Audi S3 review, specifications, price and 0-60 time

David Vivian
4 Feb 2015

Hugely competent and very quick, but there are more entertaining fast hatches available

Evo Rating: 
Grip, quality, exhaust note
A bit too safe a pair of hands

evo Verdict

If you’re a head-rules-heart kind of buyer, the S3 will probably suit you down to the ground, across which it will be impressively rapid and make a stirring noise, especially if you opt for the S-Tronic double-clutcher which will insert a naughty exhaust ‘thrrapp’ between full-throttle upshifts. It’s easy to live with, won’t punish you at the petrol pumps and comes with a full measure of Audiness in its build, finish and tech. If only it was a little more entertaining and involving to drive, it would be hard to resist indeed.

evo tip

If your credit card is gravitating towards an S3 make sure you book a test drive of the VW Golf R as well. There’s not much between them in price but they are surprisingly different in character. The Audi is undoubtedly the classier proposition, but the Golf is a revelation on the road.

evo Comment

‘Despite a few reservations, we really like the Audi S3 and know many owners who feel the same. It may not be the last word in driver involvement but its effortless point-to-point pace, more than reasonable economy, everyday practicality and usability and superb build, finish and tech add up to something a bit special.’

David Vivian, Contributing Road Tester, evo

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