Pint-sized super star
consumption and more features. There will be no three-door (not enough interest, Audi says) so we’ll see the five-door Sportback body and— for the first time early next year— an S3 sedan. the $65,000 to $70,000 bracket, a bit cheaper than its keenly anticipated rival from Mercedes-Benz, the A45AMG that’s due in September.
For a compact car the S3 is expensive but repays with exceptional build quality, clever engineering and driving dynamics that will make any critic rejoice. Equipment levels include a high-end satnav integrating Google Earth imaging, driver fatigue monitor, xenon headlights with LED tail lights, leather upholstery and 18-inch alloys.
Despite having the same capacity as the outgoing model, the 2.0-litre engine is new and its 221kW/380Nm output is up 33kW/50Nm which it gets via all-wheel-drive.
Fuel use through the sixspeed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is claimed at 6.9 litres/ 100km, down 8.3 litres. It equates to a new 0-100km/h