designed it. Also, £50,000 for an Audi???? Certainly not worth more than £30,000. Ah, but of course - no one will pay that over dreadfully over-inflated price as most 20 year olds just rent them out on the never never.

  • Fraser Fraser
    Fraser Fraser

    Pretty nice car I like it

  • S.GP

    Nice type r front bumper

  • Mark Turner
    Mark Turner

    Do it Matt RS3 all the way

  • Alejandro Mejía Frost
    Alejandro Mejía Frost

    Those wheels look very similar to the Focus RS Mk3 wheels

  • Seamus Lewin
    Seamus Lewin

    the golf R has made the rs3 irrelevant when looking at the value proposition. The 5 cylinder is unique but the golf r is a better daily IMO.

  • manuel lopez
    manuel lopez

    To bad we can't get the hatchback here in the states

  • Tesaro Sandu
    Tesaro Sandu

    but can you add a towbar to it? why can't they make a towbar for it, even if only 250kg?

  • Double H H
    Double H H

    Does this understeer like a lot of other Audis?

  • GraveUypo

    will we have to endure these gaping mouth front grills for a whole decade? damnit.

  • I-Lon3511

    They just include this car in GTA v , guess that's the only place I'll drive it ❤️❤️😍😍😍

  • Rossalia

    FOLLOW ME⏩ 💞CHOOSE YOUR DREAM GIRL💞 !💖🖤❤️#今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!#この日のライブ配信は、#かならりやばかったですね!#1万人を超える人が見ていたも ん(#笑)#やっぱり人参最高!#まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです! #この日のライブ配信は、 #かならりやばかったですね! #1万人を超える人が見ていたもん( #笑) #やっぱり人参最高! #まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #垃圾

  • Open Carry
    Open Carry

    Expensive to purchase and expensive to repair.

  • David C
    David C

    Just buy the M3.

    • Garo Sama
      Garo Sama

      M3 is way more expensive than this, also not a hatchback.

  • TheTioram

    The design looks cheap and over-done. If I’d buy one my next idea would be how to make it look like decent car. I’d probably repaint the grille and the tacky fake plastic applications. They’re so yuk

  • jbm0866

    Normally this would be the sort of thing that I'd be excited about, but it just seems like yet another swan song before the party is (legislated to be) over. The next couple years carmakers will be emptying their parts bins of anything they've been holding back, then the point of no return begins...a future with glorified golf carts. Sure some of them will be blisteringly quick in a straight line, (for those lucky few who have an un-policed drag strip along their work commute) but the vast majority of affordable EV's will be far more focused on range and interior tech bits. To me EV's seem like a temporary thing at best since China controls most of the worlds supply of rare earth minerals...long term the ruling class wants everyone on government controlled public transit. Sigh...this RS3 is tasty though, and doesnt look as boring as other recent Audi models.

    • jbm0866

      @Garo Sama and US and European auto industries find themselves out in the cold by 2040, making high end/low volume EV's the 98% can't really afford, conceding the mass market to China. No idea if Japanese/Korean makes can survive if China really gets aggressive in cornering the market.

    • Garo Sama
      Garo Sama

      Well, the EV trend comes mostly from China, its the best thing that could happen to the chinese, since they can finally completely take over the car industries as well


    Rs3 better looking but nothing is better than a Mercedes inside. I think the drift mode was “forced”. They had to with the amg being faster and a drift mode. There’s be no reason to pick it. They also cleverly added more torque with the same power to achieve a faster 0-60 time. If that’s all they’ve done then the a45s should still be faster after then. But if the rs3 doesn’t allow that then the power “claimed” is more than stated.


      @Steve Cooper lol maybe on wet a bit like the golf r. But that’s what I mean it needed something else to help feel like it wasn’t behind since it was down on power. I’m not in any position to buy any. But I’m very interested to see the race as much as the fan boys.

    • Steve Cooper
      Steve Cooper

      @KING SISQO yes I think A45 is better inside but RS3 better outside too, I really don’t get the drifting, it’s a Quattro it’s not meant to move around 🙈 I don’t believe it can drift anyway, maybe on a very wet race circuit


      @Steve Cooper I’m an rs3 fan. But I’m a little unsure about your statement. Doubt it’ll “kick its arse”. Be close. Not much but I’d need to see both perform. But I defo prefer inside the a45

    • Steve Cooper
      Steve Cooper

      RS3 will kick the amg 45 ‘s arse, it will have more than 400 hp never mind hey 🤣

  • Gerto Heupink
    Gerto Heupink

    totally uninteresting. When do you get your Tesla Plaid

    • Baran Goran
      Baran Goran

      Whats a Plaid?

