Is The Audi RS3 Sportback Better Than The Mercedes-AMG A45?

The Mercedes-AMG A45 used to be the hot hatch king, until Audi introduced the facelifted RS3 Sportback earlier this year.

Ingolstadt’s performance model makes an impressive 400PS (395hp) and 480Nm (354lb-ft) of torque, from a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine. Naught to 100km/h (62mph) takes 4.1sec, and top speed is electronically capped at 250km/h (155mph), or 280km/h (174mph), depending on the selected options.

Head over to Mercedes and you will find that the AMG A45 has similar numbers: 381PS (376hp) and 475Nm (350lb-ft) of torque, produced by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This hot hatch needs 4.2sec to cover the 0 to 100km/h (62mph) sprint, and has the same electronically limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph).

With these numbers, which used to be reserved for supercars until not that long ago, it’s not easy to choose one of the two, especially when they appear to be even faster from naught to 100km/h in the real world. However, there’s more than meets the eye, according to CarWow’s Mat Watson, who went for a drive in both machines and came up with a result that may surprise you.


  • Six_Tymes

    shame its so expensive when fully loaded

  • salamOOn

    i dont care about video, my pick is RS3…..

    • javier

      i don’t care about the video, my pick is the AMG

  • ErnieB

    Let me guess .. he picked the Audi? Lol

  • janon

    A45 sharper, better for track days, a bit like a race car, weightier (which means *better*, let’s all get real here… Audi steering continues to just suck for feel generation after generation) steering… but the RS3 got the “fun” box ticked? That’s odd. It’s also enormously expensive. In the US, the sedan set up the way the one in the vid is weighs in at nearly *$70k* (nearly $10k more than the Merc)

    Gotta say if I wanted to go VAG I think the Golf R is a far better buy than the RS3.

    • KidRed

      I’ve never heard any Mercedes described as “sharper” or “better for track days” compared to any car. Literally, I’ve never heard or read that about any Mercedes.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Both cars are sexy and I’d be happy with either one.

    I do love that green color on the AMG and remember my reaction when I saw that color debut on the facelifted models; I was in awe. That green is gorgeous. Then again, I am biased since green is my favorite color.

  • DM

    Tough choice, but I’d go with the Audi just because it will age better. But the Mercedes it just as good.