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Audi S3 (4th, 8Y) Review Rundown

AudiPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Audi S3 Sportback Hatchback & Sedan (4th gen, Typ 8Y)
Neoscore* 65%
  • Incredibly easy to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The original S3 is arguably the car that kick-started an entirely different and slightly wilder automotive genre: the mega-hatch. With four-wheel drive, a manual gearbox, 207bhp, and a compact hatchback body, the new S3 sits pretty at the top of Audi's family hatch range. Still, Audi's gamble on using touchscreen and voice-activated controls for its infotainment systems hasn't paid off as richly as it would have liked.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
The new Audi S3 is based on an evolved version of the VW Group's MQB architecture. As before, power has been dialled up to 306bhp to give it a bit of an edge over its Volkswagen Group cousins, while torque remains at a hefty 295lb ft. MacPherson struts comprise the front suspension and a multi-link arrangement is employed at the rear. Optional adaptive dampers are also available and were fitted to our test car.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive power output
  • Impressive rear-seat handling
  • Fantastic infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 48%
Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
The Audi S3 is once again the most affordable route into Audi's fashionable S and RS stables. The 207bhp original, now considered an attractive modern classic, came in for criticism because Audi dared to use the ‘quattro’ moniker. The S3 has been comfortably superseded at the top of the sports premium compact hierarchy by a new breed of 400bhp-plus supercar-fast hatches.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Excellent standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
The first-gen S3 of 1999 is credited with democratising the all-paw everyday fast hatch. Like the base 2020 A3, the S3's platform is an evolved version of the ubiquitous Volkswagen Group MQB underpinnings. The Haldex-style clutch-based four-wheel drive system remains, with torque vectoring carried out via braking inputs.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Comfortable and comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
For buyers wanting a premium hot hatch, it certainly fits the bill. However, a Honda Civic Type R offers more fun for less cash, if that's what matters the most. This is the new Audi S3, one of two hot A3 models on the way (the five-cylinder RS 3 is due in 2021) and the company's answer to the Mercedes-AMG A 35.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The new Audi S3 Saloon is an all-rounder that holds plenty of appeal. The reduction in price between it and the cheaper Sportback hatchback makes it more tempting than ever. Though the S3's tech has leaped forward compared to the old model, we feel that cabin quality has taken a step back. Rivals from Mercedes and BMW arguably out-perform the Audi in several key areas.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of driver-assistance tech
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 50%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Audi S3 has made a solid start with many recognisable positives, including its performance and handling, plus its tech. However, the firm ride hasn't thrilled my passengers on recent trips. The S3 uses the VW Group's ubiquitous 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine tuned to produce 306bhp.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive performance and handling
  • Impressive handling
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

carmagazine[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
2.5-litre turbocharged five-pot means a 0.2 second improvement from 0-62mph, knocking a tenth off the Mercedes-AMG A45. It is still almost half a second behind its supercar-shaming coupe engine donor - the price of usable back seats and a capacious boot. It's mad to think this frankly bonkers performance is available in a family hatchback.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful twin-turbo V8 engine
  • Lots of fun to drive
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

carmagazine[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 58%
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The new 2020 Audi S3 Sportback has a new look to coincide with the regular A3. New tech includes a Haldex 6 multi-plate clutch slung under the boot floor. Adaptive suspension is on the options list, as are larger 19-inch wheels. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo makes 306bhp and 295lb ft.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful all-wheel drive
  • Impressive handling
  • Lots of fun to drive
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Audi S3 Sportback 2020 review. Autocar. 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Audi S3 Sportback verdict. Autocar. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Audi S3 Saloon 2020 UK review. Autocar. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ New Audi S3 2020 review. Autoexpress. 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ New Audi S3 Saloon 2020 review. Autoexpress. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ Audi S3 Sportback: long-term test review. Autoexpress. 2021-08-25. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  7. 7. ^ Audi RS3 Sportback review. Carmagazine. 2020-01-16. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. 8. ^ Audi S3 Sportback (2020) review: the tactical warhead. Carmagazine. 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  9. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  10. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  11. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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