Audi S3 review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Interior

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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

It’s unlikely anyone will have difficulty getting comfortable behind the wheel of any Audi S3. The steering wheel has plenty of reach and rake adjustment, and the manually adjustable driver’s seat allows you to get sat nice and low behind the steering wheel. It is a shame, though, considering how much the S3 costs, that electric seat adjustment and adjustable lumbar support are available only as options. 

Visibility is, unsurprisingly, identical to that offered by the regular Audi A3, with decently sized windows that provide a good view out. Rear parking sensors and LED headlights are standard on all models. Front sensors and a rear camera are available, but only as part of an option pack or as standard on top Vorsprung trim.

Despite the addition of the diamond stitched sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a few S3 logos dotted around the interior, the S3 looks and feels very similar to a bog standard A3. Some, of course, will appreciate this understated approach – it is after all, what Audi does best. But compared to the visual feast that is the Mercedes-AMG A35’s interior, some will undoubtedly think Audi has been a little too restrained with the S3. 

The S3 gets closer to the A35 for material quality, but it isn’t faultless. The dashboard’s prominent plastic ledge isn't particularly appealing when you touch it, plus there are some cheaper-feeling materials around the centre console. You can argue the same is true of the A35, but the BMW M135i feels plusher and more solid throughout. 

Another place the BMW has the edge is on infotainment. Like the standard A3, the S3 gets a large, 10.1in touchscreen infotainment system, but it can be a little distracting to use on the move as there are no physical controls. So, unlike the M135i, which allows you to keep most of your attention on the road while you scroll down a list and make selections using a rotary controller, in the S3 you have to look directly at the touchscreen to find and hit the icon you need. 

On the plus side, the screen is sharp, with good graphics, and the menus respond quickly. It's also packed with features – including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, plus in-built navigation – while the reasonably priced and thoroughly recommendable Comfort and Sound pack adds a brilliant Bang & Olufsen surround-sound stereo with more power and extra speakers. Wireless phone charging is another useful option.

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