Audi S3 review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol
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Introduction

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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.

You can choose between a five-door hatchback (Sportback) or a saloon body, the latter competing with the BMW M235i and Mercedes A35 AMG Saloon. But whichever body you choose for your S3, you'll get a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine under the bonnet, which feeds 306bhp to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

So, you already know the Audi S3 is fast – but is it good fun through the corners? And how does it square up against its closest rivals, the M135i and Golf R, as well as more hardcore hot hatches like the Honda Civic Type R? Over the next few pages, this Audi S3 review will answer all those questions and more.

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At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? petrol
MPG range across all versions34.9 - 34.9
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£469 / £3,346
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£938 / £6,692

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