On its launch 20 years ago, the Audi S3 shook up the hot-hatch category with a twist on the tried-and-tested hatchback car. Two decades on, the lure of the S3 still proves strong as the German car maker launches the latest incarnation of the hot-hatch – the new Audi S3.
Available as both the Sportback and Saloon models, the news S3 range certainly packs a punch. Capable of 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds thanks to a powerful 2.0 FFSI engine that delivers around 310 BHP and 400 Nm of torque. All of this results in a top speed of 155mph. That’s a lot of oomph for a family hatchback.
Inside and out, Audi has ensured that power is met with detailed substance. Interiors are comfy and spot on for the benchmark Audi holds itself to. Exteriors are typical of an Audi model, slick lines and aggressive road styling.
For all this quality, the new S3 range is competitively priced within the UK market. The Sportback Quattro is available from £37,900 and the Saloon is available from £38,465 – with quattro all-wheel-drive technology coming as standard.