Audi S3 review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Audi S3 2021 front
  • Audi S3 2021 front
  • Audi S3 2020 rear cornering
  • Audi S3 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Audi S3 2020 rear seats
  • Audi S3 2020 infotainment
  • Audi S3 2020 right front cornering
  • Audi S3 2020 right panning
  • Audi S3 2020 headlights detail
  • Audi S3 2020 rear detail static
  • Audi S3 2020 right panning
  • Audi S3 2020 instrument panel
  • Audi S3 2020 boot open
  • Audi S3 2021 front
  • Audi S3 2020 rear cornering
  • Audi S3 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Audi S3 2020 rear seats
  • Audi S3 2020 infotainment
  • Audi S3 2020 right front cornering
  • Audi S3 2020 right panning
  • Audi S3 2020 headlights detail
  • Audi S3 2020 rear detail static
  • Audi S3 2020 right panning
  • Audi S3 2020 instrument panel
  • Audi S3 2020 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Hot hatches used to be about cheap thrills. That's what made the category the Audi S3 slots into so irresistible – you could have a bigger engine and sharper handling for only a few thousand pounds more than you’d pay for an unspectacular runaround.

Well, there are still hot hatches that offer smiles on a relative shoestring, but the S3 is definitely not one of them. Indeed, it's among the most expensive options in the class, although it does come with the firepower to compete with the BMW M135i and Volkswagen Golf R. Indeed, it's as fast in a straight line as a V8-powered Audi R8 from just a decade ago.

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New car deals
Save up to £574
Target Price from £39,291
Save up to £574
or from £445pm
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Nearly new deals
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Leasing deals
From £482pm
RRP price range £39,865 - £39,865
Number of trims (see all)1
Number of engines (see all)1
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 34.9 - 34.9
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £475 / £3,380
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £951 / £6,759
Available colours