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Audi S3 (4th, 8Y) Review Rundown

AudiPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Incredibly easy to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
Cons**
  • 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[*] 78%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
Quattro system has been very lightly revised and those adaptive dampers are now based around a more traditional hydraulic set-up rather than the Magnetic Ride system that was employed by the last S3. This, Audi says, makes for handling that is “even more sporty and nimble” Excellent. It all seems to work rather nicely, too, because the S3 remains a car that’s incredibly easy to drive incredibly quickly.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive mid-range performance
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Quattro system isn’t quite as sporty as rivals
  • Lack of dynamic character

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
wheel drive, and power gets to the wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with paddles on the steering wheel for driver input. The result is 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, while top speed remains electronically limited to 155mph. The S3 rides 15mm lower than the regular A3 on its standard passive suspension set-up, but high-spec cars such as the Edition One driven here are fitted with adaptive dampers.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable ride
  • Quattro all-wheel drive
Cons[**]
  • No manual gearbox

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The S3 Saloon is the latest version of Audi's top-of-the-range hot hatch. The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine has received a 10bhp power bump. Top spec Vorsprung models get adaptive dampers, which past experience suggests will add a layer of sophistication to the way the car deals with bumps. Prices start from £38,465 which, at only £565 more than the Sportback.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful Vorsprung engine
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Not quite as fast as predecessor
  • Not as comfortable as predecessor

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Impressive performance and handling
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Mushy steering
  • Fiddly infotainment system

carmagazine[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
It's mad to think this frankly bonkers performance is available in a family hatchback and represents the entry point to RS ownership. This car is barely 20bhp down on 2005's V8 powered RS4 and its fabulous engine offers way more intrigue than any of its 2.0-litre rivals. The appeal of all that shove and character combined with five doors, two Isofix points and the capacity to haul 335 to 1175 litres of luggage is undeniably strong.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous looks
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Fun to drive
Cons[**]
  • Pricier than rivals
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive

carmagazine[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo makes 306bhp and 295lb ft, sprinting to 62mph in 4.8 seconds and onto 155mph. New tech includes a Haldex 6 multi-plate clutch slung under the boot floor. For the first time, the S3’s quattro system can now be entirely rear-wheel drive in extremis.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Impressive handling
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Lack of grip

References

1. ^ Audi S3 Sportback 2020 review. autocar. 2020-09-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ New Audi S3 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-09-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ New Audi S3 Saloon 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-10-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Audi S3 Sportback: long-term test review. autoexpress. 2021-08-25 Retrieved 2021-08-27.
5. ^ Audi RS3 Sportback review. carmagazine. 2020-01-16 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Audi S3 Sportback (2020) review: the tactical warhead. carmagazine. 2020-09-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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