    • Garo Sama
      Garo Sama

      Nah, Teslas are just Golfcarts. Boring trash with build qualities like Ladas.

  • Smokke

    Can’t wait for the on hands review 👏🏽👏🏽

  • Leonardo 0251
    Leonardo 0251

    Way better than the a45

  • Steveh Hall
    Steveh Hall

    Well you could tell us what it's like to drive. Otherwise post like this are pointless.. Huh?

  • Peter Wood
    Peter Wood

    Front looks weird AF

  • Mark Elliott
    Mark Elliott

    Drift mode why try it on the main road land up with a smashed car 🤦‍♂️

  • ibrahim

    a45s vs slr mattt

  • HVAC Quality Assurance
    HVAC Quality Assurance

    This is a commercial, not a review

  • Roy Moorman
    Roy Moorman

    Are you doing reviews remotely now, without even driving ?

  • Made In Britain
    Made In Britain

    And now I love the RS3 even more!

  • Jose Perez
    Jose Perez

    Really wished they didn’t discontinued the TT RS

  • FreedomWarrior

    Not a good design. Old ones are much better.

  • Keiron Macleod
    Keiron Macleod

    Not a fan of the seats but wow Audi have really looked to have hit the ball out of the park with the new RS3

  • Ashime Roanabua
    Ashime Roanabua

    Please make a video with the worlds fastest audi rs7 from power tuning! It does 0-60 in under 2.5sec and 60-120 in 4.6 sec!!

  • newest bear
    newest bear

    Amg is much nicer looking. The last rs3 looked better, this looks like a gta knockoff of a real life cat

  • Not Pende1o
    Not Pende1o

    Remaster the s1 audi😍😍😍😍😉

  • Rodney Alkins
    Rodney Alkins

    Hi Mr Watson, I have seen you reviewed the NISMO GTR Skyline and that was awesome. Is it possible for you to review mainly for the drag race portion (LOL) the NOTE NISMO S versus the Suzuki Swift Sport. The NISMO S is JDM but I believe someone may have one in the UK. The are both 1.6L engines.

  • Gregory UK
    Gregory UK

    AMG has better styling. But Audi 👌

  • Shadz

    Yes definitely better looking than the A45

  • LogicPak

    Looks like a SEAT cupra

    • Steve Cooper
      Steve Cooper


  • reqqwrq24

    R. Pause S. Pause Torque Splitter Aka Arse splitter

  • Alexis

    Honestly... It looks horrendous! Such a busy design with fake grills, exhausts and a bunch of black plastic trim... And you need to pay extra for a lot of sports equipment like the sports exhaust..? On an RS3??! Wtf is going on in the car world...

  • Roy Stocks
    Roy Stocks

    Ugly af, the a45s is a much better looking car

    • Lucius Sander
      Lucius Sander

      I agree 100%

  • Skippy Smith
    Skippy Smith

    That Audi looks like a Honda civic WTF !

  • Hamza Mahmood
    Hamza Mahmood

    Can't be the only one who finds all Audi's ugly 😳

  • Marcus Davis
    Marcus Davis

    I hate that long fake vent at the back. But outside of that I love this car.

  • Habib Tahar Djebbar
    Habib Tahar Djebbar

    Race it against the golf R and the a45s

  • Michael Michaels
    Michael Michaels

    So overrated and uninspired design (meaning overkill)! I mean, the RS4 is brilliant but this model just isn't!

  • Stephen Harding
    Stephen Harding

    Best 5 cylinder Audi, not a hope! Audi Sport quattro

  • Mlungisi Masango
    Mlungisi Masango

    The car is so new that audi didnt alllow you to drive it bcz they knew what you would do to it lol from SA🇿🇦

  • FaceliftGT

    Awesome car!, Someone knows if it excatly the Same torque Vectoring diff as the Mk8R?😀🙄

  • Tony

    why are you complaining on everything

  • Tony

    there is nothing fake about that exhaust

  • Toby's Cars
    Toby's Cars


  • Mark C. Ryan
    Mark C. Ryan

    *cries in Canadian*

  • John Galt
    John Galt

    I'm sure the US market is stuck with the sedan and no hatch. Just like we don't get the RSQ3 >:(

  • Joel

    Not really a fan of this especially the interior

  • GoRdiNhO pRa TuDo
    GoRdiNhO pRa TuDo

    Dragrace, Audi rs3 New, A45 AMG, end BMW m140 please