Whether you choose the Sportback or Saloon, there’s little danger your neighbours will mistake it for an A3. The ‘S’ identity of the S3 is defined by the 15mm lower ride height, black rhomboid singleframe grille, deep air intakes and rear diffuser with quad exhaust pipes. The side flanks are strongly sculpted to throw visual emphasis on the bulging wheel arches. Within the interior, there are high gloss piano black surfaces, a compact gearshift and a choice of aluminium or carbon inlays. Sports seats are in Nappa leather with contrast stitching. Both models are a fraction longer and wider than their predecessors, giving a little more interior space for shoulders and elbows, and there’s 325 litres of boot space, extending to 1,145 litres when the Sportback’s split rear seats are folded.


The new S3 is equipped with Audi’s third generation Multi-Media Interface system, which has ten times the processing power of its predecessor. Driver instrumentation is conveyed by a 10.25-inch digital display with the option of an upgrade to the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit Plus. Infotainment is controlled via voice or the 10.1-inch touchscreen, which can recognise letters entered by hand and provides clear acoustic feedback. An inbuilt SIM card provides a Wi-Fi hotspot and instant traffic connectivity, and the standard MyAudi app lets you check up on your S3 remotely via your smartphone.


Equipped with the S badge, this S3 range features a 2.0-litre TFSI quattro engine, all four wheels are driven by the powertrain’s 296bhp, so you can experience the combination of gripping power and inspired technology for yourself. Audi have also enhanced the steering and exhaust systems which makes this range very dynamic. The Audi S3 range can be equipped with an optional seven speed S tronic gearbox, accelerating this range from 0 – 62mph in just 4.6 seconds. Further enjoyment is provided by the car’s entertainment system. The MMI radio which includes a CD player and SD card reader for you to bring your own music to the party. FM and DAB radio and music can also be played using your smartphone on Apple Play or Android Auto through the eight-speaker system when you sync your device with the car. There’s also a satellite navigation system that can be voice controlled through the infotainment system. The temperature can be controlled using the Climatronic dials and light and rain sensors as standard make this model even more comfortable and fun to drive.


Fast it may be, but the S3 is also a reassuringly safe way to travel. It comes as standard with Audi pre sense front, swerve assist with turn assist, and lane departure warning. Optional assistance systems include lane change assistant with exit warning system and rear cross traffic alert. Adaptive cruise assist maintains the speed and distance to the vehicle in front and assists with lane guidance by gentle steering interventions.