2020 Audi S3 vs 2020 Audi RS 3 Comparison in Columbus, OH

The sportiest models from Audi are easy to identify. It's all in the name. When you see the 2020 Audi S3, you'll know immediately that it's a sport-tuned version of the standard Audi A3 with more power, more engineering and more technology to give you an even more exciting drive. The 2020 Audi RS3 picks up where the S3 left off, further adding even more power and features for you to enjoy! When you're looking for a compact sedan that's at home on the highway and at the track, both these cars will serve you well. But which one is the better fit for your life, needs and budget? Find out below where we'll highlight the differences between the 2020 Audi S3 and 2020 Audi RS3.

2020 Audi S3 vs 2020 Audi RS 3 Exterior

2020 Audi S3 vs 2020 Audi RS3: Exterior Design

Being that both these performance cars are based on the Audi A3 sedan, they're almost identical on the outside to the untrained eye. So, let us train yours. Other than the badging, the 2020 Audi RS3 sets itself apart from the 2020 Audi S3 with a unique honeycomb front grille with quattro®-branded matte aluminium surround. It also has 19" alloy wheels compared to the standard 18" wheels on the Audi S3.

The 2020 Audi S3 still enjoys a sporty profile thanks to features like its quad exhaust tips and trunk lip spoiler. The 2020 Audi RS3 features dual oversized exhaust tips that similarly help the engine to breathe deeply and rumble confidently.

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2020 Audi S3 vs 2020 Audi RS 3 Interior

2020 Audi S3 vs 2020 Audi RS3: Interior Features

On the inside, the 2020 Audi S3 and RS3 combine sporty performance with premium comfort. You'll love the standard leather upholstery, heated front seats and touchscreen multimedia systems with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology. Dual-zone automatic climate control lets you and your co-pilot enjoy personalized temperature settings while a panoramic sunroof lets you enjoy those perfect California mornings even more.

In the 2020 Audi S3, the front seats feature power adjustment. To save weight, the 2020 Audi RS3 features manual front seats. Furthermore, the Audi RS3 is available with the optional RS Design interior. With Crescendo Red contrast stitching throughout the interior, red seat belt and vent housing accents, leatherette-covered knee pads and RS-branded floor mats, this package gives you an even sportier look with extra padding to protect your knees under hard cornering.

2020 Audi S3 vs 2020 Audi RS3: Technology

When it comes to technology, you can't go wrong with either of these cars. They both feature MMI® infotainment with available navigation and the Audi Advanced Key system for convenient vehicle access, remote trunk opening and push-button start.

However, the Audi Phone Box is optional on the 2020 Audi S3, but standard on the RS3. It's a combination wireless device charging pad and signal booster that keeps your phone juiced up and connected, even on remote stretches of highway where reception can be spotty.

2020 Audi S3 vs 2020 Audi RS 3 Features

2020 Audi S3 vs 2020 Audi RS3: Safety

While neither of these models have been individually crash tested, the 2020 Audi A3 from which they're both derived earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That means you can count on both the 2020 Audi S3 and RS3 to provide outstanding toughness in the event of a crash. Plus, since these models get the added grip and traction of quattro® all-wheel drive, you'll have even more control and confidence in wet weather.

2020 Audi S3 vs 2020 Audi RS3: Performance

With a turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 228 horsepower, the 2020 Audi S3 is legitimately quick. But when you want the most powerful Audi sedan around, the 2020 Audi RS3 features a rare inline five-cylinder engine. Cribbed from the Audi TT sports car, the engine under the hood of the 2020 Audi RS3 makes a whopping 394 horsepower. That's a whole lot of power for a compact sedan! And since it's a five-cylinder engine, the Audi RS3 boasts a totally unique engine rumble. Naturally, this extra horsepower makes the RS3 a bit quicker than the Audi S3.

Furthermore, the 2020 Audi RS3 comes standard with Audi Magnetic Ride suspension. This system adapts the suspension to match the current road conditions and your current driving style. That's an optional upgrade on the 2020 Audi S3.

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Which Audi Sedan Is Right For You?

The 2020 Audi S3 is a bona fide performance sedan with a small footprint and a small price to match. It starts at an MSRP of just $43,000, and is available in two trim levels. Step up to the Premium Plus trim level for an MSRP of $45,600 and you'll get some of the additional equipment from the 2020 Audi RS3 such as the premium Bang & Olufsen® audio system and Audi phone box. But, if you demand the quickest sedan in its segment, the 2020 Audi RS3 is offered in just one trim level that starts at an MSRP of $56,200.

The 2020 Audi S3 is a bona fide performance sedan with a small footprint and a small price to match. It starts at an MSRP of just $43,000, and is available in two trim levels. Step up to the Premium Plus trim level for an MSRP of $45,600 and you'll get some of the additional equipment from the 2020 Audi RS3 such as the premium Bang & Olufsen® audio system and Audi phone box. But, if you demand the quickest sedan in its segment, the 2020 Audi RS3 is offered in just one trim level that starts at an MSRP of $56,200.

2020 Audi S32020 Audi RS 3
$43,000Starting MSRP*$56,200
288Horsepower394
280Torque (lb-ft)354
Standardquattro® All-Wheel DriveStandard
AvailableMagnetic Ride SuspensionStandard
4.6 Seconds0-60 MPH Time3.9 Seconds
18" Alloy WheelsStandard Wheels19" Alloy Wheels
AvailableAuto-Dimming Rear-View MirrorStandard
AvailableBang & Olufsen® 14-Speaker Audio SystemStandard
Not AvailableAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable

*Prices exclude $995 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.