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Audi RS3 Sportback hatchback (2015-2017) - Practicality & boot space

Despite its sports-car performance, the Audi RS3 remains a practical five-door with a big boot

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Not many performance cars of the RS3’s calibre offer such a practical layout, with five seats, five doors and a big boot.

Audi RS3 Sportback interior space and storage

Compared to the three-door A3, the five-door Sportback is 35mm longer between the front and rear wheels. This frees up some welcome legroom in the rear, so even passengers over six feet tall will be comfortable.

Deep door bins and lots of cubbyholes and cup-holders make the most of the interior space on offer. The firm suspension fitted to make the car’s handling sporty means the RS3 can feel a bit uncomfortable on longer journeys and on poor road surfaces. This can be mitigated in part by the optional adaptive suspension, while all the power on offer means the cabin is very hushed when cruising.

Boot space

The A3 Sportback's longer wheelbase boosts boot space by 50 litres compared to the three-door version of the A3, but the quattro four-wheel drive system in the RS3 eats into boot space, so it's only 280 litres - the same as a Volkswagen Polo. Drop the rear seats and the square load area jumps to 1,120 litres.

The boot lip is quite low, though, making it easy to load luggage, while the square shape lets you make the most of that space.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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