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First drive: Audi S3


Audi has tacked on two doors to its S3 to create the S3 Sportback Has this made it a more offering when compared to its rivals? AOL Cars drove a example to find out.

knows how to build a fast and hot hatchback. Its RS3 model, launched in showed that the Ingolstadt-based understood what made hot buyers tick. But that has died and to make sure its don’t run away completely, has created the S3 to tide us over a brand new RS3 arrives sometime in the

However, unlike some of competitors, the firm has created a S3 driven earlier this by AOL Cars and now a five-door version the S3 Sportback giving UK buyers a when it comes to selecting next performance-minded hatchback.

under the bonnet?

A brand-new four-cylinder TFSI engine pumps out 296bhp 33bhp than the outgoing S3’s and 380Nm of torque. All of this the S3 Sportback can top 155mph (electronically return 40.9mpg on the combined and get to 60mph in 5.1 seconds or 4.7 seconds the excellent seven-speed S tronic automatic ‘box is fitted. many four-cylinder engines, 2.0-litre four-pot never sounds particularly sporty.

But for the S3 the firm has fitted a different system over lesser A3 which includes a sound It opens at certain speeds more of the engine’s noise to be and little pops can also be on gear upshifts in cars with the S tronic gearbox. On the part, Audi has done a job but we dearly miss the barking unit of the old RS3.

What’s the like?

In light of its sporty in the A3 range, the S3 Sportback gets an front grille, more front and rear bumpers, side-sills, a roof spoiler, exhaust pipes and a 25mm in ride height. On the inside, are S3 dials with an integrated boost gauge, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, aluminium leather upholstery, sports Bluetooth and 4G compatibility. Base for the S3 Sportback is a competitive £31,260 for the and £32,740 for the S tronic but our test car was with tasty extras as a Bang Olufsen stereo and LED and had a RRP of £43,425!

Audi says the S3 Sportback’s rivals are the BMW M135i and the Mercedes-Benz A45 The BMW is the nearest in our minds as, while it has a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder under its bonnet, it’s 0.2 seconds quicker to 60mph and is restricted to 155mph. It’s £175 cheaper at £31,085.

The Mercedes A45, however, a rival in our opinion. With its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, in another league and would be of an Audi RS3 competitor if one existed. You call the Volvo V40 T5 R-Design a too.

While its classic five-cylinder engine is down in the stakes with ‘only’ it’s a more than a when it comes to style, its excellent cabin.

What’s it to drive?

With all of that power on tap and up to Audi’s indefatigable quattro system, the S3 Sportback makes for a cross-country machine. It’s in the corners too, with body control, bearable quality and a sense that light on its feet something larger S models never to quite pull off. But certainly not the last word in involvement.

The AOL Cars verdict

The S3 its family heritage of giving a sense of being totally from the outside world to a tasteful interior and capable abilities. The S3 is fun and thanks to a commodious there’s 1,060 litres the seats are folded, if you’re it makes for a great all-rounder. than that, the S3 points the way for a RS3 in the future.

In the mean time, though, won’t be disappointed with an S3 for us, it just doesn’t get us frothing at the like the BMW M135i does.


Model: Audi S3 Sportback 2.0 quattro S tronic

Price: (as tested)

Engine: 2.0-litre, turbocharged petrol

Power: 380Nm

Max speed: 155mph

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