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Test bench | Audi RS3 competition

Audi could have a hard time facing its RS3 rivals, the Mercedes A-Class AMG, Subaru WRX and Volkswagen Golf R. The manufacturer could even be worried.

Mercedes A-Class AMG

Price: from $ 45,500 (2021)

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Mercedes A-Class AMG

Like the A3, the Class A seeks to win over new customers. And just like the small Audi, this Mercedes also offers a spicier version (prepared by its AMG subsidiary) capable of scrapping with the S3. Faced with this, the A-Class has the advantage of offering consumers the choice between a classic sedan and a hatchback, and a more vibrant interior presentation. In terms of pure performance, however, the A35 AMG is behind the S3.

Subaru WRX

Price: from $ 44,000 (estimate)

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Subaru WRX

For now, Subaru does not reveal anything about the characteristics of its future STi. Logically, it will be based on Subaru’s overall architecture (code name SGP) and will likely be powered by the in-house supercharged 2.4L four-cylinder. This will however be the subject of a serious upgrade, and already some are whispering that the power could reach 400 hp. These would pass through a manual gearbox. If this information is confirmed and the price remains below the $ 50,000 mark, the RS3 could have some concern, as long as the buyer can deal with three pedals …

Volkswagen Golf R

Price: from $ 44,995

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Volkswagen Golf R

In the eyes of some consumers, the Golf R will represent a credible alternative to the S3. More powerful than this one, but a bit slower however, the Volkswagen has no options (apart from the DSG box and the panoramic roof) and is the subject of a basic protection as generous as that of its enemy sister d ‘Audi.

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