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Audi S3 (8Y) Sedan (2020)

MSRP 46302 EURNeoscore 50%NEX score 77%

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Product Overview

The 4th-gen Audi S3 is the high-performance version of the company's popular hatchback; to accommodate the preference of certain markets, it is also available in sedan form.

Drivetrain

Powered by an updated version of the 2.0 TFSI in the outgoing S3, the 4th-gen S3 has 310 PS of power (10 PS higher than before) and 400 Nm of torque at its disposal. The same seven-speed S tronic with lightning-fast gear shifts and freewheeling function and the quattro all-wheel drive deliver the torque to the road. The hydraulic multi-plate clutch in front of the rear axle is fully variable and moves between the front and the back as required, combining dynamic performance with stability and efficiency.

Design

The front of the new S3 is dominated by a larger hombus-patterned grille and impressive air inlets, while the housings of the exterior mirrors have a gleaming aluminum look. The shoulder of the body extends in a strong line from the headlights to the rear lights. The areas below are curved inward—a new element of Audi’s design that places a stronger emphasis on the wheel arches.

Technology

The computing power of the new modular infotainment platform (MIB 3) is ten times higher than that of its predecessor. It features LTE Advanced connectivity and has an integrated WiFi hotspot.
Another feature is the Audi connect key, which authorizes the customer to lock and unlock the car and start the engine via their Android smartphone.
Audi pre-sense front, swerve assist with turn assist, and lane departure warning are included as standard. Further assist systems, such as lane change and exit warnings as well as the cross-traffic and park assist systems, are available optionally.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 50% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Decent performance
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
Cons
  • Only available with small engines
  • Stuck with MacPherson struts in the front

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Impressive performance and handling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Impressive mid-range performance
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Lack of dynamic character
  • Not as comfortable as predecessor
  • Not the most fun to drive
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Mushy steering
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Specifications

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
325 L / 11.5 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
10.0 L / 10.6 qt
Engine Oil Capacity
5.7 L / 6.0 qt
Fuel Capacity
55.0 L / 14.5 gal
Passengers
5
Payload
520 kg / 1146 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
Power Steering
Electric Steering
Suspension | Front
MacPherson strut
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
Tire Size
225/40 R 18 92 Y XL
Turning Circle
11.1 m / 36.4 ft

Construction

Body Style
4-door Sedan

Dimensions

Size | Height
1415 mm / 55.7 in
Size | Length
4504 mm / 177.3 in
Size | Width
1816 mm / 71.5 in | 1984 mm / 78.1 in (mirror unfolded)
Track Width | Front
1545.0 mm / 60.8 in
Track Width | Rear
1519.0 mm / 59.8 in
Weight
1505.0 kg / 3318.0 lbs
Wheel Size
8 J x 18
Wheelbase
2630 mm / 103.5 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
4.8 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
4.6 sec
CO2 Emission
165 ~ 166 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag
0.29
Fuel Economy
7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (combined) | 9.1 L/100km / 25.8 MPG (urban) | 6.2 L/100km / 37.9 MPG (highway)
Top Speed
250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (transverse), All-wheel drive
Emission Standard
EURO 6
Engine
DNF
Engine | Bore
82.5 mm / 3.2 in
Engine | Compression Ratio
9.3:1
Engine | Displacement
2.0 L / 121.1 cu-in / 1984.0 cc
Engine | Power
310.0 hp / 231.2 kW @ 5450-6500 rpm
Engine | Specific Output
156.2 hp/L / 2.6 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke
92.8 mm / 3.7 in
Engine | Torque
400 Nm / 295.0 lb-ft @ 2000-5450 rpm
Engine | Type
Turbocharged direct-injected petrol inline-4 engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
7-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic S tronic

Production

Availability
2020
Debut
2020-08-11
Made In
Germany

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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 79%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
S3 can take pretty much everything you can throw at it, even if it is compromised in a few areas. It carried our luggage for a week, it’s efficient, it boasts some excellent big-car tech and infotainment. It felt reassuringly solid when storms rolled in off the Atlantic. Yes, it could do with a little more personality, but I’d go so far as to say it can be fun.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment
Cons
  • Mushy steering
  • Not the most practical

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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Audi S3 Sportback 2020 review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/audi/s3-2013-2016/first-drives/audi-s3-sportback-2020-review. 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ New Audi S3 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/audi/s3/108964/new-audi-s3-2020-review. 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ New Audi S3 Saloon 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/audi/s3/353534/new-audi-s3-saloon-2020-review. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Audi S3 Sportback: long-term test review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/audi/s3/355836/audi-s3-sportback-long-term-test-review. 2021-08-25. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
5. ^ Audi RS3 Sportback review. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/audi/audi-rs3-sportback-2017-review/. 2020-01-16. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Audi S3 Sportback (2020) review: the tactical warhead. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/audi/s3-sportback/. 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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