2022 Audi RS3 First Drive: Get It While You Can


2022 Audi RS3 First Drive: Get It While You Can

Audi’s updated RS3 delivers strong dynamics to enthusiasts looking for something a little different.

We drove the new 2022 Audi RS3 near the end of last year in Euro-spec guise and came away impressed. We’ve now driven the U.S.-market 2022 Audi RS3, and our latest experience of the small sedan reinforces our original impressions: This is a compact performance car worthy of attention from drivers who appreciate fun dynamics. And if you desire to drive something a little different, the RS3 is an even more compelling option.

What’s New To The Eye

Audi calls the 2022 RS3 “all new,” but it still rides on the MQB platform that underpinned the previous model. There are notable improvements on offer, however, and even a quick glance at this second-generation version causes you to take note of its more aggressive exterior styling. For the starting price of $59,995, you get a black roof that contrasts with bright body colors like Kyalami Green, Python Yellow, and Turbo Blue (“traditional” colors like red, white, gray, black, and more are available). Exaggerated wheel-arch flares, a larger grille and front air intakes, and a more aggressive rear bumper and slightly bigger wicker-style spoiler are other obvious visual differences. The same goes for the LED taillights and headlights, which feature amusing entry/exit animations including an “R-S-3” graphic that illuminated in-step on the driver’s-side front lamp, and a checkered flag pattern on the other. If that’s not enough, the new version’s sharper side-scalloping gives the RS3 greater presence and curb appeal compared to its predecessor.

We generally praise Audi for creating some of the best interiors in the business, and this is the case with the RS3’s cockpit. It’s new across the board, from the steering wheel to the dash to the shifter to the honeycomb-stitched sport seats, and its overall look is one of clean, aggressive precision. Add the $1,500 Design package and you get carbon-fiber trim pieces, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, and Kyalami Green stitching, dash pieces, and seat trim. Note: You won’t be able to choose anything but that bright green for cabin accents, at least for now.

The article from Motor Trend goes more in depth.