The fundamentals of the RS3’s cabin haven’t changed a great deal as part of Audi’s mid-cycle overhaul.
You’re getting a little bit more equipment as standard than you might have two years ago, as well as a little bit more life and colour splashed around the place if, as our test car had, your car has Audi’s £800 RS Design Pack fitted.
That gets you a welcome helping of red stitching for the seats and various other bits of leather upholstery, some red edging for its seatbelts, red accents for its air vents and garishly branded RS3 floor mats.
If another manufacturer were trying to sell a performance car based on a hatchback available for little more than £20,000 at over twice that price, we’d be watching very closely that the car in question was up to snuff in terms of perceived quality.
The material class of the RS3’s cabin is beyond question, though. It feels tactile, solid and upmarket exactly where it’s intended to and the smattering of richer than average materials – the Alcantara sections on the steering wheel, extended leather on the door cards and centre console and shiny metallic sports pedals – all do the trick in lifting the ambience that bit above the ordinary.
You do sit slightly perched at the controls, farther above the car’s belt line than you’d ideally like, and with necessarily bent knees if you’re long-legged.