AUDI S3 Sedan

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For Audi cars the ”Sport Luxury” S range sits between ordinary and luxury-high performance, with the S3 placed between A3 and RS3 (S and RS mean Sport and Racing Sport). S cars have Quattro AWD, Sports body work and internal trimmings, better brakes and suspension, and other tweaks.

AUDI S3 Sedan

The newly facelifted Audi S3 Sedan delivers minor external changes, including restyled lights, full LED headlamps, day time running lights and rear lighting, progressive rear indicators that move in turning direction, and tweaks to front grille and bumpers, with distinct U shaped surround beneath grille, but performance wise Audi has probably moved the slide rule a wee bit closer to the “hot” end of the spectrum, meaning the car is slightly more similar to the manic RS3 than the garden variety A3.

There are Aluminium look door mirrors, brushed stainless steel pedals, and expressive rear air flow diffuser with twin tail pipes on both side, and intelligently lighting matrix headlamps are optional.

The new S3 is quicker and smarter. A faster operating 7-speed S-tronic dual clutch replaces the previous car’s 6-speed gearbox. Power output is raised a bit. With the wonderfully sorted 2.0-litre engine, shared with the VW golf R, tuned to push out 213kW of power and 380Nm of torque, (the A3 by comparison has 140kW/320Nm) the S3 now nails the century sprint in 4.8 seconds – down from 5.0, merely 0.5 seconds off what the RS3 manages and 0.2 seconds behind the entry-spec Porsche 911.

The Quattro All Wheel Drive distributes torque between front/rear axles, left/right wheels to deliver best possible grip, traction and neutral driving behaviour.

At the wheel, the car feels eminently quicker than before, steering is as sharp and steely, the throttle as sensitive, and the compact and taut body as agile and forgiving.

The optional Magnetic Suspension uses rapidly responding magnetically reactive material in the suspension's damper oil. To single out a trait that really raises the level of spicyness, it would have to be its drive select Individual mode, which has a “quattro” setting that allows one to choose between “Auto”, “Comfort” ( smooths bumps very well) or “Dynamic” (stiffer setting), as first seen on the TT and superlative R8. This mode brings forth a louder (artificially enhanced) engine roar, which while still half a notch lower than RS cars produce certainly makes the S3 more aurally appealing than it has ever been. Inside, the car now features Audi's virtual cockpit, where instruments are graphically displayed on a 12.3'' colour screen behind the wheel, with two modes, large tacho/speedo plus other assorted info, or small speedo and tacho on the sides, with say a SatNav map filling most of the screen, which is much safer for drivers to look at than on the central media display. The retractable popup 7'' touch colour media display can also be controlled by a knob on the centre console. Nappa leather Sports front seats are optional.

With all its attributes, the feeling you have is that the car wants to be driven with enthusiasm, and this is made so easy. Just tug the gear lever down from Drive and it goes into a sportier programme, delivering smooth and addictive acceleration.

In this mode you tend to stay in fourth gear in the city, but will be amazed at how flexible the gear is. To get to the seventh cog, you need to shift back to normal Drive and be extra light on the throttle.

Having a refined all-wheel-drive system allows the S3 to transmit its generous output to the tarmac with practically no slippage loss. The car feels almost magnetically held to the road going around a curve... sharp, agile and well balanced.

There is vehicle and pedestrian detection below 65 km/h with emergency braking, front/rear sensors and reversing camera.
  • Engine: 1,984cc 4 cylinder intercooled turbocharged petrol with direct fuel injection
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch S-tronic, quattro AWD
  • Power: 213kW at 5,400 – 6,500 rpm
  • Max torque: 380Nm at 1,850-5,300 rpm
  • Speed: 0-100 4.8sec, Top 250km/h
  • Fuel: premium unleaded, Consumption 6.5 L/100, CO2 151 gm/km, Tank 55 litres
  • Dimensions: L 4469 W 1960 (inc mirrors) H 1392 WB 2631 Unladen Weight: 1545kg

  • Media: AM/FM/Digital Radio, 10 speaker 180 watt, CD/DVD/Aux In, Apple Carplay, Android Auto

  • Wheels: 18'' alloys
  • Brakes: Ventilated front discs rear discs ABS ESP and Brake Assist / Hill Assist
  • Safety: curtain airbags plus airbags front and rear, 5 stars (Euro NCAP)
  • Basic Price: $64,500 plus ORC
  • The Audi S3 Sedan is covered by Audi’s 3-years/unlimited km warranty.
  • A 3-years/45,000km servicing plan costs only $1,700. Servicing is recommended at 15,000km/one year intervals.