Audi S3 Sportback review
Tim Robson experimented on the road and assessed the new Audi S3 Sportback with specifications, fuel consumption and judgment.
Audi’s lineup includes insane versions of many long and striking cars, and includes some really crazy metals. RS7, anyone?
The recently updated all-wheel drive (AWD) S3 is the starting point for Audi’s sizzle since the S1 baby’s demise, and it’s a very good shield for both A3 and RS3 stocks. of bonkers.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
The A3’s angular five-door shape doesn’t need a lot of rework to give it a firmer edge, and the full bodykit, 18-inch rims and a huge spring instantly add a level of sophistication to the neck. votes of the stylish A3 hatch.
The S3 is actually 25 mm lower than a classic car, which is a significant decrease in ride height.
The full size map screen in particular is fantastic.
Front and rear LED lights, quad exhaust pipes and exaggerated grille all contribute to the S3 enhancement.
The front bar ends quite low against the ground, but the front sensors do a good job of keeping it off the parking block before you find them via braille.
How realistic is the inner space? 6/10
Without a doubt, the star of the all-black S3 cabin is the dash display. Easy to read and beautiful to look at, the so-called virtual screen has two main views, with each view having a range of options for themselves.
Basically, it completely displays a retractable but outdated central screen, saving for functions like audio and similar settings.
The full size map screen in particular is great and displays lots of – or little – information about your surroundings when you need it.
Watch out for caution – playing with the screen can be distracting at first and nothing else distracted by the phone. Fiddle with the settings at the traffic lights!
Sports-focused front seats may not be powered, but they are fully heated and manually adjusted including front and rear wheelbase as well as expandable base cushion. They also do not support massively.
The low vehicle height and relatively narrow rear aperture make it a chore to load a toddler.
The rear seat is deep and comfortable according to a friend of 190cm, with enough leg room, head and toes behind an average-sized driver. There are also air vents allotted to the rear seat.
Cargo volume is rated at 340 liters with the rear seats up; that’s a 40-liter drop from the A3 front, thanks to the S3’s AWD components downstairs. Total loading space with 60/40 down seats is 1180 liters.
There is no rear flippers, but the back is bent to an almost flat position. Kudos for Audi to include a cargo net and hook for rear boot space, too.
There are ISOFIX child seat racks on the outside seats, but the low car height and relatively narrow rear aperture make it difficult to load a toddler.
Although there are two cupholders at the front, they are shallow and wide, which means the taller bottle is unstable. They are also hidden under the center console, restricting height and making access difficult.
The front door bottle holders also have sloping guide edges but a flat base, leaving the bottles around in the compartment.
The center box is shallow but can easily hold a full size phone.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
Audi calls the S3 its most affordable performance car. Priced at $ 62,900 plus hatchways (or Audi’s Sportback nomenclature), it’s reasonably well-equipped for cash, with some surprising shortcomings.
You’ll expect things like leather trim, satellite navigation and blind spot alerts and you’ll get them. However, the use of optional kits is a bit surprising.
At $ 62,900 (up $ 1800 compared to the previous car), the S3 hatch hatch has automatic lights and wipers, an improved auto parking function can take the S3 into perpendicular space, automatic emergency braking , basic radar cruise control, dual zone climate control, LED headlights and taillights and side assistance.
S3’s suspension is stiffer than before.
A pair of S Performance packages add adaptive dampers, sportier seats and better stereo sound for $ 3,490.
Add another $ 1500 and you can get 19-inch rims and nicer seats.
The additional safety kit, too, is an extra cost (see below).
Our tester’s Vegas Yellow was an additional $ 650, while the metal finish was $ 1150.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
S3’s updated 2.0-liter EA888 four-cylinder petrol engine is increased by a kilowatt – up to three 213kW – and a useful torque – up 20Nm to 380 from 1500 rpm / minute.
The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is new and unique to the S3, with shorter gears for better rest and higher gears for a more comfortable train ride. It also has the ability to separate itself from the drivetrain – called a stop – when closing the throttle valve to reduce drag and thus fuel consumption.
A six-speed manual is available, and has the same transmission characteristics as a dual-clutch gearbox.
The S3’s suspension is stiffer than before and it runs on the front MacPherson struts complemented by four-link rear heads and electromechanical steering.
Its permanent AWD setup is a Haldex system designed to send additional drives to the rear depending on the settings of the five-mode drive selection switch.