Audi RS3 vs BMW 1 Series M Coupe
Both the Audi RS3 and BMW 1M are a solution to a complex equation. Time for some Top Gear maths...
Posted: 26 Sep 2011
So 1M lines up alongside RS3 and instantly wins round one by looking so much cooler. The Audi can be neatly pigeon-holed as a hot hatch, and a plain-speaking, practically-minded five-door one at that, but the BMW is trickier to position, because it's not a hatch. It's just not. It's a two-door saloon, just like the original M3. This is no bad thing - the scalloped sides, balloon arches and low tail give it an attitude the RS3 can only dream of and totally disguise the fact the Bee-Emm is actually longer, wider and taller. Weird, huh?
Of course it's less practical, but does that really matter? Does it? If it does, buy the Audi and be on your way, but surely it's enough that both can handle four people, some bags, have options lists with scope and depth, and feel like they won't let you down either from trim falling off or a failure to start on a cold morning.