2019 Audi S3 review – as the posh hot hatch enters its twilight years, is it still worth a look? - Performance

The Audi S3 is fast and well built, but lacks the character or outright handling brilliance so many in this class portray

Evo rating
  • Grip, composure, quality
  • A safe pair of hands, and feeling old compared to fresh rivals

Performance and 0-60 time

Measured against any reasonable benchmark, the Audi S3 is a very quick car. Now featuring a standard dual-clutch transmission, 62mph is reached in 4.7sec. The eagle-eyed among you might notice this is a 0.1sec drop over last year’s model, and for that we can thank new WLTP regulations, and the changes Audi made to meet them.

Still, this may sound like an increasingly average time, especially when the era of a sub-four second to 62mph hot hatchback is more common than you might expect. However, the Audi’s prodigious Quattro system and reliably fast transmission make that figure achievable in nearly all conditions. Saloon models share the same performance figures, but the heavier S3 Cabriolet has to concede a further half-second due to that extra bulk.

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0-62mph (claimed)

Top speed (claimed)


S3 Sportback S-tronic




S3 Saloon S-tronic




S3 Cabriolet S-tronic




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