Which would you choose: the Audi S4 or the Audi RS3?

Audi has an excellent sporting sedan with its updated S4. There’s a problem though, and it exists within the automaker’s own family. It’s called the Audi RS3.
Which would you choose if you were in the market for such a car? The S4 has more room and can be had for less depending on how its spec’d. The RS3 makes 400 horsepower from its inline five-cylinder engine, awesome noise from its exhaust, and features RS-tuned suspension, steering, and quattro all-wheel-drive.
You’re not going to wind up with a bad car, no matter which one wins your heart (and cash). You might be reconsidering though, anytime you find yourself next to the other in traffic.
Which one would you choose?

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11 responses to “Which would you choose: the Audi S4 or the Audi RS3?”

  1. Fred Talmadge Avatar
    Fred Talmadge

    Why don’t you come by my house someday and bring both of those cars. Then I’ll let you know.

  2. HuntRhymesWith Avatar

    Or you could get a new ZL1 1LE AND a B5 S4

  3. Zentropy Avatar

    Neither is the easy answer. The lighter, more powerful RS3 is the more difficult one.

  4. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Quantitatively, the RS3 beats the S4 in everything but volume, but longitudinal V6 beats transverse I5.

    1. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      mmmmmm, i’m gonna hand the win to I5 on exhaust note.

    2. crank_case Avatar

      The thing about the RS3, is the next stage is comparing against a Golf R, and dropping another cylinder – and the Golf R wins with 20k change to play with.
      So if I lived in the US and hand ankle biters to ferry around, what I’d buy for the money is.. a GT86 and a Sienna.
      I don’t really get fast family cars, you’re just gonna end up cleaning up baby sick off the seats.

      1. JayP Avatar

        Only thing better than a fast sedan is a fast wagon.

      2. outback_ute Avatar

        The family is not in the car all the time

        1. crank_case Avatar

          True, but with a limited pot, I’d take a nimble wee sports car + comfy utility mobile over a fast wagon, which though powerful is still going to be a heavier beast. Just me though.

  5. DoctorNine Avatar

    The TT RS wins. Neither of the others interest me.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      Coupes get an automatic demerit for lack of utility. 5D>4D>3D>2D>convertible