Get sporty with Audi

Get sporty with Audi

Paul Maric gets behind the wheel of the luxurious new Audi S3 Sportback

By Paul Maric | 7th April 2014

When it comes to hot hatches, they don’t get much hotter or much more prestigious than the Audi S3. Built on the A3 platform, the S3 aims to shame its competitors with an impressive all-wheel-drive turbocharged package.

Recently undergoing a makeover, the S3 now looks better and packs in more features than ever. Exterior changes include a new front and rear, along with quad exhaust pipes for the range-topping S3.

Inside the cabin Audi has gone to great lengths to make the range feel luxurious and high quality. Some new features to the range include a joystick style knob that controls audio and navigation, a fold out colour screen and sensational 10-speaker stereo.

Even more impressive is a large pad on top of the joystick that allows the driver or passenger to write destinations, phone numbers or contacts with their finger — it’s enough to keep you entertained for hours.

The real action happens behind the wheel and under the bonnet. Featuring a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the S3 produces a mammoth 206kW and 380Nm of torque. These impressive power figures give the S3 a 0-100km/h time of just 5.0-seconds, that’s seriously quick.

Available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the S3 puts its power to the ground through all four wheels. The nature of the drivetrain means the S3 is weapon-like through corners. Unlimited grip and superb communication through the steering wheel makes this $59,900 hot-hatch feel like it’s worth every cent.

Almost as impressive is the fuel consumption. Averaging just 6.9L/100km and 7.0L/100km respectively between the automatic and manual, you won’t spend much time at the service station.

The S3 is loaded with features and now represents a new benchmark in prestigious hot-hatch motoring. If it was my money, I would be hunting down a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters to call my own.

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Article by Paul Maric

With over eight years’ experience in the industry, Paul Maric tests over 100 vehicles each year to sort the good from the bad. Coupled with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Paul’s automotive knowledge is unparalleled. If you need any further information about a tested vehicle, catch Paul on Twitter -


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