2019 Audi RS3 review – no longer the hottest of hatchbacks - Design

Audi’s RS3 and RS3 Saloon have been rejigged to meet new emissions laws, but it hasn’t upset the recipe

Evo rating
  • Stunning engine, quality cabin, improved dynamics
  • Expensive, composed but cold handling means it's faster than it is fun

Design

It is safe to say that the current Audi A3 has always been a premium yet subtle affair, so when its mid-life refresh came about last year Audi kept the changes to a minimum. All models receive a slightly reshaped grill with new angular headlights; these sit above newly designed bumpers front and rear. Like the front, the rear lights also gain new lighting graphics and there is a new roof-mounted spoiler.

For the RS3, Audi Sport definitely increased the visual punch, following a similar geometric aesthetic on both the front and rear fascias as other new RS models like the RS5 and TT-RS. As mentioned previously, buyers are able to personalise their RS3 via styling packs in aluminium, black or the standard body colour.

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Carry-over RS specific design touches include the dual oval rear exhaust pipes, widened front wheel arches and chunky side skirts that give the RS3 a load more presence. Compared to most rivals, the RS3 strikes the right balance between aggression and subtlety.

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