Audi S3 Saloon review – prices, specs and 0-60 time

Antony Ingram
21 Apr 2015

Audi's hot hatch gains a handsome appendage but still lags some rivals for fun factor

Evo Rating: 
Fast, beautifully built, huge grip
Numb steering

evo Verdict

Audi’s compact performance saloon builds on the strengths of the hatchback models but doesn’t offer any greater levels of entertainment. If you want a fast saloon that’s usable every day, looks good, won’t punish you at every fuel stop and offers all-weather performance then look no further – but the S3 still falls a few percent short of providing a truly entertaining drive.

evo Tip

Unless you’re dead set on the saloon both the S3 hatchback and S3 Sportback offer the same performance for less money, so both are worth a look – as is the Volkswagen Golf R, which uses the same drivetrain but offers more fun on a twisty road.

evo Comment

'The new S3 Saloon rights many previous Audi wrongs, with crisp steering and a supple ride. It's not perfect though, and despite its similarity under the skin to the Volkswagen Golf R, it somehow falls short of delivering the engaging driving characteristics that make that car great.'

Dan Prosser, evo Road Test Editor

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