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Expert opinion

Audi pretty much invented the premium hot hatch with the first-generation Audi S3 back in 1999, effectively dropping in the running gear and engine from the Audi TT sports car into the A3. And although BMW and Mercedes have subsequently jumped on the posh hot hatch bandwagon (Mercedes especially), the Audi S3 has remained the go-to fast hatch for those wanting surefooted four-wheel-drive handling, high-end build quality and performance that – while perhaps not mind-blowing – is more than capable of raising a smile.    The first-generation Audi S3 (Type 8L in Audi codename-speak) wasn’t the most exciting car in handling terms, but subsequent versions have become consistently more engaging – as well as more powerful and faster to boot. Early cars had to make do with 210hp, while the most recent models (both the last of the third-generation car and the fourth-gen model) can muster a chunky 310hp.      If you want visceral hot hatch thrills an S3 might not fit the bill, but as a comfortable, classy everyday car with meaty performance there for when you want it, it’s a mighty machine. And yes, it shares much of its underpinnings with the VW Golf R, but the two cars feel very different.

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Frequently asked questions

  • You can find a great used Audi S3 on PistonHeads ranging from £5,200 to £52,995. You can expect to pay from £3,500 for an 8L, from £5,200 for an 8P, from £14,700 for an 8V and from £35,500 for an 8Y in today's market.
  • The Audi S3 can reach a top speed of 155mph.
  • You can expect to average 31.0 - 35.3mpg & CO2 emissions are an estimated 158 - 217g/km, depending on the model.
    • Engine size: 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbo - 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo.
    • Power: 210 - 310hp.
    • Torque: 199 - 295lb-ft.
    • 0-60: 4.8 - 6.3sec, depending on the year & version.
    • Transmission: 6-speed manual and 6-speed or 7-speed automatic, all-wheel drive.
  • The Audi S3 is available as a hatchback, sportback, saloon and convertible.
  • The Audi S3 8L generation first arrived in 1999. The second (8P) generation was launched in 2006, bringing a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with it and 3-door and 5-door cars as an option. The Black Edition trim level arrived with the 8P facelift, with the 8V generation launching in 2013. The 8V was facelifted in 2017, bringing Black Edition back as a trim level for the S3. The current generation (8Y) arrived in 2020.

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