17 August 2017

The new Audi RS3 is a monster of a hot hatchback. It has a 2.5-litre, turbocharged, five cylinder engine making a whopping 394bhp, which it puts through all four of its wheels.

So it should be faster than the (relatively) puny 335bhp BMW M140i, right? 

Well, let's see, in this Audi RS3 versus BMW M140i track battle. 

But going faster from point-to-point is one thing. Having fun while you're doing it is quite another. And so to the more pertinent question: which of these mega hot hatchbacks its the more entertaining steer. Join Matt Prior and Mauro Calo as they find out.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior
Title: Editor-at-large

Matt is Autocar’s lead features writer and presenter, is the main face of Autocar’s YouTube channel, presents the My Week In Cars podcast and has written his weekly column, Tester’s Notes, since 2013.

Matt is an automotive engineer who has been writing and talking about cars since 1997. He joined Autocar in 2005 as deputy road test editor, prior to which he was road test editor and world rally editor for Channel 4’s automotive website, 4Car. 

Into all things engineering and automotive from any era, Matt is as comfortable regularly contributing to sibling titles Move Electric and Classic & Sports Car as he is writing for Autocar. He has a racing licence, and some malfunctioning classic cars and motorbikes. 

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5wheels 23 August 2017


I still love the Audi 5 cyl those of u with a memory will relate back to the iriginal quattro (which i had and enjoyed and the wife of that time had the coupe also 5cyl. Modern materials and technology have doubled the outpuit thank you Audi. Yes more expensive than the Beemer but the tyre wear trying to keep up with the Audi woukld soon even the price margin and the interior is not only 100% more pleasant it is also better finished. Oh and of course if you want to be a holligan you could shift to 100% rear wheel drive - which few would bother as its pointless

skiwi 23 August 2017


Does Autocar think we are 13? The short gent in the BMW sawing at the wheel while the Audi disappeared in front says it all really.  You wouldn't even do that trick on the way to the local as plod would take 1 look at your antics and you'd have some explaining to do.  That is pre-supposing you would be able to pull a drift on a 2-way without soiling yourself.

Note to Autocar - let's see how the cars handle, and which is faster around the circuit, not which rewards juveniles best...

Peter Cavellini 19 August 2017

The Bland- mobile.......?

Yes, the Audi is bland to look at, needs to look a bit more aggressive, as it looks now I'd walk by it because of this,as for how it goes,well, you takes your pick,nothing wrong in that.