There’s a sense of understatement to the RS3’s interior that seems odd at first, but it begins to make sense when you consider the car as Quattro GmbH clearly does: not so much as the maddest, wildest, hottest of hot hatchbacks on the block but rather as a feeder car for the rest of Audi’s RS performance range.
This is an Audi, after all, and the garish extravagance of volume brands in performance mode, or even of a Focus RS's or A45’s cabin, wouldn’t do. So some may find the RS3’s interior a bit monotone – soulless, even. But this cabin is as immaculately finished as it is pleasingly practical and there really aren’t many other charges you could level at it.
You have to look harder than expected for the extra-special go-faster fitments, which would suggest that Audi could have afforded to be a little bit bolder and freer with them. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is leather-Alcantara, for example, and just tactile enough to excite the fingertips but absolutely no more so.
The instruments look pretty stock, until you investigate them closely enough to see the boost gauge inset into the rev counter (handy for timing your launch control starts) and find the lap timer incorporated into the drive computer.