Audi S3 Saloon review – Telegraph

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Audi S3

Small saloons aren’t in the UK – but this high-performance should make people sit up and notice

The first ever A3 went on sale earlier year but as ever with you don’t have to wait for a performance variant to come

It’s no coincidence that the A3 joins the world’s largest segment the compact saloon Despite the European preference for the rest of the world loves a car and the S3 saloon actually has more load space than the

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The body sits 25mm than lesser A3 saloons, the package also includes an braking system brakes 340mm front discs.

In the the S3 Saloon is set apart by S sports instruments with grey and trim strips in black 3D It’s all very dark, the black trim relieved by brushed aluminium inlays and sill trims with S3 The leather-trimmed steering (with flat bottom, naturally) is to hold and the seats are comfortable yet supportive during enthusiastic

Talking of which, on the road the S3 is a missile, covering ground yet energetically. The composure and grip are reassuring yet it’s all incredibly I had expected it to be more akin to Subarus and Mitsubishis but the Audi is more refined while just as involving for the driver. In the S3 just grips and goes.

That engine might be a four-cylinder but it’s packed character, sounding even at higher revs when in the exhaust system open to the full aural experience.

The is strong and linear, heightened by Dynamic mode on the standard Drive Select set-up. torque is available between and 5,500rpm, the latter figure with peak power, that the S3 is effortlessly quick thanks to its compact size, for rapid overtaking manoeuvres. The S changes are almost imperceptible, closely stacked ratios in the gears for acceleration and a tall top for more relaxed cruising and fuel consumption.

Also standard on UK cars is magnetic ride suspension, in an electric current alters the of magnetic particles in the damping oil to stiffen or soften the suspension.

is the engine’s strength that you can the transmission in fully automatic and still cover ground but start to involve the steering paddle shifts and the whole car more responsive, with a compelling soundtrack.

The steering, often a disappointment on is more involving than It’s an electrically assisted ratio system, providing assistance at low speeds and firming up as the speeds rise. It’s inert, but the front wheels faithfully to the slightest input.

In with the quattro four-wheel there’s a tendency to understeer but at speeds it’s simply

At the centre of the latest quattro is an electronically controlled and hydraulically multi-plate clutch, mounted of the rear differential in the interests of distribution. Most of the power is to the front wheels but if traction the system redirects torque to the of the car.

It all sounds very grown-up and and it is in a very Audi way. can be often be the worst kind of but the S3 manages to be road-scalding performance car and family runaround in one.

S3 Saloon quattro

Audi S3

Tested: turbocharged petrol with S tronic automatic transmission, drive

Price/on sale: £34,720 version £33,240)/now for delivery in 2014

Power/torque: 296bhp @ ft @ 1,800-5,500rpm

Top speed: 155mph limited)

Acceleration: 0-62mph in (manual 5.3sec)

Fuel 40.9mpg Combined (manual

CO2 emissions: 159g/km (manual

VED band: G (£175)

Verdict: sophisticated express. Brilliant and stability, along with engine, make the S3 a hoot to quickly but it’s just as as an everyday car

Telegraph rating: out of five stars

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